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March 4, 2014

Space Telescopes Image Supernova in M82

In January a new supernova was spotted in the M82 galaxy – dubbed SN2014J is one of the closest supernovae to occur in the last couple of decades while active observation has been in effect. It is though to be a type Ia Supernova, formed when one of a pair of stars collapses into a white dwarf star which then accumulates material from its partner until enough materials has passed to the dwarf star for it to collapse in on itself – SN2014J is the closest type Ia supernova to occur since SN1972E whose observation forms much of the basis of understanding of type Ia supernovae.

NASA’s Spitzer infrared spectrum telescope took the main image on this article, [...]

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April 24, 2013

Chandra unravels the origin of Kepler’s Supernova

X-ray data from the Chandra observatory has shed new light on the origin of “Kepler’s Supernova”, first seen in 1604 by Johannes Kepler himself.

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April 6, 2013

Planck reveals new detail in cosmic background radiation

The Planck mission has released a new sky map of the cosmic microwave background radiation – the after-echo of the Big Bang, revealing unprecedented detail.

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February 28, 2013

X-ray observatories confirm black hole spinning at nearly the speed of light itself.

Yesterday a study was published showing that a black hole in the center of NGC1365 is spinning at near the speed limit of the universe – ┬ábut how did this black hole get to spin that fast in only one direction?

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February 20, 2013

Chandra finds what might be the youngest black hole in our galaxy

A new study out of MIT using data from the Chandra X-Ray observatory might have found the youngest black hole in our galaxy at around 26,000 years old.

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