Behold The Biggest Explosion Since The Big Bang!

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Astronomers have observed the effect of a colossal explosion, the most energetic known since the very beginning of the universe, and at least five times more powerful than the...

Could The Earth Turn Into A Neutron Star?

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"Everyone always wants to turn the earth in a black hole! Instead, COULD YOU turn it into a neutron star?" Ooooh! I like this question! Chris is right, black holes hold the fascination of many as the densest objects in the universe, but the "humble" neutron stars shouldn't be considered the offsprings of a lesser god.

What’s The Best Name For A Moon’s Moon?

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The latest episode of The Astroholic LIVE was able to accidentally capture (or presciently if you want to give me more credit) the zeitgeist of this week’s discussion about...
The Omega Centauri cluster. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

The Alpha and The Omega (Centauri) of Habitable Planets

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Finding out if there is life in the Universe is far from easy and even the preliminary steps are full of uncertainties. Planetary scientists don’t completely agree on what...

Why Does The Moon Go Red During An Eclipse?

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I know why the moon goes red during a total eclipse. But why does it not go red until near totality? Phil, London This is actually a very interesting question, with...

What Would Happen If The Sun Disappeared ? – AGAIN!

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In a previous post, I discussed how long the Earth would be able to survive without the Sun. We had to assume that our star would magically disappear into...
Artist’s impression of the merger of two neutron stars. Credit: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick

Gravitational Waves Were Used To Look Inside Neutron Stars

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Last October, scientists witnessed the first neutron star collision thanks to gravitational wave observations and the subsequent use of regular telescopes. Those observations were the first step towards a...

Seeing Steve – Observing the new Aurora phenomenon 

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As you might have seen in a previous post, I was recently in the Arctic circle and was lucky enough to enjoy the natural spectacle of the Aurora borealis!...

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

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Hawking's 'The Universe In a Nutshell' was one of the first astronomy books that I read. It was a revelation and it solidified in me the desire to become...