It looks like the most voracious beasts of the universe, supermassive black holes, may have an upper limit to their appetites. Calculations show that beyond 50 billion solar masses, they go on a permanent hunger strike because their buffet table disappears.
Two research teams each claim they potentially made discoveries of perhaps huge super-earth planets possibly near the edge of our solar system……maybe. If you read that carefully you may get a vague sense that the jury is still out about exactly what the astronomers have detected. This research was recently posted on the (in)famous arXiv
Researchers have a created a new phase of Carbon, distinct from the well-known graphite and diamond. This new phase, called Q-Carbon, not only has surprising characteristics but it can also be used to create useful structures made of diamond. Carbon is pretty cool if you think about it. Take a gander at some its most
Those pesky scientists are predicting that the nature of the universe might soon introduce a fundamental limit to the resolution of deep space galaxies using our next generation of telescopes.
Using a telescope to resolve objects in deep space is not an easy task. Just looking up into the night sky with your naked eyes can give you a clue to that fact. We all know that stars twinkle (astronomers call it scintillation). But why does this happen? It’s all because of our wonderful and horrible atmosphere.
What you see here is an artist’s impression of the hottest most massive binary stars discovered to-date. These conjoined stars (called VFTS 352) are 160 000 light-years away in the Tarantula Nebula. They were spotted by the European Space Organization’s descriptively-named “Very Large Telescope”. Look up at the night sky. About 80% of those singular
Jupiter has recently had its own glamour shots recently and they are not only gorgeous, they reveal structures and complexities in its upper cloud layers like no other images before it.
Mars isn’t the only big astronomy news grabbing headlines this past week. Pluto still has much to offer the science news cycle like this stunning highest Resolution image of the dwarf planet to date.
Despite the fact that the New Horizons craft passed Pluto last July, it still has many months of slow uploading of its data to do over its agonizingly slow dish antennas. Remember how lame those old 14.4 modems were? These are worse. The wait will be worth it though if there’s more images like this on its Horizons hard-drive.