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Solving The Andromeda Galaxy’s Bright Mystery

Solving The Andromeda Galaxy’s Bright Mystery By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our Milky Way’s closest large galactic neighbor, the spiral Andromeda galaxy, has a strange, and very well-kept secret that it has long successfully hidden from the prying eyes of curious astronomers. Andromeda features a powerful source of high-energy X-ray emission, but its identity has remained an intriguing mystery–until now. In…

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Mysterious Dark Matter Is Missing In Ancient Galaxies

Mysterious Dark Matter Is Missing In Ancient Galaxies By Judith E Braffman-Miller The Universe keeps its secrets well. Long before there was anything around with eyes to see, the galaxies formed, and the myriad of sparkling, brilliant stars were born–lighting up what had previously been a barren swath of featureless darkness. The most widely accepted theory of how the galaxies…

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Sagittarius – A-Star’s Last Banquet

Sagittarius – A-Star’s Last Banquet By Judith E Braffman-Miller Secretive, sinister, and gluttonous, supermassive black holes hide in the hearts of perhaps every large galaxy in the Universe–including our own barred-spiral Milky Way. Such supermassive hearts-of-darkness feed on ill-fated wandering stars, as well as on doomed clouds of floating gas, that have traveled too close to their inescapable gravitational embrace–never…

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The Mystery Hidden In Ancient Stardust

The Mystery Hidden In Ancient Stardust By Judith E Braffman-Miller Where did the stars come from? These shimmering spheres of glittering silvery light are generally thought to have ignited, soon after the Universe was born, in the exponential, wild inflation of the Big Bang about 13.8 billion years ago–lighting up with their newborn stellar flames what had been a strange,…

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Seven Earth-Size Worlds Inhabit The Family Of A Distant Star

  Seven Earth-Size Worlds Inhabit The Family Of A Distant Star By Judith E Braffman-Miller “Curioser and curioser,” said Alice as she explored the weirdness of a Wonderland world, and like her we search the Wonderland of a starlit sky above our planet in an effort to understand who we are by searching for that which is beyond ourselves. By…

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