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Picturing An Evil Star In The Wreckage Of Its Stellar Companion

    Picturing An Evil Star In The Wreckage Of Its Stellar Companion By Judith E Braffman-Miller Supernovae are the most powerful of all known stellar explosions, and they can be detected all the way to the very edge of the visible Universe. Indeed, for one brief shining moment, the fireworks display performed by these exploding stars can out-dazzle their…

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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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The Best And The Brightest Pulsar

The Best And The Brightest Pulsar By Judith E Braffman-Miller The ghostly relic of a massive star, that has just gone screaming into oblivion as a result of the dazzling, colorful fireworks of a supernova explosion, pulsars are city-sized, newborn neutron stars. Spinning rapidly, these stellar relics send beams of light out into the space between stars with a regularity…

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Oddball Pulsars: First They Appear And Then They’re Gone

Oddball Pulsars: First They Appear And Then They’re Gone By Judith E Braffman-Miller Pulsars are rapidly rotating baby neutron stars that are born from the funeral pyre of a massive progenitor star that has ended its stellar “life” in the violent, tragic tantrum of a supernova explosion. This final blaze of glory blasted the glowing, shimmering, varicolored outer gaseous layers…

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