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Picturing The Crab Nebula

    Picturing The Crab Nebula By Judith E Braffman-Miller In 1054, Chinese astronomers stared up at the night sky in wonder, as they observed a new and mysterious object dancing in the Universe. This strange celestial object, that heralded the explosive “death” of a massive star, told the sad tale of how once there was a star that is…

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The Massive Star That Died, Not With A Bang, But With A Whimper

The Massive Star That Died, Not With A Bang, But With A Whimper By Judith E Braffman-Miller A black hole of stellar mass is born when a massive star experiences a gravitational collapse, and perishes in the brilliantly beautiful, and furiously fatal, fiery core-collapse of a supernova explosion. At least that’s the way it usually happens, but some especially massive…

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The Stellar Baby Boom

The Stellar Baby Boom By Judith E Braffman-Miller Sparkling in a wild, frenzied, and joyful dance throughout the vast and mysterious expanse of Space and Time, the stars that we see shining and shimmering in our dark clear sky at night were all mostly born in an explosive stellar “baby boom” that occurred about 10 billion years ago. Galaxies, like…

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Betelgeuse Is Spinning As Fast As It Can

  Betelgeuse Is Spinning As Fast As It Can By Judith E Braffman-Miller Poised brilliantly on the shoulder of Orion The Hunter, the red supergiant, superstar Betelgeuse sparkles ominously, mysteriously in the sky–silently keeping to itself a well-cloaked secret about its own impending, explosive demise. The ninth brightest star in the night sky, as well as the second-brightest star in…

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