When Dead Stars Collide By Judith E Braffman-Miller Before the first stars were born, the Universe was an expanse of featureless darkness–devoid of light and life. The first generation of stars to shatter this swath of blackness, with their fierce stellar fires, were not like the stars we see today, because they were not born the same way….
A Bevy Of Black Holes In Our Galaxy’s Secretive Heart By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our Milky Way Galaxy has a secretive heart of darkness, enshrouded in mystery, and well-hidden from our sight. Within this strange region, there resides a powerful gravitational beast–a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A–or Sgr A (pronounced saj-a-star) for short, that weighs millions of…Read More
Exploring The Mysteries Of The Cosmos With Spacetime Ripples By Judith E Braffman-Miller Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of Spacetime, and these ripples travel through the Universe at the speed of light, taking with them secrets that have long been hidden from those who are trying to solve its myriad mysteries. These propagating ripples, that have frequently been…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More