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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 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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Gravitational Waves From Long Ago And Far, Far Away

Gravitational Waves From Long Ago And Far, Far Away By Judith E Braffman-Miller After the late summer storm that blasted through the starlit twilight, the warm wind still continued to rage, causing ripples to form in the lingering puddles on the pavement–while the little girl watched in wonder. Ripples on water are similar to the ripples in the fabric of…

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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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