All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘astrophysics’

Stephen Hawking Is an Atheist, But Does Have Faith in Something

In a recent interview with El Mundo, Stephen Hawking confirmed that he is an atheist. This may come as a surprise to some, since Hawking has been known to speak and write about such things as knowing “the mind of God” by science expounding a “theory of everything”. Later, though, Hawking also said that the universe can be created “out …

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New Research Reveals Supernova Secrets

Supernovae seem easy enough to understand. Stars age, using up all of their fusion fuel and burst in a fiery display that helps to create the wide variety of elements seen throughout the universe. The trouble is, astronomers don’t yet actually understand the fine details that well. Today astronomers got a bit closer to unravelling the mysteries of these stellar …

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IBEX’s Giant Interstellar “Ribbon” Explained

A new study using data from NASA‘s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission has put forth an explanation for an interstellar “ribbon” of energetic neutral atoms. The ribbon confounded researchers in 2009 when IBEX was able to map the interstellar boundary at the edge of our heliosphere, where particles from inside the solar system interact with and bounce off galactic material. …

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Enormous Galaxy Cluster Spotted by NASA’s WISE

Galaxy clusters, the rarest of galaxy groupings, can be difficult for astronomers to find. NASA‘s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope, however, has just found a gigantic galaxy cluster, and is expected to uncover thousands more. The new findings have been published in The Astrophysical Journal. “One of the key questions in cosmology is how did the first bumps …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Live-Tweets The MLB All-Star Game With Predictably Awesome Results

Neil deGrasse Tyson is about the only truly famous astrophysicist we have these days, but boy has he taken off like a rocket (pun most definitely intended). Through countless televisions appearances and a strong online presence, the Hayden Planetarium director has gained quite the pop culture status. Science is fascinating, fun, and invaluable. That’s what I take from Neil deGrasse …

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