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Sagittarius A*

It’s funny… Sagittarius A* seems to hold the same fascination for me these days that the Sun used to hold when I was just a kid. I’ve been meaning on writing something about this for a while now, and seeing … Continue reading

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Fire in the Sky

So while I’m running with the theme of supernovae, here’s an interesting thought… What would happen if a supernova happened near us. Not too near, obviously. As delightful as writing about the planet being vapourised may be, the probabilities of … Continue reading

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One Hundred Million Suns

Supernovae, as I mentioned in my previous post, are among the most powerful events in the entire known universe. There are even a few different types — Type Ia happen when a greedy white dwarf accumulates too much mass, Type … Continue reading

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Kaboom!

Apparently, lots of people were disappointed by NASA’s cryptic press release only being about a supernova. In our own galaxy. That’s right, only a supernova. It’s ok, it’s only one of the most powerful events in the naturally occurring universe, … Continue reading

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Exploding Space Peanuts!

How bizarre. In a small galaxy called Holmberg IX (about 12 million light years away), some Astronomers in Ohio have discovered a close binary pair of yellow supergiant stars. Yellow supergiants are rare enough (supergiant stars are unstable when they’re … Continue reading

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