PowerPulsar ahead

ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible. The pulsar is also the most distant of its kind…

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When the hard GRB does Boom.

… GRBs are the brightest events in our universe. They’re known to fall into two (fairly) distinct categories: short-duration, “hard” GRBs and long-duration, “soft” GRBs. Short GRBs last ∼0.1 seconds and are spectrally hard, meaning…


Born 544 years ago

544 Years ago Mikołaj Kopernik was born. You might wonder why I call him Koppernigk. In German, his name is Niklas Koppernigk. He was born in Prussia as Niklaus Koppernigk. But in those days, we…


Black Hole watching

They have built an Earth-sized “virtual telescope” by linking a large array of radio receivers – from the South Pole, to Hawaii, to the Americas and Europe. There is optimism that observations to be conducted…


Juno keeps its distance

NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno…


Protons are strange

The four elementary forces of nature are gravitation, electromagnetism, weak nuclear force (or interaction) and strong nuclear force (or interaction), These forces behave like a field with waves, but can be identified as a particle…