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September 21, 2014
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The source of the sky’s X-ray glow

ANN ARBOR — In findings that help astrophysicists understand our corner of the galaxy, an international research team has shown that the soft X-ray glow blanketing the sky comes from both inside and outside the solar system. The source of … Continue reading

September 7, 2013
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Catching Black Holes on the Fly

NASA’s black-hole-hunter spacecraft, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has “bagged” its first 10 supermassive black holes. The mission, which has a mast the length of a school bus, is the first telescope capable of focusing the highest-energy X-ray … Continue reading

September 6, 2013
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‘We may be able to watch dark energy turn on’: U-M involved in unprecedented sky survey

ANN ARBOR — Moonless nights outside the Cerro Tololo astronomical observatory in Chile are so dark that when you look down, you can’t see your feet. “You can’t see your hands,” said David Gerdes, physics professor at the University of … Continue reading

March 15, 2013
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‘Nuisance’ Data Lead to Surprising Star-Birth Discovery

When a batch of bright cosmic objects first appeared in maps in 2008 made with data from the South Pole Telescope, astronomers at the University of Chicago’s Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics regarded it only as an unavoidable nuisance. The … Continue reading

March 4, 2013
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A Long Distance Call: Astronaut’s Kids See Dad’s Office from Ladd

Space Station Commander Kevin Ford exchanged Valentine’s Day greetings with his adult kids Heidi and Anthony — he speeding by about 220 miles above Providence and they watching him fly past from Brown’s Ladd Observatory. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — … Continue reading

October 14, 2012
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How to Hunt a Space Rock

Peter Willis and his team of researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., had a problem. Actually, more like they had a solution that needed a problem. Confused? Let’s let Peter give it a shot… “My team and … Continue reading

September 25, 2012
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Infant Galaxy Offers Peek at Early Universe

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan State University astronomer is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered a galaxy so far, far away that its light was emitted not all that long after the Big Bang occurred. … Continue reading

September 1, 2012
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Supernovae of the Same Brightness, Cut From Vastly Different Cosmic Cloth

Berkeley Lab researchers make historic observation of rare Type 1a Supernova Exploding stars called Type 1a supernova are ideal for measuring cosmic distance because they are bright enough to spot across the Universe and have relatively the same luminosity everywhere. … Continue reading