Weekly Space Hangout – November 11, 2016: Pat Ammons and Bob King

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guests: Pat Ammons is Director of Communications, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, to discuss SpaceCamp. Bob King is a UT contributor who will be joining us to promote his new book “Night Sky with the Naked Eye.” Guests: Kimberly Cartier ( KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg) […]

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Whittling Away At SN1987A

A team of Australian astronomers has been busy utilizing some of the world’s leading radio telescopes located in both Australia and Chile to carve away at the layered remains of a relatively new supernova. Designated as SN1987A, the 28 year-old stellar cataclysm came to Southern Hemisphere observer’s attention when it sprang into action at the […]

Nearby Galaxy Holds First Ultraluminous X-Ray Source that is a Pulsar

A research team led by Caltech astronomers of Pasadena California have discovered an ultraluminous X-ray (ULX) source that is pulsating. Their analysis concluded that the source in a nearby galaxy – M82 – is from a rotating neutron star, a pulsar. This is the first ULX source attributed to a pulsar. (…)Read the rest of Nearby […]

Split-Personality Pulsar Switches From Radio To Gamma-Rays

Another snapshot of our strange universe: astronomers recently caught a pulsar — a particular kind of dense star — switch off its radio beacon while powerful gamma rays brightened fivefold. “It’s almost as if someone flipped a switch, morphing the system from a lower-energy state to a higher-energy one,” stated lead researcher Benjamin Stappers, an […]