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In August 2017, a huge breakthrough in astronomy was made by a whisper of an event. 130 million light-years away, a binary neutron star system — two super-dense neutron stars orbiting one another — in the galaxy NGC 4993 spiraled in together and merged. This event, dubbed GW 170817 (for the [...]
Thu, May 31, 2018
Source: Bad Astronomy
I've always been fascinated by interacting galaxies. Part of that is simply the scale. Galaxies are immense structures. When you go outside at night and look up, you can see a few thousand stars. Almost all of them are relatively close to the Sun, with the vast majority being less than [...]
Thu, May 31, 2018
Source: Bad Astronomy
If you leave our Milky Way galaxy and back away from it — and even at the speed of light this will take, oh, two or three hundred thousand years, so pack a lunch — you'll see we're surrounded by dozens of much smaller galaxies. Two stand out, though: the [...]
Wed, May 30, 2018
Source: Bad Astronomy

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