It doesn't happen too often, but sometimes I'll see a press release and/or read a paper reporting a first-of-its-kind observation that genuinely surprises me because I figured it would've been done long ago. Going through some old emails, though, I saw a press release from a few years ago announcing astronomers [...]
Mon, Jun 07, 2021
Source: Bad Astronomy
People think black holes are scary, and I get that, I really do. But to me, the scariest objects in space aren't black holes. They're magnetars. These are a special kind of neutron stars, which are scary enough as is. When a massive star explodes at the end of its life [...]
Thu, Jun 03, 2021
Source: Bad Astronomy
It's a little bit weird how the very small is connected to the very large in our Universe. At some level it makes sense, since everything is made of subatomic particles, but in general the specifics of those particles is only important on incredibly small scales; on more human scales [...]
Tue, Jun 01, 2021
Source: Bad Astronomy

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