A Star That Bursts, Blinks and Disappears Astronomers are reporting on a strange case where one of the littlest of stars "twinkled" with gamma rays, X-rays, and light -- and then vanished.
Then when the magnetic field decays the matter takes control and starts to dominate the jets. For 30 seconds in 2008, it was the most distant object visible to the naked eye — 7. EarthSky Updates on your cosmos and world. Gamma-ray bursts, or GRBs, are jets of the most energetic form of electromagnetic radiation that are emitted by exploding massive stars and the collisions of certain pairs of stars. Cesarsky Prof. With the sudden removal of the stellar core, the upper layers of the star come crashing down to fill in the cavity.
After eight years of searching for exoplanets, probing distant galaxies and exploring comets, Chris realized he enjoyed talking about astronomy a lot more than actually doing it.
NASA's Swift satellite has uncovered the previously unknown remains of a shattered star which ranks among the youngest-known supernova remnants in our Milky Way galaxy. Given that synchrotron radiation is one of the phenomena which can produce polarized light the data have yielded a crucial link between the synchrotron radiation and the initial phase of the gamma ray explosion.
And though the night sky is routinely bathed in their glow, we did not know they were there until very recently.
Raul Jimenez, a theoretical physicist at the University of Barcelona, decided to study whether GRBs delivered whammies often enough to disturb life throughout the cosmos. Future technologies based on the principles of quantum mechanics could revolutionize information technology.
Ultima Thule is shaped like two lumpy pancakes. Hubble Space Telescope image of the Crab Nebula. A powerful shock wave is launched as the outer layers of the stellar core crash with supersonic speed onto the rebounding central part.
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Only the most powerful explosions in the universe. The compact remnant, which is probably a neutron star but no pulsar, can be seen as bright spot near the geometrical center of the expanding gas cloud. Theorists are therefore not yet able to give definitive answers. When massive stars evolve quietly for millions of years, nuclear reactions build up successively heavier elements inside the stellar core. Rogue nuclear tests would show up as gamma ray flashes coming up from the ground.
Physics explains how pollen gets its stunning diversity of shapes. If your eyes could detect gamma rays, you would see brilliant bursts of light in the sky about once per day. More information: Not even a supernova can do that.
By following the aftermath of an explosion for a whole month, they showed that the light had similar properties to that from a supernova, caused when a massive star explodes at the end of its life.
A study reported in the Dec. Containing the mass of 150 suns, it lives in a cocoon of dust and gas that is blown off the star by intense stellar winds.