A pulsar known as J0002 has been clocked traveling more than 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) per second away from the place it was created in a supernova explosion. Astronomers are calling this rapidly-spinning neutron star a cannonball pulsar, as it races away from the center of the nebula which resulted from the massive explosion which created the object. This pulsar, rotating 8.7 times a second, is located 6,500 light years from Earth.Read More Faster than a Speeding Pulsar
Using a revolutionary new technology known as a quantum computer, researchers have developed an answer to one of the great questions in cosmology. Astrophysicists have long questioned whether information about a particle, such as its spin, is lost or retained after it crosses into the area near a black hole from which light can not escape – the event horizon. This new research shows that information like this gets lost, as it is mixed in with all the energy and matter within the event horizon of a black hole. Individual bits in ordinary digital computers can only be set as ones and zeros, while qubits utilize quantum states to store data. Once fully developed, quantum computers will be able to take problems that would take millions of years for today’s computers to solve, and answer them in days.Read More Can Quantum Computing Unlock the Secrets of Black Holes?
A river of 4,000 stars has been detected just 330 light years from the Sun. This grouping is one billion years old, and has circled the outer edge of the Milky Way Galaxy four times since its formation. Astronomers found the formation using the Gaia space telescope, operated by the European Space Agency.Read More Billion-Year-Old River of Stars Seen Flowing Near the Sun
The Milky Way Galaxy is headed for a collision with the Large Magellanic Cloud in about 2.4 billion years, new research has found. Astronomers previously thought this satellite galaxy of the Milky Way would pass harmlessly by our home galaxy. But, new observations show it contains twice as much dark matter as previously believed, sending it on a collision course with our local family of stars. Galactic collisions are fairly common, and we are also due to collide with the much larger Andromeda galaxy, just over four billion years in the future.Read More Milky Way Galaxy Headed for Collision – Brace Yourselves, Here Comes the Large Magellanic Cloud!
Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018, leaving behind a legacy of works that rivals the greatest in history, including Galileo Galilei and Albert Einstein. However, this is not the only thing these three men had in common – they also shared remarkable coincidences about the times the each entered and left this world, […]Read More Galileo, Einstein, and Hawking – Tied Together by More than Physics