Astronomers

New tau Herculid meteor shower drops bright fireballs, but no ‘meteor storm’, for astronomers (photos)

A tau Herculids meteor streaks above sandstone formations in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, May 30, 2022 in this photo by Ethan Miller of Getty Images. The shooting star came from bursts of comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, or SW3. (Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Brilliant ‘shooting stars’ from a new meteor shower lit up the night …

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Astronomers detect new radio source of unknown origin

Tricolor HST image of NGC 2082 superimposed on ASKAP and ATCA contours. The inset image at lower left provides a zoom in from J054149.24–641813.7, showing the absence of any optical counterpart. Credit: Balzan et al., 2022. During observations of the radio continuum of a spiral galaxy known as NGC 2082, Australian astronomers discovered a mysterious …

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Astronomers unexpectedly capture the ‘great dimming’ of supergiant star Betelgeuse

Just months before the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, the world was obsessed with a distant supergiant star, 700 light-years away known as Betelgeuse. The Monstrous Furnace suddenly darkened, becoming 10 times darker than usual. Some have suggested it heralds an explosion, but rumors of the star’s disappearance were greatly exaggerated. It cleared up …

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Dwarf Galaxy With Growing Black Hole and Jet

Astronomers discover hidden treasure of massive black holes – ‘We all got nervous’

Newly discovered massive black holes reside in dwarf galaxies, where their radiation competes with light from abundant young stars. Credit: Original NASA & ESA/Hubble image, artistic conception of a black hole with jet by M. Polimera New black holes discovered in dwarf galaxies shed light on origin of our galaxy’s supermassive[{” attribute=””>black hole. A team …

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