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Apr 29, 2021

New Hubble Data Explains Missing Dark Matter

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Circa 2018 o.o


In 2018 an international team of researchers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories uncovered, for the first time, a galaxy in our cosmic neighborhood that is missing most of its dark matter.

Apr 28, 2021

Smallest, Closest Black Hole Ever Discovered is Only 1,500 Light-Years Away

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A red giant star may have a black hole companion that is only three solar masses in size.


In theory, a black hole is easy to make. Simply take a lump of matter, squeeze it into a sphere with a radius smaller than the Schwarzschild radius, and poof! You have a black hole. In practice, things aren’t so easy. When you squeeze matter, it pushes back, so it takes a star’s worth of weight to squeeze hard enough. Because of this, it’s generally thought that even the smallest black holes must be at least 5 solar masses in size. But a recent study shows the lower bound might be even smaller.

The work focuses red giant star known as V723 Monoceros. This star has a periodic wobble, meaning it’s locked in orbit with a companion object. The companion is too small and dark to see directly, so it must be either a neutron star or black hole. Upon closer inspection, it turns out the star is not just wobbling in orbit with its companion, it’s being gravitationally deformed by its companion, an effect known as tidal disruption.

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Apr 25, 2021

Gravitational waves, Einstein’s ripples in spacetime, spotted for first time

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This shows also the hertz of reality circa 2016.


Long ago, deep in space, two massive black holes—the ultrastrong gravitational fields left behind by gigantic stars that collapsed to infinitesimal points—slowly drew together. The stellar ghosts spiraled ever closer, until, about 1.3 billion years ago, they whirled about each other at half the speed of light and finally merged. The collision sent a shudder through the universe: ripples in the fabric of space and time called gravitational waves. Five months ago, they washed past Earth. And, for the first time, physicists detected the waves, fulfilling a 4-decade quest and opening new eyes on the heavens.

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Apr 23, 2021

Hackers Exploit VPN to Deploy SUPERNOVA malware on SolarWinds Orion

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On an incident response engagement, CISA found that cybercriminals exploited VPN flaws to acquire access and deploy Supernova malware on SolarWinds.

Apr 23, 2021

“The Unicorn” – Closest Black Hole to Earth Ever Discovered

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Scientists have discovered one of the smallest black holes on record – and the closest one to Earth found to date.

Researchers have dubbed it “The Unicorn,” in part because it is, so far, one of a kind, and in part because it was found in the constellation Monoceros – “The Unicorn.” The findings were published on April 21, 2021, in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

“When we looked at the data, this black hole – the Unicorn – just popped out,” said lead author Tharindu Jayasinghe, a doctoral student in astronomy at The Ohio State University and an Ohio State presidential fellow.

Apr 22, 2021

Astronomers Release New All-Sky Map of Milky Way’s Outer Reaches

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The highlight of the new chart is a wake of stars, stirred up by a small galaxy set to collide with the Milky Way. The map could also offer a new test of dark matter theories.

Apr 21, 2021

Black hole is closest to Earth, among the smallest ever discovered

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Scientists have discovered one of the smallest black holes on record—and the closest one to Earth found to date.

Researchers have dubbed it ‘The Unicorn,’ in part because it is, so far, one of a kind, and in part because it was found in the constellation Monoceros—’The Unicorn.’ The findings are publishing today, April 21, in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

“When we looked at the data, this black hole—the Unicorn—just popped out,” said lead author Tharindu Jayasinghe, a doctoral student in astronomy at The Ohio State University and an Ohio State presidential fellow.

Apr 20, 2021

One of Earth’s nearest stars may be a dark matter factory

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A hunt for hypothetical axions streaming from Betelgeuse turns up empty but helps physicists set constraints on their properties.

Apr 19, 2021

Physicists Build a Quantum Bit That Can Search for Dark Matter

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Qubits offer a fast, highly reliable way to solve one of the great mysteries in physics. Some kind of invisible material is out there affecting the motions of stars and galaxies, but thus far, no one has been able to directly detect the substance—called dark matter—itself. But some are hoping that.

Apr 18, 2021

Scientists get more great looks at the 1st black hole ever photographed

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The supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87 is coming into sharper and sharper focus.

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