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An Unusual Star: Wolf-Rayet Nasty 1

An Unusual Star: Wolf-Rayet Nasty 1

Starry cannibalism of Wolf-Rayet Star Nasty 1 may offer clues as to how massive, pre-supernova stars evolve. To an untrained eye supernovae may all seem the same, but astronomers know that profound differences tell apart a whole zoo of supernova types. Type I supernovae, for example, lack the hydrogen absorption lines characteristic of Type...

Most Luminous Galaxy

The Most Luminous Galaxy

Researchers using NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered the most luminous galaxy to date. Dubbed WISE J224607.57-052635.0, this Extremely Luminous Infrared Galaxy (ELIRG) shines brighter in the infrared than 300 trillion suns and has an exceptionally supermassive black hole at its core. The sheer size of this black hole-gargantua is one of...

Here's the Wild Duck Cluster (Messier 11) as recorded with the USNO's just-released URAT1 survey. The magnitude limit is 19.0.U.S. Naval Observatory

New Ultra-Deep Star Catalog Released

With the initial release of the USNO's Robotic Astrometric Catalog (URAT1), astronomers now have precise positions for about 228 million stars in the northern sky. Given my love of stone walls, I've been thinking about building one in the backyard to enclose the flower beds. But I haven't had the gumption to actually buy...

New Horizons' scientific payload

Pluto: The Last Picture Show

In his second "insider blog" about the New Horizons mission, principle investigator Alan Stern offers a look at what we might find at Pluto. It sounds like science fiction, but it's not: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on final approach to the Pluto system! After 112 months in flight, the fastest spacecraft ever launched...

Fomalhaut b

Name the Exoworlds

Here's your chance to name an exoplanet, in a process recognized and officiated by the International Astronomical Union. Register your astronomy club or organization by June 1st!