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Cosmic Buckyballs Could Be The Source of Mysterious Infrared Light

Cosmic Buckyballs Could Be The Source of Mysterious Infrared Light

Scientists may have traced the source of some mysterious infrared glows detected emanating from stars and clouds of interstellar gas and dust. These bands of unidentified infrared emission (UIE) have baffled scientists for decades; According to new theoretical work, at least some of these bands may be produced by highly ionized buckminsterfullerene, more commonly known …

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This Record-Breaking ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

This Record-Breaking 'Black Widow' Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

One of the most extreme stars in the Milky Way just got even crazier. Scientists measured the mass of a neutron star called PSR J0952-0607 and found that it is the most massive neutron star discovered so far, clocking in at 2.35 times the mass of the Sun. If true, this is very close to …

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This Runaway Star Is Zipping Through Space at Over 160,000 Kilometers Per Hour

This Runaway Star Is Zipping Through Space at Over 160,000 Kilometers Per Hour

Not all stars are happy to stay put, orbiting the galactic center with all the other stars. Some stars go rogue, hurtling through the Milky Way with significant force. These are the runaway stars, and we can trace their trajectories to understand the violent events that can take place in the Universe. One of those …

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