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Rings of Quaoar

Astronomers discover a second 'impossible' ring around the trans-Neptunian object Quaoar

May 19th, 2023

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Massive neutron star has a strange heart

New research reveals the probable existence of a strange quark matter core in massive neutron stars. The study sheds new light on the equation of state of dense matter, bridging the gap between hadronic and quark matter states.

May 18th, 2023

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Webb finds water, and a new mystery, in rare main belt comet

Using Webb's NIRSpec (Near-Infrared Spectrograph) instrument, astronomers have confirmed gas - specifically water vapor - around a comet in the main asteroid belt for the first time, indicating that water ice from the primordial solar system can be preserved in that region.

May 15th, 2023

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Webb looks for Fomalhaut's asteroid belt and finds much more

Astronomers imaged the warm dust around a nearby young star, Fomalhaut, in order to study the first asteroid belt ever seen outside of our solar system in infrared light. But to their surprise, the dusty structures are much more complex than the asteroid and Kuiper dust belts of our solar system.

May 8th, 2023

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Precision mass measurements of nuclei reveal neutron star properties

Scientists measured the masses of several key nuclei with high-precision by employing a state-of-the-art storage-ring mass spectrometry technique. Using the new mass data, they investigated X-ray bursts on the surface of a neutron star, thus deepening the understanding of neutron star properties.

May 5th, 2023

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