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Astronomers clock extremely high winds on an object outside of our solar system

by Ashley Strickland, CNN

For the first time, scientists have been able to measure the wind speed on an object outside of our solar system, according to a new study. The object, known as a brown dwarf, is 33.2 light-years away from Earth.

Brown dwarfs aren’t quite stars, but they’re not planets either. These so-called “failed stars” are too big to be planets. The brown dwarf in this study is the size of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, but it has 40 times the mass of Jupiter.

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‘Missing link’ black hole discovered by astronomers

by Reuters, New York Post

Scientists have detected a mid-size black hole – considered the “missing link” in the understanding of these celestial brutes – eviscerating an unfortunate star that strayed too close.

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and two X-ray observatories, the researchers determined that this black hole is more than 50,000 times the mass of our sun and located 740 million light years from Earth in a dwarf galaxy, one containing far fewer stars than our Milky Way.

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Infinite Visions Were Hiding in the First Black Hole Image’s Rings

by Dennis Overbye, The New York Times

Scientists proposed a technique that would allow us to see more of the unseeable.

A year ago a team of radio astronomers startled the world with the first photograph of a black hole, lurking like the eye of Sauron in the heart of a distant galaxy. Now it appears there was more hiding in that image than we had imagined.

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We All Live In A Croissant-Shaped Giant Bubble, Say Astronomers

by Jamie Carter, Forbes

Physicists have revealed a refined new model of the heliosphere—the vast region around the Sun extending more than twice as far as Pluto—that depicts it as a crescent-shaped magnetic force-field resembling a freshly baked croissant. Continue reading We All Live In A Croissant-Shaped Giant Bubble, Say Astronomers

Astronomers spot 139 new ‘minor planets’ in our own solar system

by Mike Wehner, BGR

A massive treasure trove of newly-discovered solar system objects was just revealed by astronomers in a new research paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. The team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania made their discoveries using observations from the Dark Energy Survey, or DES, a six-year project that led to the detection of over 300 objects lurking beyond Neptune.

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