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Astronomers Unveil Strong Magnetic Fields Spiraling at the Edge of Milky Way’s Central Black Hole

A new image from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration— which includes scientists from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA)— has uncovered strong and organized magnetic fields spiraling from the edge of the...
27-Mar-2024 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Extreme Weight Loss: Star Sheds Unexpected Amounts of Mass Just Before Going Supernova

A newly discovered nearby supernova whose star ejected up to a full solar mass of material in the year prior to its explosion is challenging the standard theory of stellar evolution.
27-Sep-2023 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

NASA Media Call on Upcoming Air Quality Satellite Launch

Media are invited to participate in a teleconference discussing the upcoming launch of TEMPO on Wednesday, April 5. TEMPO will soon provide the first-ever hourly scans of air pollution over greater North America.
31-Mar-2023 12:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

NASA-Smithsonian Media Briefing: New Space Instrument To Deliver Near Real-Time Air Pollution Data

On Tuesday, March 14, NASA and the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian will host a mission and program briefing for the new, space-based instrument TEMPO, which will soon deliver detailed data and analysis of air pollution over greater...
13-Mar-2023 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Could Space Dust Help Protect the Earth from Climate Change?

Dust launched from the moon’s surface or from a space station positioned between Earth and the sun could reduce enough solar radiation to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
7-Feb-2023 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Cosmic Superbubble’s Magnetic Field Charted in 3D for the First Time

A new strategy for tracing magnetized structures in 3D will help address key questions about the influence of magnetic fields in the cosmos.
6-Jan-2023 3:45 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Alien Planet Found Spiraling to its Doom around an Aging Star

The condemned planet could help answer questions about the fate of other worlds as their solar systems evolve.
14-Dec-2022 5:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Astrophysicists Hunt for Second-Closest Supermassive Black Hole

As massive as the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, the behemoth is hosted by a dwarf galaxy less than 1 million light-years away. Invisible so far — maybe not for long.
28-Nov-2022 5:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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