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White dwarfs are usually about 60% the mass of the Sun, so it was a bit of a surprise when astronomers found one that was almost exactly twice that. What happens when white dwarfs merge?

By Astronomy Cast on March 23, 2020 in
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Fraser and Pamela discuss the coronavirus worldwide pandemic that is upon us. There is much to discuss.

By Astronomy Cast on March 16, 2020 in
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When it comes to telescopes, bigger is better. But bigger is Way more expensive. So astronomers merge the light from several telescopes to act like a much larger telescope.

By Astronomy Cast on March 9, 2020 in
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We lost a bright star here on planet Earth last week. NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson passed away at the age of 101, after an incredible career of helping humans land on the Moon.

By Astronomy Cast on March 2, 2020 in
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You can’t make a Solar System without a whole lot of dust. This dust has blocked astronomers views into some of the most fascinating parts of the cosmos. But new telescopes & techniques are allowing astronomers to peer through this dust, and see these events like never before.

By Astronomy Cast on February 24, 2020 in
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Well, good news! Time to talk about Betelgeuse. Why it might be dimming and what could happen if it explodes as a supernova. #365DaysOfAstro

By Astronomy Cast on February 17, 2020 in
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A brand new telescope has completed on Maui’s Haleakala, and it has just one job: to watch the Sun in unprecedented detail. It’s called the Daniel K. Inouye telescope, and the engineering involved to get this telescope operational are matched by the incredible resolution of its first images.

By Astronomy Cast on February 10, 2020 in
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We’ve been following this story for more than a decade, so it’s great to finally have an answer to the question, why was supernova 2006gy so insanely bright? Astronomers originally thought it was an example of a supermassive star exploding, but new evidence provides an even more fascinating answer.