Newly Found ‘Black Widow’ Binary Has Third Companion

Newly Found ‘Black Widow’ Binary Has Third Companion

The flash of a pulsar about 3,000 light-years from our solar system was caused by a ‘black widow’ binary consuming a smaller star. Intriguingly, a third companion star is orbiting the pair, which may have originated near the Milky Way’s center. Plus, the Sun is ramping up, Chandra releases more sonification videos, and this week’s What’s Up is all about occultations.

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Climate Change: Tsunami, Arctic Sea Ice, and Rising Temperatures

Climate Change: Tsunami, Arctic Sea Ice, and Rising Temperatures

In the latest climate change news, ancient underwater landslides could help us understand tsunami risks in the Middle East, NASA now has a ‘Vanilla’ ice drone to study the Arctic, and lake temperatures are rising. Plus, we bring you joy with this week’s What’s Up and a review of Starlight Coke.

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Pretty Pictures, Strange Exoplanets, and a New GOES Satellite

Pretty Pictures, Strange Exoplanets, and a New GOES Satellite

To bring some joy into a fraught world, we have rounded up a few of the latest image releases of star mergers and galaxies to brighten your day. Plus, we’ll look at a few strange exoplanetary systems and their amazing science, talk about the latest GOES satellite to launch, and this week in rocket history is all about Envisat.

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Black Holes, Fast Radio Bursts, Dinosaurs and Rockets

Black Holes, Fast Radio Bursts, Dinosaurs and Rockets

As we return from our mini-break, we bring you some highlights of stories that happened while we were away, including black holes spiraling toward each other, the possible origin of a fast radio burst, and more information on the demise of the dinosaurs. Plus, Erik Madaus brings us updates on quite a few rocket launches.

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Newly Discovered Bright Transient Radio Source is a Mystery

Newly Discovered Bright Transient Radio Source is a Mystery

Scientists using the Murchison Widefield Array in Australia recently discovered an extremely bright source of radio waves, releasing bursts of energy three times an hour. That timing makes the object behave unlike anything else seen to date, leaving the research team with a new mystery to unravel. Plus, everything else is about water today, all over the solar system, and we present this week’s What’s Up segment.

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