Gravitational Waves –“May Prove That Black Holes Existed Before Birth of Stars in the Early Universe”




"We know very well that black holes can be formed by the collapse of large stars, or as we have seen recently, the merger of two neutron stars," said Savvas Koushiappas, an associate professor of physics at Brown University and coauthor of the study with Avi Loeb from Harvard University. "But it's been hypothesized that there could be black holes that formed in the very early universe before stars existed at all. That's what we're addressing with this work."


“Supermassive Ghosts’–Astronomers Looking for a Star in Andromeda Galaxy Stumble Upon Orbiting Pair of Giant Black Holes 2.6 Billion Light Years Beyond





A background object in images of the nearby Andromeda galaxy has revealed what could be the most tightly coupled pair of supermassive black holes ever seen. “We were looking for a special type of star in M31 and thought we had found one,” said Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein, a University of Washington doctoral student in astronomy and lead author on the paper describing this discovery. “We were surprised and excited to find something far stranger!”


“Against All Odds!” –ALMA Observatory Update: Infant Stars Discovered in Violent Tidal Forces Near Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole




“Despite all odds, we see the best evidence yet that low-mass stars are forming startlingly close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way,” said Farhad Yusef-Zadeh, an astronomer at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and lead author on the paper. “This is a genuinely surprising result and one that demonstrates just how robust star formation can be, even in the most unlikely of places.”


China’s Dark-Matter Satellite Detects Strange, Unexpected Signal –“New Physical Phenomena Beyond Our Current Understanding”


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"DAMPE has opened a new window for observing the high-energy universe, unveiling new physical phenomena beyond our current understanding," Chang Jin, chief scientist of DAMPE, told Xinhua. "Our data may inspire some new ideas in particle physics and astrophysics. We never expected such signals.”


Mystery of Blobs Detected Deep in Earth’s Interior


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A chemical reaction between ancient seawater and iron in Earth’s mantle over eons could explain the formation of mysterious blobs in the planet’s interior that dampen passing seismic waves, Stanford researchers say.



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