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Supercharged light pulverises asteroids, study finds

The majority of stars in the universe will become luminous enough to blast surrounding asteroids into successively smaller fragments using their light alone, according to a University of Warwick astronomer.

Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10:24 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy

Stars need a partner to spin Universe’s brightest explosions

When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have found that it takes two stars to make a gamma-ray burst.

Mon 13 Jan 2020, 12:32 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, Space, astronomy

Hidden giant planet revealed around tiny white dwarf star

The first evidence of a giant planet orbiting a dead white dwarf star has been found in the form of a disc of gas formed from its evaporating atmosphere.

Wed 04 Dec 2019, 18:55 | Tags: research, Space, astronomy

Revealed: exoplanet’s ‘improbable’ survival

Using asteroseismology, a team including an astronomer from the University of Warwick, revised the parameters for two red-giant stars known to host exoplanets, and for one of them found that the planet should not exist in its current location based on current theories.

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 13:54 | Tags: Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Telescope instrument opens its 5,000 eyes for the first time

A leading-edge new telescope instrument, designed and built by an international collaboration including the University of Warwick, has today (28 October) aimed its 5,000 fibre-optic eyes at the night sky for the first time.

Mon 28 Oct 2019, 16:15 | Tags: Astrophysics, research, astronomy

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