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Astrophysics Spotlights

Globular cluster
May 29, 2017

Much to their surprise, scientists are finding dozens of black holes deep within densely packed collections of stars called globular clusters. We spoke to three astrophysicists—Rainer Spurzem, Carl Rodriguez and Jay Strayder—who are using a record-breaking computer simulation, and other methods, to learn the clusters’ secrets, including whether they gave rise to recently observed ripples in space-time. 

Telescope
Mar 07, 2017

The Kavli Foundation spoke with three astrophysicists—Roberto Maiolino, Linhua Jiang and Marta Volonteri—about how a record haul of new, ultra-distant quasars will transform what we know about the early universe.

Red geyser galaxy
Sep 15, 2016

Scientists are discovering how powerful eruptions from monster black holes ensure dead galaxies cannot resurrect and make new stars. In a roundtable discussion, astrophysicists Edmond Cheung, Kevin Bundy and Christy Tremonti explain.

OSIRIS-REx
Sep 07, 2016

On September 27, scientists Richard Binzel, Beth Ellen Clark and Bashar Rizk discussed NASA's newly launched OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sampling mission and what it could reveal about life and death in the Solar System.    

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