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There Are Tiny Bright Dots All Over The Sun, And We May Finally Know Their Source

There Are Tiny Bright Dots All Over The Sun, And We May Finally Know Their Source

Sunspots aren’t the only speckles decorating the dynamic face of our Sun. Solar physicists have made a close study of tiny, fleeting speckles of brightness that emerge and fade in less than a minute on average, in regions where loops of plasma rise from the solar surface.   They’re named ‘solar dots’. The fleeting phenomenon, …

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Extreme 'Black Widow' Pulsar Detected Just 3,000 Light-Years Away

Extreme ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar Detected Just 3,000 Light-Years Away

There are some strange objects lurking in our galaxy, and astronomers have just spied an extreme new candidate roughly 3,000 to 4,000 light-years away.  After investigating mysterious flashes of light coming from the system, researchers have detected what they suspect is an elusive ‘black widow’ star – a rapidly spinning pulsar that’s kept alive by …

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