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Ian O'Neill
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Star stuff, eventual star chum.
Star stuff, eventual star chum.

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When ʻOumuamua visited our solar system last year, the world’s collective interest (and imagination) was firing on all cylinders. Despite astronomers’ insistence that asteroids from other star systems likely zip through the solar system all the time (and…
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Could a classic physics experiment boost gravitational wave detection techniques? Theorists think so, whereas the experimentalists are skeptical
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“I, for one, welcome our new snotty overlords.” If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably know my (conflicted) feelings about Elon Musk blasting his cherry red Tesla roadster into space. But there’s one angle of the whole “I’m a billionaire and it’s my…
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Proxima b just got roasted. Having a bad day? Well, spare a thought for any hypothetical aliens living on Proxima b. Proxima Centauri is a small, dim M dwarf—commonly known as a red dwarf—located approximately 4.2 light-years away. Over the last couple of…
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If you thought detecting small planets orbiting stars dozens of light-years distant was impressive, imagine trying to “see” individual comets zoom around their star. Well, astronomers have done just that after poring over 201,250 targets in the Kepler…
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In 2015, a stellar-mass black hole in a binary star system underwent an accretion event causing it to erupt brightly across the electromagnetic spectrum. Slurping down the plasma from its stellar partner — an unfortunate sun-like star — the eruption…
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As many of you know, I became editor of Mercury magazine last year and my first edition is now live! Mercury is a publication by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), an awesome non-profit organization based out of San Francisco that has been…
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If you were hoping that the bizarre transit signals coming from Tabby’s Star were signs of a massive alien construction site, you’d better sit down. A new study published in Astrophysical Journal Letters today documents a highly-detailed astronomical…
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On July 4, 2012, I was watching a live video feed from Europe, excited for an announcement that was about to make physics history. Until that day, I had written dozens of blogs and articles about the Higgs boson and the drama coming from the Large Hadron…
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Imagine the early universe: The first massive stars sparked to life and rapidly consumed their supply of hydrogen. These “metal poor” stars lived hard and died fast, burning quickly and then exploding as powerful supernovas. This first population of stars…
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