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Space Anomalies and AI

Most astronomical discoveries are based on observations, and the volumes of data drastically increased with the arrival of large-scale astronomical surveys. For example, the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), which uses a wide-field view…

A Star Shredded by a Black Hole

One of the craziest things a supermassive black hole can do is shred a star with its enormous tidal forces. The tidal disruption events are one of the very few ways astronomers know of the existence of supermassive black holes at the…

Watching a Rare Giant Star Die

A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona created a detailed, 3-D image of a dying hypergiant star. They traced the distribution, directions, and velocities of various molecules surrounding a red hypergiant star known as VY Canis…