An otherwise nondescript binary star system in the Whirlpool Galaxy has brought astronomers tantalizingly close to their goal of observing a star just before it goes supernova.
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Single star systems, like our Solar System, compose the minority of stellar system within our galaxy while binary systems dominate. New research suggests that binary systems, particularly in globular cluster Omega Centauri, may not produce the level of heavy elements current models predict.
Astronomy is often associated with the breath-taking photos of far off nebulae and galaxies, but the instruments responsible for capturing these universal beauties are often forgotten. Read about some of the instruments that Ohio State's Imaging Sciences Lab has designed and built.
The same atomic transitions that produce X-rays in accretion disks around supermassive black holes can be used to diagnose and treat cancer patients.
While giant telescopes like LBT garner most of the attention, the 2-meter class telescope remain the workhorses of astronomy and the training ground for the next generation of observational astronomers.