Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

Results support Einstein’s theory and the idea that black holes have no “hair.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 12, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Physicists design an experiment to pin down the origin of the elements

With help from next-generation particle accelerators, the approach may nail down the rate of oxygen production in the universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 20, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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3 Questions: Salvatore Vitale on LIGO’s latest detections

“We will keep listening for these faint and remote cosmic whispers,” says the physics professor.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | May 2, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups

Findings reported just weeks into the network’s latest operating run. (Press release)

MIT News Office | May 2, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Quantum measurement could improve gravitational wave detection sensitivity

Research could enable a new suite of experiments to measure quantum activity at room temperature.

Brittany Flaherty | School of Science | May 1, 2019 | mit
~10 mins   

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Astronomers capture first image of a black hole

ESO, ALMA, and APEX contribute to paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of the galaxy Messier 87. (Press release)

MIT News Office | April 10, 2019 | mit
~14 mins   

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3 Questions: Lisa Barsotti on the new and improved LIGO

“If we are very lucky, we might observe something new … or maybe even something totally unexpected.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | April 1, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

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X-ray pulse detected near event horizon as black hole devours star

Pulse pattern suggests distant black hole must be spinning at least at 50 percent the speed of light.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 9, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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