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Characterizing Cepheid Light Curves

Distance is a tricky thing to measure in astronomy. We can’t use tape measures or rulers, and even more sophisticated methods like laser ranging are only good for the very nearest of neighbors, like the moon. That’s where distance indicators like Cepheids come in.

El Gordo: A Spectacular(… and Theoretically Impossible?) Merger

The El Gordo (in Spanish, “the fat one”), one of the most massive galaxy clusters observed, is an active merger of two large subclusters. Unraveling its dynamics provides insights into $latex \Lambda$CDM.

The age of cross-correlations

When two observations share some common information, they can be “cross-correlated” to extract it. In today’s example, we discover what the matter halos and energetic phenomena in the Universe have in common through a cross-correlation.

Dust gets interesting

Thought dust could only bore you? Think again: it may obscure our view of time’s very beginning!

The Boundaries of the Supercluster

Our local “basin of attraction” is the region containing all the galaxies that would contract to a single point, if we were to neglect the dominant expansion. The authors define this region as our home supercluster, Laniakea.

Void cosmology

The distribution of matter in the Universe has much to say about its constituents and evolution. Can the distribution of voids also help us understand the Universe?

How does structure grow? Understanding the Meszaros effect

Explore an astrophysical classic describing the effect of the Universe’s expansion on the seeds of galaxies.

Growth of structure tells us how normal and dark matter scatter

What can the growth of structure in the Universe tell us about how regular matter and dark matter scatter? The authors develop a simple framework and get model-independent constraints; read on for the answer.

Piecing together the Hubble constant

Different methods of measuring the Hubble constant yield slightly different values, but they are still in reasonable agreement.

A new method for cosmic distances: using active galactic nuclei

Time delays in the light from AGNs’ dusty torii can tell us the intrinsic luminosity and hence the distance to the AGN.

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