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Gamma rays: a window to the first stars?

The longest-lasting, most energetic explosions in the universe might occur in rare stars very similar to the very first stars to form in the universe.

Can gamma ray bursts be used as standard candles?

Some GRB-SNe pairs show interesting correlations across their light curves.

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.

Testing the Titius-Bode law on exoplanets

From examining extrasolar planetary systems, we can test if the Titius-Bode “law” is actually a law.

Binary Hunting with Phase Variations

How do pulsating stars give away their secret identities as binary dance partners? In this paper, the authors demonstrate a new way to not only detect binaries we may have missed in the Kepler data, but also to measure their velocities without spectra.

Kepler Discovers a Self-Lensing Star System

Kepler finds the signature of a transiting white dwarf. Instead blocking the light of its companion star, the white dwarf magnifies it, creating a light curve that periodically brightens.

New detections of exoplanet HD 95086 b with the Gemini Planet Imager

HD 95086 b is one of the first exoplanets directly imaged with the newly commissioned instrument Gemini Planet Imager. This is only the first in what is likely to be a long line of exciting results coming from this state of the art instrument.

Hot Jupiters and Their Effects on Host Stars

Hot Jupiters offer an interesting mechanism for affecting the rotation and magnetic activity levels of their host stars.

Arecibo Detects a Fast Radio Burst

A mysterious Fast Radio Burst (FRB) from beyond the galaxy has been detected at Arecibo. This is the first FRB discovered outside of Parkes Observatory, giving greater credence to the astronomical nature of these signals.

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