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Highlights from AAS Nova: 17 - 30 September 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 08:55

AAS Nova provides brief highlights of recently published articles from the AAS journals, i.e., The Astronomical Journal (AJ) and The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), ApJ Letters, and ApJ Supplements. The website's intent is to gain broader exposure for AAS authors and to provide astronomy researchers and enthusiasts with summaries of recent, interesting research across a wide range of astronomical fields.

The following are the AAS Nova highlights from the past two weeks; follow the links to read more, or visit the AAS Nova webpage for more posts.

29 September 2017
Identifying Bright X-Ray Beasts
Donated computing time has helped scientists to understand what ultraluminous X-ray sources are and why they shine so brightly.

27 September 2017
Can LIGO Find the Missing Dark Matter?
LIGO’s increasing capabilities may provide the possibility of detecting tiny black holes theorized to make up dark matter.

26 September 2017
A History of Water Loss in the TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets
Astrobites reports on TRAPPIST-1, one of the best candidate systems for habitability in the solar neighborhood.

25 September 2017
Discovery of Two More Runaway Stars
Two new hypervelocity stars have been discovered, but their origins continue to elude us.

22 September 2017
When a Star and a Binary Meet
What happens in the extreme environments of globular clusters when a star and a binary system meet?

20 September 2017
A Fast Radio Burst Every Second?
How frequently do fast radio busts occur in the observable universe? Two scientists have now developed a new estimate.

19 September 2017
Forming Planetesimals in a Dust and Gas Vortex
Astrobites reports on AB Aur, which appears to have decaying vortex in its disk where planets are forming.

18 September 2017
Featured Image: Waves in a Coronal Fan
Oscillations in these coronal fan loops were triggered by blast waves from distant flares.

Susanna Kohler
Editor, AAS Nova
American Astronomical Society (AAS)
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