“more cats would die. / Every time we were awake / and were fucking. / Whatever that means”

Shiv Kotecha’s The Switch – BOMB Magazine

“the bursts from 121102 are emanating from a galaxy 3 billion light years from Earth, but the nature of the object emitting them is still unknown. Theories range from highly magnetized neutron stars, blasted by gas streams near to a supermassive black hole, to suggestions that the burst properties are consistent with signatures of technology developed by an advanced civilization.”

Breakthrough Initiatives

“The elastic properties of neutron star crusts are relevant for a variety of currently observable or near-future electromagnetic and gravitational wave phenomena. These phenomena may depend on the elastic properties of nuclear pasta found in the inner crust.”

[1807.02557] The Elasticity of Nuclear Pasta

“an analysis of the motions of six million stars in the Milky Way disk. We show that the phase-space distribution contains different substructures with various morphologies, such as snail shells and ridges, when spatial and velocity coordinates are combined. We infer that the disk must have been perturbed between 300 million and 900 million years ago, consistent with estimates of the previous pericentric passage of the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy. Our findings show that the Galactic disk is dynamically young and that modelling it as time-independent and axisymmetric is incorrect.”

A dynamically young and perturbed Milky Way disk | Nature

“EPIC 206011496 is a star about the mass of our sun with a radius of approximately 0.92 solar radii. It has an effective temperature of around 5,400 K and a luminosity of about 0.64 solar luminosities. However, many parameters of this star remain uncertain, including its age and distance from Earth. It could be a young star with an age of approximately 78 million years, or an evolved 2.4-billion-year-old star. When it comes to distance, some calculations suggest that it is located 753 light-years away, while another indicates that the star is 300 light-years closer.”

Dwarf companion to EPIC 206011496 detected by astronomers