We know that supermassive black holes exist, but how did they get so big? In this paper, the authors seek to shed some light on their progenitors – rapidly accreting, intermediate-mass black holes.
Five new hypervelocity stars have been discovered in the outer regions of the Milky Way. In this paper, the authors discuss what these stars are, how they got so far away, and what their distribution implies about the center of our galaxy.
Young massive stars have a variety of different rotation rates, but what sets these initial speeds? In this paper, the authors investigate whether magnetic fields could be the answer.
Today’s astrobite reviews some of the discoveries of the famous astronomer Allan Sandage, who passed away late last year.
Could we detect extra-terrestrial civilizations at the edge of our solar system? These authors say yes, if they turn on the lights!