Article by Polish astronomers on the origin of ultraluminous x-ray sources has been highlighted by the American Astronomical Society. The calculations necessary for the research were performed by ... "borrowing" computing power from Internet users.
Astronomers for the first time simultaneously registered two types of waves: gravitational and electromagnetic waves originating from one phenomenon - a collision of two neutron stars. Polish researchers participated in observations conducted by research teams around the world.
Two asteroids discovered by Polish astronomy enthusiasts will be named after the women: the Polish Olympiad On Astronomy and Astrophysics winner Zosia Kaczmarek and a doctor from Kraków Marta Żołnowska, according to information published by the International Astronomical Union and Minor Planet Center.
This year\'s Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to scientists from the US and Germany, who were the first to observe gravitational waves. Their achievements would probably not have been possible without the work of Polish physicist Prof. Trautman - who convinced everyone that these waves actually exist, and their detection is possible.
A few years ago, astrobiologists came up with the idea how, at least theoretically, life could appear in the methane lakes on Titan, Saturn\'s moon. It has now been discovered that there is acrylonitrile on Titan, a compound that could be of great assistance in creating such a strange life.