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14 Feb 2019

Searching for Highly Magnified Stars at Cosmological Distances: Discovery of a Redshift 0.94 Blue Supergiant in Archival Images of the Galaxy Cluster MACS J0416.1-2403

Individual highly magnified stars have been recently discovered at lookback times of more than half the age of the Universe, in lensed galaxies that straddle the critical curves of massive galaxy clusters. Having confirmed their detectability, it is now important to carry out systematic searches for them in order to establish their frequency, and in turn learn about the statistical properties of high-redshift stars and of the granularity of matter in the foreground deflector. Here we report th...

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16 Feb 2019

Understanding the cosmic ray positron flux

Recent precision measurements of the flux of cosmic ray positrons by the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer show that the spectrum has a marked softening feature for energies close to one TeV. A possible interpretation of this result is that the observed feature measures the maximum energy of a new hard source of positrons perhaps associated to dark matter self--annihilation or decay, or to positron accelerators. A gradual hardening of the positron flux centered at $E \simeq 25$~GeV can also be under...

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15 Feb 2019

A new fast radio burst in the datasets containing the Lorimer burst

We report the discovery of a new fast radio burst (FRB), FRB~010312, in archival data from a 1.4\,GHz survey of the Magellanic Clouds using the multibeam receiver on the Parkes 64\,m-diameter radio telescope. These data sets include the Lorimer burst (FRB~010724), which it pre-dates and which we also re-detect. The new burst has a much higher dispersion measure of 1187\,cm$^{-3}$pc. The burst is one of the broadest found to date, the second earliest FRB known, and the ninth FRB discovered with...

24 May 2018

Science Impacts of the SPHEREx All-Sky Optical to Near-Infrared Spectral Survey II: Report of a Community Workshop on the Scientific Synergies Between the SPHEREx Survey and Other Astronomy Observatories

SPHEREx is a proposed NASA MIDEX mission selected for Phase A study. SPHEREx would carry out the first all-sky spectral survey in the near infrared. At the end of its two-year mission, SPHEREx would obtain 0.75-to-5$\mu$m spectra of every 6.2 arcsec pixel on the sky, with spectral resolution R>35 and a 5-$\sigma$ sensitivity AB$>$19 per spectral/spatial resolution element. More details concerning SPHEREx are available at

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