Alessandro Patruno

22 Flips | 1 Magazine | 4 Followers | @alessandrop2mk7 | Alessandro Patruno is a researcher at the Leiden University working in the field of compact objects (neutron stars, black holes and white dwarfs) and high energy astrophysics. In his blog Astrosplash Alessandro discusses news in his research field and posts updates on his work.

Life in the Solar System and Beyond

One of the most difficult problems that science still needs to solve is the question of the origin of life. We have very strong evidence that life …

Astronomy

Welcome to Pluto

After a long journey of 9 years in the Solar System, the New Horizons spacecraft has conducted the first in-situ reconnaissance of Pluto. Our Solar …

Astronomy

Lightweight and Supermassive Black Holes Hidden in Galaxies

In the past few days there have been two interesting astrophysics news about black holes. The first one is about a super-massive black hole …

Detecting the Sound of Neutron Stars

If a sound propagates and bounces off an object, its wiggly echo brings signatures of the physical properties of that object . Bats, dolphins and …

The Super-Massive Black Hole Stays on a Diet

At the very center of our galaxy lives a gigantic black hole with a mass more than four million times that of the Sun. The existence of such an …

Black Hole Information Paradox: Firewalls or Chaos ?

A few weeks ago Stephen Hawking released a paper discussing the black hole information paradox that triggered an intense debate in the scientific …

Did a Meteorite Almost Hit a Skydiver ?

Today I watched an astonishing video on the web about a meteorite that has almost hit a skydiver who was launching from an airplane in Norway back in …

What did Stephen Hawking Really Say about Black Holes ?

Many of us have recently seen in the media the shocking news that Stephen Hawking has claimed that “there are no black holes”. This statement has …

First Black Hole Mass and Spin Measured with Timing

Imagine to have a black hole spinnig around a normal companion star like our Sun. At some point of the evolution the black hole can start removing …

The Clouds Around the Monster

Neutron stars are few kilometres sized objects that come to life when a massive star dies in a devastating supernova explosion. A few months ago a …

Do Mid-sized Black Holes Exist?

We know that black holes exist in Nature with at least two different sizes: super-massive black holes, that live in the centre of galaxies and …

The Mutant Star

Accreting Millisecond X-Ray Pulsars are amazing objects (see also my research page in the section “Accreting Millisecond X-ray pulsars”). They are …

Some Free Codes for Top Research in Astronomy

I am mostly an observer working in the field of high energy astrophysics, doing experiments and performing observations with space and ground based …

Quantum Vortices in the Sky

Turbulence is a common chaotic phenomenon that everyone has certainly experienced: you witness the development of turbulence when you stir a coffee …

Is There Anybody Out There ?

How many times have we heard the question “are we alone in the Universe” ? Does life exist somewhere else ? Does <i>intelligent</i> life exist ? There’s no …

The Future of High Energy Astrophysics

The European Space Agency has made its final decision: the M3 class mission that will fly in the next decade is the exoplanet mission PLATO. The LOFT …

Rethinking Neutron Stars

The last weeks have been very exciting for neutron star astrophysics. In particular there have been two news that have the potential to strongly …

What Are Neutron Stars Made Of?

The wonderful discovery of the Higgs boson, announced at CERN on July 2012, has represented another big leap forward for the Standard Model of …

Cosmic Inflation and Primordial Gravitational Waves

Two days ago the BICEP2 collaboration has made an astonishing announcement: the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation has been found.<p>Cosmic …