College basketball rankings: North Carolina, Texas set to square off for Maui Invitational title

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North Carolina and Texas were the two highest ranked teams in the Maui Invitational field this season, according to the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1. So the bracket has unfolded as I assumed it would. And now we’ll get a championship game on Wednesday featuring three five-star freshman bigs — UT’s Greg Brown and UNC’s Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler.

That’s a nice midweek afternoon treat.

Tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.

North Carolina got to this title game courtesy of Tuesday’s 67-63 victory over Stanford in which Caleb Love, a five-star freshman guard, scored a team-high 16 points. He’s averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds through three games for a Tar Heels team that ranks 10th nationally in defensive efficiency. Meantime, Texas got to this title game courtesy of Tuesday’s 66-44 blowout of Indiana in which Matt Coleman, a senior guard, scored a team-high 16 points. He’s averaging 14.3 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds through three games for a Texas team that ranks second nationally in defensive efficiency. So these are, quite literally, two of the best defensive teams in the country.

Don’t be surprised if the winner doesn’t touch 70 points.

North Carolina is No. 16 in Wednesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Texas is No. 19. Indiana was removed from the Top 25 And 1 following its loss to Texas. The Hoosiers were replaced by Louisville, which is 4-0 after Tuesday’s 75-54 victory over Western Kentucky. Chris Mack’s Cardinals also own a win over Seton Hall.

Wednesday’s Top 25 And 1 rankings

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College football games on CBS Sports Network — Watch Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas live stream, TV channel

Buffalo jumped into the driver’s seat in the MAC’s East division with a 70-41 win over Kent State last week and will look to stay there on Saturday when the Bulls play at Ohio in one of six games on CBS Sports Network this weekend. But the 2-1 Bobcats should have a pretty good idea of how to slow Buffalo down, because it’s a recipe that has worked for them the past two seasons. It’s all about stopping Jaret Patterson.

A junior running back coming off a 1,799-yard season, Patterson made his name known around the country last week when he tied an FBS record with eight rushing touchdowns against Kent State. In all, he finished with 409 yards on the ground, falling just short of another FBS record. But in two career games against Ohio, Patterson has run for just 75 yards on 21 carries.

The Bobcats will be looking to replicate that success against Patterson and get back into contention for the league title. With a 2-1 record, Ohio is just a three-point loss to Central Michigan away from being 3-0, and beating a Buffalo team that is enjoying the national spotlight would make quite a statement. That matchup is just one of the storylines that will be at play on CBS Sports Network during week 14 of the college football season.

North Texas vs. Louisiana Tech

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3 | Time: 6 p.m. ET
Location: Apogee Stadium — Denton, Texas
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: After playing seven straight weeks to open the season, Louisiana Tech (4-3) has been off since Oct. 31. The hiatus has cost them two key playmakers, as leading receiver Adrian Hardy and veteran Justen Henderson have opted out of the season’s final stretch. The Mean Green (3-4) dealt with a three-week break of their own and are 1-1 since.

Air Force vs. Utah State

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Maverik Stadium — Logan, Utah
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: Both teams beat New Mexico in their most recent game, so they should be able to use film from those games to get a reasonable gauge of what to expect. For Utah State, it was the first win in a season that’s already featured a coaching change. Co-defensive coordinator Frank Maile is two games into his stint as interim coach following Gary Andersen’s departure. Things have been a bit more stable at Air Force, where the Falcons are 2-2, including a huge 40-7 win over rival Navy in the opener.

UNLV vs. Boise State

Date: Friday, Dec. 4 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Allegiant Stadium — Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder] 
Live stream: CBSSports.com | Mobile: CBS Sports App

Storylines: The Broncos are 4-1 with their only loss coming to BYU when they were without their top two quarterbacks. So, in essence,

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#14 North Carolina vs. UNLV live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions

The No. 14 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels will face the UNLV Rebels from Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, NC.



a close up of a man throwing a ball: No. 15: PG, Cole Anthony, North Carolina  Is Anthony the player some thought a year ago could be the No. 1 overall pick in this draft? Is he the massive disappointment who underachieved at North Carolina? Somewhere in the middle? It's worth taking him here to find out. Great value.


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No. 15: PG, Cole Anthony, North Carolina Is Anthony the player some thought a year ago could be the No. 1 overall pick in this draft? Is he the massive disappointment who underachieved at North Carolina? Somewhere in the middle? It’s worth taking him here to find out. Great value.

North Carolina is coming off a 79-60 win over the College of Charleston last time out, they were able to make a 14-0 first-half run and applied their defensive scheme to control the majority of the game. Meanwhile, UNLV is looking to rebound from a 91-78 loss to Montana State in the opener. They’ll have to play better on both sides of the ball if they plan to upset the Tar Heels tonight.

This will be one you won’t want to miss, here is everything you need to know to tune in to tonight’s college basketball action:

#14 North Carolina vs. UNLV

When: Monday, November 30 Time: 7:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN2 Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) 

Prediction: As much as I’d love to take the point with UNLV in this game it is way too early to take the Rebels against a #14 ranked Tar Heel team. As the season goes on there will be plenty of time to bet on UNLV but this is a statement game for UNC.

Bet: UNC -13

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North Carolina (-13) vs. UNLV

O/U: 153.5

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North Queensland culture and controversy on display in James Cook University rare museum treasures

If you wanted to choose a place where historical artefacts are most at risk of destruction, with the exception of conflict zones, you would have to consider North Queensland.

A dangerous mix of extreme weather, temperatures and moisture make it an archivist’s nightmare.

That is what makes the 50 rare objects currently on display, as part of an exhibition curated by James Cook University, all the more precious.

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Fifty rarely-seen items from the James Cook University collection are on public display at Townsville’s Perc Tucker Regional Gallery until January 10th, 2021.(ABC North Queensland: Siobhan Heanue)

“High humidity, rainfall and then the fluctuation of everything — paper doesn’t like that at all,” curator Bronwyn McBurnie said.

Storing rare documents and artwork is a battle against nature itself.

“Apart from us not having good places to store things in, we have to deal with big cyclones and major weather events,” Ms McBurnie said.

“This is a reason that there really isn’t a lot of material that predates the late 1800s in a paper sense,” she said.

’50 Treasures’ is an exhibition of objects from the collection at James Cook University, which has campuses in Townsville and Cairns.

The University’s collection catalogues culture and controversy spanning 150 years.

Treasured objects reveal painful past

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‘Paid Islanders no complaints’ reads an entry in a ledger that contains the name of nearly 800 Pacific Islanders, or South Sea Islanders, brought to Townsville as labour between 1895 and 1906.(ABC North Queensland: Siobhan Heanue)

A ledger of South Sea Islanders transported to Townsville to work in sugar plantations is one of the early records that did manage to survive the ravages of weather and time.

The handwritten register, from 1895, was a controversial inclusion in a show named ‘Treasures’, but historians emphasise its importance.

“It’s been revealed to us that it’s important — by South Sea Islander people actually coming to see it.

“There’s a lot of pretty business [in the show], a lot of beautiful things, but some things are just so important they cant be left out,” she said.

Objects of the bizarre and beautiful

The objects chosen for the show give voice to characters from North Queensland history that were largely overlooked for decades.

That is something the selection of objects seeks to address, by including photos of women at work during a scientific expedition to the Great Barrier Reef in 1928.

While women appear in the black and white photos from the trip, they were left out of the written records of that expedition.

“About 60 scientists came over for that expedition,” Ms McBurnie said.

“A whole lot of them were women with the

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College football: No. 2 Notre Dame tops No. 19 North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ian Book kept No. 2 Notre Dame’s offense moving while the Fighting Irish defense locked down Sam Howell and No. 19 North Carolina’s potent offense for the final three quarters in a 31-17 victory Friday.

Book threw for 279 yards and a score and rushed for 48 yards for the Fighting Irish (9-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 2 College Football Playoff), using his mobility and elusiveness to keep plays alive on a night when both offenses frequently faced long fields.

Wide receiver Ben Skowronek got Notre Dame its first lead with his 13-yard run around the right side midway through the third quarter. Kyren Williams ran for 124 yards — including a 47-yarder with about 5½ minutes left as the Irish burned clock and sealed the game.

Williams closed that drive with his second rushing touchdown, a clinching one-yarder with 1:20 left that kept the Fighting Irish alone atop the ACC standings ahead of No. 3 Clemson and No. 10 Miami.

More impressively, though, was a defensive effort that forced Howell and the high-scoring Tar Heels to work for every gain after the opening quarter.

North Carolina (6-3, 6-3) sprinted to touchdowns on its first two drives, but Notre Dame surrendered only one field goal from there. The Tar Heels came in averaging 43 points and 563 yards, yet they were unable to buy time for Howell to push downfield for big gains or open running lanes for a pair of backs averaging better than 100 yards rushing each in Javonte Williams and Michael Carter.

By the end, North Carolina had finished with a season-low 298 yards while Howell — one of the national leaders in passing yardage and touchdowns — threw for just 211 yards and a score. He also ran for a touchdown.

No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20

Iowa State running back Breece Hall celebrates the team's win over Texas on Nov. 27, 2020, in Austin, Texas.

Iowa State running back Breece Hall celebrates the Cyclones’ win at Texas.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Breece Hall scored on a three-yard run with 1:25 remaining, and Iowa State held off last-minute drive by Sam Ehlinger and Texas to remain in first place in the Big 12.

After the Cyclones sacked Ehlinger on third down, the Longhorns’ Cameron Dicker barely missed left with a 58-yard field-goal attempt as time expired.

Iowa State (7-2, 7-1) has almost locked up a spot in the Big 12 championship game for the first time.

Hall gained 91 yards in 20 carries, his first game under 100 this season, but had 30 on the final 69-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Brock Purdy connected with tight ends Charlie Kolar and Dylan Soehner for the other 39 yards.

Iowa State trailed 20-16 early in the fourth quarter after a bad two-play sequence for Texas (5-3, 4-3) helped the Cyclones get a field goal by Connor Assalley.

First, the Longhorns came up three yards short throwing the ball on a fake punt on fourth and eight. Then Purdy found Kolar for 44 yards. A holding penalty

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New research shows even small ships pose deadly threat to North American right whales

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A female North Atlantic right whale with her calf. Credit: Public Domain

It has long been known that ship strikes involving large vessels pose one of the greatest threats to North Atlantic right whales, whose coastal habitats and tendency to stay close to the water’s surface make them vulnerable to such deadly collisions.


New research by Dal scientists suggests that the endangered animals can also suffer fatal injuries if struck by small boats or by large vessels travelling at slow speeds.

“We’ve shown clearly that small vessels can be a threat to whales. We’ve shown that very light, but fast-moving vessels like trans-oceanic racing sailboats can cause potentially lethal injuries to whales, so it means if you’re in a vessel on the ocean, you may be a threat to these animals,” says Sean Brillant, an adjunct in the Department of Oceanography.

“We also showed that there is indeed no safe speed for large vessels when it comes to whales and we are not going to solve the whale death problem from ship strikes simply by reducing speeds.”

Beyond broken bones

Dr. Brillant worked with Dan Kelley, a physical oceanographer at Dal, and former Dal student James Vlasic to construct biophysical models that predict the stresses whales experience during collisions. To do that they used information about right whale anatomy and simple Newtonian physics, along with damage measures gleaned from a database of 40 ship strike events for which pertinent data were available. One observation that prompted their study was that data showed that many whales killed by vessel strikes did not have broken bones. Instead, the 30 to 50-tonne animals suffered from massive internal hemorrhaging, a finding that suggested that collisions can be fatal even if they don’t break bones but sufficiently damage the circulatory system of the whale.

A core objective of the analysis was to determine the mechanical stresses on whales that were associated with a fatal injury, which would then allow predictions of new events under a variety of conditions. The study, published recently in Marine Mammal Science, focused particularly on North Atlantic right whales, but the model is also applicable to 10 species of large whales and all possible sizes.

Users can input a ship’s speed and mass, as well as the species of whale, its weight and length, and the thickness of its blubber, bone and skin. The model will then determine the probability that the resulting strike would be fatal for the whale.

The model shows that vessels of all sizes can cause stresses greater than the critical (lethal) level, and that large vessels produce stresses much larger than this even when travelling at reduced speeds, like 10 knots.

“The analysis for large vessels reveals that the speed limits commonly under discussion in the research and management communities (i.e. 10 knots) will provide only small reductions in the probability of lethal ship strikes,” the paper states.

“Thus, for large vessels, the only practical way of reducing the risk of lethal collisions is to

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The Six Pack: Alabama vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. North Carolina among best Week 13 college football picks

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and it’s one that isn’t going to resemble your typical Thanksgiving holiday as people all across the country are trying to figure out the best way to celebrate the holiday given the current circumstances. I know that I’m sad I won’t be spending the day with the same people I usually do, but I also know that, as much as it stinks, I’m thankful to have those people in my life and I’m able to miss their company.

I’m also thankful that I still have football to watch, even if it’s not as much we usually see. So, if you’re like me and going to be home this weekend watching football on the couch, I’ve got six plays I like for the weekend. Of course, as has been the case for the last few weeks, the card is subject to change! Also, as I’ve done previously, if one of the following six games is canceled, I’ll do my best to find a replacement.

Now, let’s try to bounce back from The Six Pack’s worst performance in a while, as I went 2-4 last week. We’re still up on the season, though. But how about we add a little more to the account this weekend?

Games of the Week

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama

Latest Odds:

Crimson Tide
-24.5

Even before the Nick Saban news broke, my initial instinct when seeing the line for this game was, “that’s a lot of points for Auburn to be catching in the Iron Bowl!” I mean, we’ve all seen it before. Auburn has a way of making this game a lot more interesting than it should be when you least expect it, but those surprises tend to come when the game is played at Auburn. In Tuscaloosa, not so much. The last time this game was played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was a 26-point favorite and it beat the Tigers 52-21.

Still, 24.5 points is a lot of points in the Iron Bowl! Auburn is 4-3 ATS against Alabama since Gus Malzahn took over, but it’s only 1-2 ATS in Tuscaloosa. So, I think it’s best we ignore the spread entirely and instead go after the total because you know what I’ve noticed with this game the last couple of years? It’s high-scoring. I just told you about the 52-21 game in Tuscaloosa in 2018, and last year the final score was 48-45. Alabama’s defense has taken a step forward in recent weeks (basically since halftime against Georgia), but I can’t help but believe Gus has something in store for this game. He always does. It might not be enough to cover, but it should be enough to help nudge this game past the total. Alabama 45, Auburn 21 | The Pick: Over 62.5

No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 19 North Carolina (Friday)

Latest Odds:

Fighting Irish
-5.5

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North Carolina vs. Charleston odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, predictions from proven model

Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels begin their 2020-21 campaign with an interesting matchup on Wednesday evening. North Carolina hosts the Charleston Cougars at the Dean Smith Center. The Tar Heels enter the season with a top-20 national ranking, though the sledding will not be easy. Charleston is one of the better programs in the CAA, and the Cougars posted a 17-14 record in 2019-20. 

Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET in Chapel Hill. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Tar Heels as 17-point home favorites, holding steady from the opener, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 143 in the latest North Carolina vs. Charleston odds. Before you make any Charleston vs. North Carolina picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns. 

Now, the model has set its sights on North Carolina vs. Charleston. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Charleston vs. UNC:

  • UNC vs. Charleston spread: North Carolina -17
  • UNC vs. Charleston over-under: 143 points
  • UNC vs. Charleston money line: n/a
  • UNC: The Tar Heels were 6-15 against the spread as a favorite in 2019-20
  • CHAR: The Cougars were 5-5-1 against the spread in non-conference games last season

Why North Carolina can cover

The Tar Heels are the more talented team in this matchup, even after a disappointing 2019-20 season and the loss of Cole Anthony to the 2020 NBA Draft. North Carolina is led by preseason ACC player of the year Garrison Brooks, with the 6’10 senior bringing experience and production. Brooks averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a junior, shooting an impressive 53.5 percent from the field. 

From there, sophomore forward Armando Bacot is a dynamic player for North Carolina, averaging 9.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in a supporting role last season, and Bacot is in line for an uptick in usage. With an infusion of freshman talent and a high-end coach in Williams, the Tar Heels project as an above-average unit on both ends of the floor. 

Why Charleston can cover

Charleston can’t match North Carolina in terms of prospect pedigree, but the Cougars do have a cohesive, talented roster. Senior guard Brevin Galloway is the team’s leading returner, averaging 11.3 points per game last season. Galloway was a second-team All-CAA selection in the preseason, and Zep Jasper is a solid complementary piece in the backcourt. 

In addition, Charleston received a welcome transfer in Payton Willis, who arrives from Minnesota. Willis began his college career at Vanderbilt, playing two seasons, before transferring to Minnesota and averaging 8.9 points while shooting 36 percent from three-point range. He could make

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College of Charleston at North Carolina odds, picks and prediction

In Wednesday college hoops action, the College of Charleston Cougars and North Carolina Tar Heels tip off their season at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 6 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the College of Charleston-North Carolina college basketball betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

College of Charleston at North Carolina: Betting odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 2:36 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: College of Charleston +1400 (bet $100 to win $1,400) | North Carolina -5000 (bet $5,000 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: College of Charleston +17 (-110) | North Carolina -17 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 143.5 (O: -106 | U: -115)

College of Charleston at North Carolina: Three things to know

  1. North Carolina opens the season ranked No. 16 in the USA TODAY Sports Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll. Last season was a disaster by UNC standards as the Tar Heels finished 14-19 SU and 6-14 in the ACC, tied in the basement with Pittsburgh and Wake Forest.
  2. Charleston posted a 17-14 SU mark with a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) 11-7 record last season, finishing tied for fourth place. The Cougars went 6-7 SU in 13 true road contests while going 14-14-1 ATS with a slight edge to the Over at 15-13-1.
  3. Despite a relatively reasonable geographic proximity, CoC and UNC haven’t met on the hardwood since Nov. 28, 2010. Carolina picked up a 74-69 victory at the Smith Center as the Cougars easily covered a 14-point number that day as the Under (155.5) cashed.

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College of Charleston at North Carolina: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

North Carolina 77, College of Charleston 64

Money line (ML)

North Carolina (-5000) is too expensive, as you have to risk $50 for every $1 won. That’s just bad gambling over the long haul, as eventually you’ll run into an upset which will wash away your profits quickly. AVOID.

Against the spread (ATS)

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON +17 (-110) is worth playing rather lightly, as I am just not feeling North Carolina -17 (-110). The did lose last year’s leading scorer and all-everything Cole Anthony to the NBA.

The Heels have retooled with a wealth of talent in freshmen Walker Kessler and Caleb Love, joining potential ACC Player of the Year Garrison Brooks, Armando Bacot and Leaky Black. But it might take a while for this new power five to jell. UNC won’t lose, but covering 17 is a tall order against a decent CoC side. The Cougars added some new blood, too, and Payton Willis should step right in and add some scoring punch.

Over/Under (O/U)

The lean is to the UNDER 143.5 (-115

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Gemini North observations enable breakthrough in centuries-old effort to unravel astronomical mystery

Blast from the past
The enigmatic CK Vulpeculae nebula. The team of astronomers measured the speeds and changes in positions of the two small reddish arcs about 1/4 of the way up from the bottom and 1/4 of the way down from the top to help determine that the nebula is expanding five times faster than previously thought. Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURAImage processing: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin

An international team of astronomers using Gemini North’s GNIRS instrument have discovered that CK Vulpeculae, first seen as a bright new star in 1670, is approximately five times farther away than previously thought. This makes the 1670 explosion of CK Vulpeculae much more energetic than previously estimated and puts it into a mysterious class of objects that are too bright to be members of the well-understood type of explosions known as novae, but too faint to be supernovae.


350 years ago, the French monk Anthelme Voituret saw a bright new star flare into life in the constellation of Vulpecula. Over the following months, the star became almost as bright as Polaris (the North Star) and was monitored by some of the leading astronomers of the day before it faded from view after a year. The new star eventually gained the name CK Vulpeculae and was long considered to be the first documented example of a nova—a fleeting astronomical event arising from an explosion in a close binary star system in which one member is a white dwarf, the remnant of a Sun-like star. However, a string of recent results have thrown the longstanding classification of CK Vulpeculae as a nova into doubt.

In 2015, a team of astronomers suggested that CK Vulpeculae’s appearance in 1670 was the result of two normal stars undergoing a cataclysmic collision. Just over three years later, the same astronomers further proposed that one of the stars was in fact a bloated red giant star, following their discovery of a radioactive isotope of aluminum in the immediate surroundings of the site of the 1670 explosion. Complicating the picture even further, a separate group of astronomers proposed a different interpretation. In their paper, also published in 2018, they suggested that the sudden brightening in 1670 was the result of the merger between a brown dwarf—a failed star too small to shine via thermonuclear fusion that powers the Sun—and a white dwarf.

Now, adding to the ongoing mystery surrounding CK Vulpeculae, new observations from the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab, reveal that this enigmatic astronomical object is much farther away and has ejected gas at much higher speeds than previously reported.

Blast from the past
This wide-field view shows the sky around the location of the historical exploding star CK Vulpeculae. The remains of the nova are only very faintly visible at the center of this picture. Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2.Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin

This team, led by Dipankar Banerjee of Physical Research Laboratory Ahmedabad, India, Tom Geballe of Gemini Observatory, and Nye Evans of Keele University

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