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OJ 287 - Binary pair of supermassive black holes
A historical light curve of the BL Lacertae object OJ 287 is constructed in the optical V band using observations between 1890 and the present. The curve exhibits periodic outbursts at intervals of…
Distance to NGC 253 based on the planetary nebula luminosity function
We identify a sample of 14 planetary nebulae in the nearby starburst disc galaxy NGC 253, using broad- and narrow-band imaging. A simple model of the stellar and dust layers in the galaxy shows that…
The Kozai Mechanism and the Stability of Planetary Orbits in Binary Star Systems
A massive binary black-hole system in OJ 287 and a test of general relativity
The observations confirm the binary nature of the system and also provide evidence for the loss of orbital energy in agreement (within 10 per cent) with the emission of gravitational waves from the system.
OJ 287 Outburst Structure and a Binary Black Hole Model
Evidence for Quasi-periodic Modulation in the Gamma-ray Blazar PG 1553+113
We report for the first time a gamma-ray and multiwavelength nearly-periodic oscillation in an active galactic nucleus. Using the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) we have discovered an apparent…
Natural Transfer of Viable Microbes in Space: 1. From Mars to Earth and Earth to Mars
The possibility and probability of natural transfer of viable microbes from Mars to Earth and Earth to Mars traveling in meteoroids during the first 0.5 Ga and the following 4 Ga are investigated,…
Tidal generation of active spirals and S0 galaxies by rich clusters
Gavazzi and Jaffe found that late-type spiral galaxies in rich clusters are radio sources 10 times more powerful than spirals outside clusters. Gavazzi and Jaffe propose that ram pressure from the…
Primary Black Hole Spin in OJ 287 as Determined by the General Relativity Centenary Flare
OJ 287 is a quasi-periodic quasar with roughly 12 year optical cycles. It displays prominent outbursts that are predictable in a binary black hole model. The model predicted a major optical outburst…
Natural transfer of viable microbes in space.
If microbes existed or exist on Mars, viable transfer to Earth is not only possible but also highly probable, due to microbes' impressive resistance to the dangers of space transfer and to the dense traffic of billions of martian meteorites which have fallen on Earth since the dawn of the authors' planetary system.