Astrophysics

Watch LIGO's Dazzling Simulations of Merging Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

Today, scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) made the historic announcement that they have...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 2:15PM

Breaking: Physicists Confirm Discovery of Gravitational Waves

In one of the most significant scientific discoveries in recent memory, scientists from the the Laser Interferometer Gravitational...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 10:34AM

Scientists Offer Compelling Evidence That Earth is the Result of a Collision Between Two Early Planets

The origins of the moon have been a rather interesting study over the years, as it’s been determined for quite some time that the...

Zain Charkawi
Thursday, 04 February 2016 - 7:00PM

New Theory Suggests Life Could Evolve on Planets Orbiting Black Holes

Even though the movie Interstellar depicted the possibility of habitable planets in orbit around a black hole, it’s been a known...

Zain Charkawi
Thursday, 21 January 2016 - 9:01PM

Comets Aren't What’s Causing KIC 8462852 to Dim

Not long ago, KIC 8462852 was making waves in the news due to some of its weird behaviors. Astronomers had determined that the star...

Zain Charkawi
Sunday, 17 January 2016 - 3:53PM

Did Scientists Finally Detect Gravitational Waves?

Yesterday morning, Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at ASU, tweeted that he had received confirmation of a long-standing rumor that...

Noelle Phansalkar
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 - 2:01PM

Galactoseismology: How Earthquakes in Space Can Help Us Find Black Holes

Scientists have come up with some pretty far-out methods in the ongoing hunt for dark matter. A new field, pioneered by RIT...

Noelle Phansalkar
Monday, 11 January 2016 - 12:52PM

Scientists Are Currently Creating Real-Life Force Fields for Spaceships

Science fiction could once again become science fact if scientists succeed in their goal to create real-life force fields for...

Zain Charkawi
Sunday, 03 January 2016 - 5:55PM

The Likelihood of Comets Hitting Earth Is Higher Than We Thought

An asteroid armageddon has seemed more and more far-fetched in recent years, but is it more likely than we thought? According to a...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 - 2:55PM

NASA Discovers "Cosmic Clumpy Doughnuts" Surrounding Black Holes

Astronomers have known for some time that certain black holes were surrounded by thick, dense disks of gas and dust called tori. Now,...

Janey Tracey
Sunday, 20 December 2015 - 12:34PM

Watch an Amazing Simulation of the Spinning Turbulence Inside a Star

Stars look perfectly serene when we see them from Earth, but beneath the surface, they're filled with turbulent storms as a result of...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 2:34PM

The Sun Could Release "Superflares" with the Power of a Billion Megaton Bombs

The sun regularly produces flares, or sudden releases of energy that have the energy of up to 100 million megaton bombs. But according...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 03 December 2015 - 10:59AM

New Study Shows That "Alien Dyson Sphere" Is Most Likely a Cloud of Comets

Last month, astronomers detected a bizarre light pattern emitting from a star in a faraway galaxy that seemed to defy explanation,...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 30 November 2015 - 2:14PM

Destruction of Mars's Moon Could Lead to Saturn-Like Rings

Earlier this month, NASA reported that Mars's moon Phobos is gradually falling apart. Now, scientists from UC Berkeley have calculated...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 23 November 2015 - 2:40PM

Miguel Chevalier's Illustration of Stephen Hawking's Research Will Blow Your Mind

Cambridge University has no shortage of great names on its list of alumni, from Isaac Newton to Arthur Eddington, the University has...

Kieran Dickson
Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 5:50PM

Here's Why the 15 Days of Darkness Rumor Is a Hoax

Every once in a while, a ridiculous apocalyptic rumor hits the internet, like the 2012 Mayan calendar doomsday predictions or recent...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 1:11PM

There May Have Once Been 9 Planets in the Solar System After All

In a study recently published in the Astrophysical Journal, it’s theorized that the solar system may have once had nine planets...

Zain Charkawi
Thursday, 05 November 2015 - 7:42PM

Astronomers May Have Found a New Way to Identify Exoplanets

There are currently a number of ways that astrophysicists are able to locate and discover the existence of exoplanets, including...

Zain Charkawi
Saturday, 31 October 2015 - 11:28AM

Modified Plasma Engine Could Get Humans to Mars on 100 Million Times Less Fuel

Although conventional chemical rocket thrusters could technically get us all the way to Mars, they need to burn fuel in order to run,...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 29 October 2015 - 11:04AM

Watch: NASA Video Shows What Happens When a Star Is Sucked Into a Black Hole

NASA just discovered the exact mechanism by which a star is swallowed and consumed by a black hole, and they have a beautiful,...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 10:57AM