Astronomy

Researchers Have Discovered a Neptune-Sized "Balloon" Planet With a Helium-Filled Atmosphere

An international group of researchers led by a team at the University of Geneva have found an exoplanet with an atmosphere that is...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 07 December 2018 - 1:09PM

Prehistoric Cave Drawings Suggest Early Humans Were Advanced Astronomers

They may not have had WiFi or indoor plumbing, but our cave dwelling ancestors were smarter and much more advanced than some people...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - 11:15AM

Instead of Alien Life, Astronomers Just Found Water on This Giant Exoplanet

Despite millions of light-years between us and most exoplanets, we're not only getting better at spotting them, we're now able to...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 26 November 2018 - 1:05PM

Astronomers Spot Two Starless Rogue Planets Drifting Through Space

Over the past year or so, different scientific studies have argued that so-called 'rogue planets' (ie, planets without a star to...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 2:02PM

A 'Dark Matter Hurricane' Will Pass By Our Solar System, and Scientists Are Excited

A 'dark matter hurricane' sounds like something out of a comic book, but it's nevertheless real (as far as we know--dark matter is a...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 1:53PM

Scientists Capture First-Ever Photos Of Supermassive Black Holes in the Midst of 'Hidden' Galactic Mergers

Few things are more powerful, cataclysmic, or vast than a merger between supermassive black holes, but galactic mergers are one of...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 08 November 2018 - 1:49PM

Scientists Have Spotted A 'Cannibal Vampire Star' Escaping The Milky Way Galaxy

If there are galactic archaeologists, what about stellar homicide detectives? Scientists recently spotted a star called CPD 64°2731...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 08 November 2018 - 1:17PM

One of the Oldest Stars in the Universe Discovered in Earth's Backyard

Science Alert reports a team of astronomers have discovered a little star in the Milky Way Galaxy believed to be around 13.5 billion...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 - 12:10PM

New Harvard Study Suggests 'Oumuamua Is of Alien Origin

Just when we thought the question was settled for good, here we are again: discussing whether the tumbling, cigar-shaped object known...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 05 November 2018 - 1:35PM

Two 'Dust Moons' Spotted Orbiting Earth End Decades Of Controversy In The Scientific Community

Two new studies (found here and here) have found compelling evidence for the existence of 'dust moons' called Kordylewski dust...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 02 November 2018 - 12:57PM

Galactic Archaeologists Find Stars in our Milky Way That Survived an Ancient Galaxy Merger

There are some awesome job titles out there, like "Digital Prophet" and "Dean of Pizza, but "galactic archaeologist" probably takes...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 01 November 2018 - 1:12PM

The Hubble Telescope Spots a Cosmic 'Bat Shadow' Cast by a Young Solar System Like Ours

One thing many people don't understand about astronomy is that you can learn as much from what you can't see as what you can. Black...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 01 November 2018 - 12:36PM

Giant Blob of Gas Sucked Into the Milky Way's Black Hole at 30% the Speed of Light

Back in September, a team of astronomers spotted an Earth-sized chunk of matter falling into a black hole at 30% the speed of light....

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 1:29PM

Astronomers Still Puzzled by Blue Asteroid Causing the Geminid Meteor Showers

When we're not narrowly avoiding collisions with them or planning to blow them up with nuclear weapons, scientists are busy studying...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 12:26PM

Astronomers Have Found a Way to Spot Supermassive Black Hole Mergers

We've said this before, but we'll say it again: black holes are weird. Stephen Hawking once thought they were gateways to another...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 1:59PM

NASA Shares Trippy Images of Gas Bubbles Forming in the Cat's Paw Nebula

Between 4,200 and 5,500 light years away from Earth in the constellation Scorpius lies a nebula with a familiar shape for those who...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 1:41PM

It Works For Everything: NASA Fixes Hubble Telescope By Turning it Off and Back On

After checking to make sure that it is plugged in and receiving power, one of the first steps in electronics troubleshooting is to...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 12:07PM

NASA Goes Full Nerd, Names Constellations After The Hulk, Godzilla, and the TARDIS

The naming of constellations is serious business. The ones you're probably most familiar with like the Big Dipper, Sagittarius, and...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 22 October 2018 - 1:17PM

Astronomers Have Discovered a Massive Proto-Supercluster of Galaxies in the Early Universe

Using the VIMOS instrument (VIsible Multi-Object Spectrograph) on ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile, an international team of...

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 12:46PM

The Newly Discovered Star CI Tau Challenges Our Current Models for Star Systems

It must be hard to be an astronomer or astrophysicist--every week, a new discovery (like Swift J0243.6+6124) seems to challenge their...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 1:08PM