Astronomy

This Tiny White Dwarf Star is Evaporating an 'Ice Giant' Exoplanet

Somehow, a planet survived the devastating explosion of a star's death, and the scorching white dwarf star that remains is now...

Scarlett James
Thursday, 05 December 2019 - 11:13AM

Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov Is the Length of 14 Earths – And Will Speed Past the Sun Later This Week

The second interstellar visitor to our solar system is closing in on the Sun, according to reports from Universe Today. Comet...

Scarlett James
Wednesday, 04 December 2019 - 9:23AM

'Unicorn' Meteor Shower From Unknown Comet Returning to Skies After 24 Years Tomorrow Night

The last time the Alpha Monocerotids meteor showers were seen was 1995 – right in the middle of what some of us at Outer Places...

Gart Williams
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 7:38AM

Watch This Stunning Simulation of What Our Sky Would Look Like if Planets Replaced the Moon

It seems like the stuff of science fiction to see huge planets wheeling across the sky, but that’s exactly what amateur astronomer...

Scarlett James
Monday, 18 November 2019 - 9:27AM

‘Visitor from a Strange Land’ – Star Ejected by Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole Now Traveling at over 3 Million MPH

Five million years ago the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy ejected a bright blue star – now, it’s 29,000...

Scarlett James
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - 11:00AM

Harvard Smithsonian's New DESI Instrument for Studying Dark Matter is a Robotic House of Horrors with 5000 Eyes

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument – or DESI for short – is, as Emperor Palpatine so aptly put it, “fully armed and...

Scarlett James
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 10:43AM

ESO Telescope Reveals What Could be the Smallest Dwarf Planet Yet in the Solar System

ESO Photo ReleaseAstronomers using ESO’s SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea...

ESO
Monday, 28 October 2019 - 12:00PM

Hubble Captures Cosmic Face

ESA/Hubble Photo ReleaseCredit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and M. Durbin (University of Washington) In celebration of...

ESA/Hubble Photo Release
Monday, 28 October 2019 - 10:31AM

How a Cataclysmic Neutron Star Merger Gave Us Heavy Elements Like Strontium

Scientists discovered a vein of heavy elements in the wreckage left behind a cataclysmic neutron star merger and finally revealing how...

Scarlett James
Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 12:00PM

UCLA Astronomers Reverse-Engineered A Genius Hack To See What Exoplanets Are Made Of

Astronomers at the University of California Los Angeles have reverse-engineered a genius way to determine what the cores of exoplanets...

Scarlett James
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 9:16AM

Attack Ships on Fire off the Shoulder of Orion? No, Just the Orionid Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight

So maybe you missed the Draconid and Taurid meteor showers earlier this month. Maybe you read our coverage too late. Maybe it was too...

Gart Williams
Monday, 21 October 2019 - 8:45AM

Hubble Observes New Interstellar Visitor

Photo release via ESA/HubbleOn 12 October 2019, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provided astronomers with their best look yet at...

ESA/Hubble
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - 10:03AM

How to See the Draconid Meteor Shower Tonight

October is a fantastic month: the summer heat finally begins to give way to more moderate temperatures, the leaves turn, and the...

Gart Williams
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 - 3:11PM

Breaking Discovery: A Massive Seyfert Energy Flare Shredded Our Galaxy Just 3.5 Million Years Ago

A research team of astronomers reports evidence of a Seyfert energy flare decimating the Milky Way galaxy some 3.5 million years ago,...

Scarlett James
Monday, 07 October 2019 - 2:21PM

Scientists Capture First-Ever Photograph Of The ‘Cosmic Web’ Connecting Us To Other Galaxies

Scientists have long hypothesized that there is a network of invisible gas filaments bridging light-years across the universe,...

Scarlett James
Friday, 04 October 2019 - 4:24PM

Enigmatic Radio Burst Illuminates a Galaxy’s Tranquil ​Halo

ESO Science ReleaseAstronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time observed that a fast radio burst passed...

ESO
Friday, 27 September 2019 - 11:34AM

Second Interstellar Object Ever Discovered is Traveling at 100 Times the Speed of Sound

An amateur astronomer has discovered a comet that is the second-ever interstellar visitor to our solar system, according to...

Scarlett James
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 10:47AM

Scientists Discover Neutron Star 'Almost too Massive to Exist' the Size of Manhattan with Twice the Mass of the Sun

Scientists at West Virginia's Green Bank Observatory have discovered an unfathomably massive neutron star on the verge of collapsing...

Gart Williams
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 - 2:16PM

The Perseid Meteor Shower Will Reach Its Pinnacle Tonight: Here's How to See It

Whether you've been hoping to catch a fireball this year or you just want a better way to spend a Monday night than drinking yourself...

K.S. Anthony
Monday, 12 August 2019 - 12:41PM

Hubble Showcases New Portrait of Jupiter

Press release: ESA/HubbleCredit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong (University of California,...

ESA/Hubble Information Center
Thursday, 08 August 2019 - 10:52AM