Astronomy

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

Scientists May Have an Answer to the Mystery of Ghostly Gamma Ray Bursts

For years, astronomers have struggled to find what exactly is causing the mysterious phenomenon known as "fast radio bursts:" the...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 - 12:18PM

A New Study Rules Out Black Holes as Explanation for the Universe's Missing Dark Matter

A new discovery has destroyed astronomers' hopes of accounting for what it is or how it's connected to the observable universe. The...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 - 2:00PM

Distant Ice World Nicknamed 'The Goblin' Gives More Evidence for Ninth Planet in our Solar System

Step by step, astronomers are growing tantalizingly close to finding the solar system's long-rumored 'Planet Nine' lurking somewhere...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 - 1:35PM

Breakthrough: The Entire Sky Is Faintly Glowing At Wavelengths Invisible To The Human Eye

An international team of astronomers have discovered that the entire sky – perhaps the entire universe – is faintly glowing at...

Scarlett James
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 - 1:25PM

The Skull-Shaped "Death Comet" Will Pass by Earth Again After Halloween

Everyone has something they love about Fall: the changing of the leaves, the sweater weather, or the 1,300-foot wide, skull-shaped...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 - 12:50PM

We Have A New Map Of Dark Matter In The Universe... But It Doesn't Match The Last One

A few years ago, the Planck survey gave scientists a picture of where dark matter might be lurking across the universe. That survey...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 01 October 2018 - 12:05PM

Scientists Just Discovered a Neutron Star That Breaks All the Rules

Between the TESS spacecraft's newly discovered pair of exoplanets and Gaia's ability to chart the position and movement of literally...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 28 September 2018 - 12:39PM

NASA's New Conference on Alien Life Is Happening Now, and You Can Ask The Experts Questions!

No matter how you slice it, astronomers have discovered a lot of exoplanets in the Milky Way galaxy--3,779, to be exact--and between...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 12:33PM

Astronomers Identify Four Star Systems That May Have Been Oumuamua's Original Home

We've made a lot of discoveries about Oumuamua since it streaked into our solar system last November, but the mystery of its origins...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - 12:12PM

Scientists Spot Dust Storms on Titan, Saturn's Most Habitable Moon

Despite being a small moon orbiting ten times farther from the Sun than Earth, Titan is strikingly similar to Earth: it has a stable,...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - 11:37AM

Astronomers Spot An 'Earth-Sized Clump of Matter' Hurtling Into A Black Hole At 30% Of The Speed Of Light

Whether it involves warping space-time so much that you can effectively time travel or bringing a 'dead' star back to life, black...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 21 September 2018 - 1:23PM

A Disturbance In The Force: "Galactic Archaeologists" Find Ancient Spiral Patterns Embedded In The Milky Way Galaxy

Last April the ESA Gaia satellite released its first big dump of data, which gave astronomers the brightness, distances, and...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 1:11PM