Astronomy

Astronomers Discover Three New Earths 160 Light-Years Away – But Can Human Life Survive On Them?

Three rocky, Earth-like exoplanets have been discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope's K2 mission.

Chris Mahon
Friday, 08 June 2018 - 12:30PM

These Mysterious Objects Are Gathering Around The Supermassive Black Hole At The Center Of Our Galaxy

These objects should get pulled apart when they get close to the black hole. Instead, they keep themselves together and keep orbiting,

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 07 June 2018 - 12:45PM

NASA Says the Alpha Centauri Star System May Support Life—And It's Right Next Door to Us

Ever since astronomers realized that the closest Earth-like exoplanet, Proxima b, is probably an irradiated hellscape, excitement...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 07 June 2018 - 11:30AM

Scientists Say the Secret to Tabby's Star's 'Alien' Dimming Just a Sparked a New Mystery

When astronomers spotted strange patterns of dimming and brightening from KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby's Star, none of the...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 - 12:29PM

Scientists Say Multiple-Star Planets Like Star Wars' Tatooine Aren't Just Real, They're Habitable

Back in 1977, astronomers probably scoffed at the twin suns of Luke Skywalker's home planet for the same reason modern scientists...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 - 1:05PM

The Mystery of Mars' Missing Atmosphere May Finally Be Solved

Right now, we're pretty sure that Mars had liquid water on its surface at one point and that it was probably hospitable to life.  ...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 04 June 2018 - 12:01PM

NASA Says We Had a Scary Brush With an Asteroid This Weekend

In sci-fi movies, when a space object is hurtling towards Earth it's a really big deal. There are countdown clocks, scientists running...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 04 June 2018 - 11:32AM

Bizarre Exoplanet 'WASP-127b' is a Gas Giant That's Filled With Several Metals and Maybe Water

An exoplanet (a term which simply means a planet in another solar system) like WASP-127b is one of the last places you'd expect to...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 03 June 2018 - 5:21PM

New Hubble Telescope Photo Shows a Distorted Galaxy From the Hydra-Centaurus Supercluster

As the Hubble Space Telescope frequently surveys the observable universe, it likes to remind us how frequently galaxies seem to...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 01 June 2018 - 7:38PM

This Giant Neutron Star Merger Just Made Black Hole History

Remember when everyone was afraid that colliding tiny particles together with the Large Hadron Collider would create a black hole that...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 01 June 2018 - 1:26PM

In Dark Matter Shock, Astronomers Say Some of It May Have an Electric Charge

It seems like astronomers get to explore all the cool mysteries: What black holes look like, how big the Milky Way is, whether an...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 01 June 2018 - 12:29PM

Could This Super-Distant Neutron Star Finally Unlock the Secrets of Supernovas?

Some of the wonders of the universe look like the Ant Nebula: giant, iridescent patterns splashed across the face of the void....

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 1:12PM

New Research Says the Milky Way Is Far Bigger Than We Thought Possible

If NASA can spot a tiny exoplanet millions of miles away just by catching the momentary dip in brightness as it passes in front of a...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 12:34PM

First-Ever Photo of Milky Way Black Hole's Event Horizon Stuns Scientists

Despite being 54 million miles across and the glowing center of the Milky Way galaxy, no one has ever taken a photo of Sagittarius A,...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 25 May 2018 - 12:20PM

New Discovery in Pluto's Heart Suggests It Was Created From One Billion Comets

It's strange to think that our first close-up images of Pluto only came in 2015, a whopping 85 years after it was discovered. In fact,...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 11:43AM

Scientists Say They Can Finally Explain Saturn's Weirdly Shaped Inner Moons

If you thought moons always look ours--white, cratered, and sphere-shaped--Saturn's inner moons prove otherwise: of its roughly 150...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - 12:33PM

Astronomers Have Discovered Two Distant and Very Bright 'High Redshift' Quasars

Quasars are among the brightest and farthest objects we've found throughout the known universe, but we haven't found very many. So...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 21 May 2018 - 7:45PM

The Hubble Telescope Completes an Impressive-Looking Ultraviolet Map of Nearby Galaxies

For all the time we've spent looking up into space, we still don't know a whole lot about our local cosmic neighborhood outside the...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 19 May 2018 - 1:01PM

Far-Off Oxygen Proves These Ancient Stars Formed Just After the Big Bang

We're fairly used to oxygen here on Earth, so it may not be initially clear why it's so exciting that astronomers found some out on...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 7:46PM

Astronomers Say They Found a Space-Laser Shooting Out of a Binary Star in the Ant Nebula

Back in the 1920s, theoretical astronomer and astrophysicist Donald Menzel identified Menzel 3, a nebula we now know as the Ant...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 1:33PM