Astronomy

Columbia Scientists Say TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanet Has An Earth-Like Iron Core: A Key Ingredient For Evolving Life

Researchers at Columbia University's Cool Worlds laboratory – part of their Department of Astronomy – have discovered that...

K.S. Anthony
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 - 10:04AM

Astronomers Track Down a Bizarre Exoplanet Named 'WASP-96b' Which Has Zero Clouds

With all the exoplanets we've been discovering lately, it's tough to actually find a clear sky in all these alien atmospheres.Until...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 07 May 2018 - 8:27PM

How To Watch the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower When It Peaks This Weekend

While Halley's Comet only appears every 75 years or so, we can see pieces of its debris every spring in a unique form of meteor...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 05 May 2018 - 2:51PM

Proof of Planet Nine in Medieval Manuscripts: An Astronomer and a Historian Team Up to Find the Truth in 1,000-Year-Old Data

Scientists and historians join forces to solve a modern mystery with ancient data.

Chris Mahon
Friday, 04 May 2018 - 11:21AM

Music of the Spheres – Listen to This Astronomer's Algorithm that Translates the Milky Way Galaxy into Jazz

An astronomer created an algorithm that turns astronomical data about the Milky Way galaxy into jazz music.

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 04 May 2018 - 11:13AM

Astronomers Find an Exoplanet Full of Helium For the First Time

Helium, as the second most common element in the universe (the first is hydrogen), should be easy to detect. But outside Earth, we can...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 - 8:32PM

Stellar Dust in Distant Solar Systems Could Disrupt the Search For Earth-Like Planets

You wouldn't think that studying dust is important, but if we hope to find more Earth-like exoplanets out there, looking at space dust...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 2:57PM

Hubble Telescope Catches a 'Stellar Thief' Star Stealing From a Nearby Supernova

Never assume that a star is too big to steal. If you carelessly leave some spare hydrogen lying around, it'll snatch that right up in...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 11:54AM

Harvard Scientists Say an ESA Satellite Could Finally Reveal the Secrets of Alien Life

You probably heard about the Gaia satellite's new, super-precise star map of the Milky Way earlier this week, but it looks like...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 27 April 2018 - 11:26AM

New Yale Study Says Wandering Black Holes Lurk in the Heart of the Milky Way

Despite our fascination with far-off galaxies and distant exoplanets, it turns out the humble Milky Way is still surprising...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 27 April 2018 - 10:49AM

This Ancient Galaxy Cluster Formed Just 1.5 Billion Years After the Big Bang

The early universe is still in many ways a mystery, but we do have some idea of what it looks like thanks to light from distant...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 7:54PM

Pitch Black Planet 'WASP-104b' Absorbs Enough Light to Appear Invisible in Space

Thanks to the recent flurry of exoplanet discoveries over the past few years, we've managed to find both similar planets to the ones...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 6:32PM

The ESA's New Uber-Precise Star Map Revolutionizes Our View of the Milky Way

Astronomers have been upping their game recently: the Hubble Telescope celebrated its 28th anniversary by taking photos of the Lagoon...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 11:32AM

Hubble Telescope Shows an In-Depth Look at Two Distant Galaxies About to Collide

About 80 million lightyears from Earth, two galaxies are slowly but chaotically crashing into each other.The full collision of spiral...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 23 April 2018 - 8:30PM

Hubble Telescope Celebrates Its 28th Anniversary With Cosmic Photos of the Lagoon Nebula

The Hubble space telescope launched all the way back in April 24, 1990, and since then, it's done so much for the field of astronomy...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 20 April 2018 - 6:17PM

If Wormholes Exist, This Scientist Says We Just Discovered the Secret to Finding Them

If wormholes exist, we may be one step closer to finding them thanks to a new study authored by Indian physicist Rajibul Shaikh.  ...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 20 April 2018 - 11:41AM

NASA Just Selected Six UAE High School Teachers to Train With Astronauts at Its Space Academy

Six high school educators from the United Arab Emirates are about to become the coolest teachers on Earth: they've been selected to...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 1:00PM

Astronomers Say an Asteroid Snuck Up on Us and Almost Hit Earth Yesterday

Five years ago, the 10,000-ton, 56-foot Chelyabinsk meteor exploded over Russia with the force of 30 atomic bombs. Yesterday, an...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 16 April 2018 - 11:23AM

A Neutron Star 'Glitching' is Finally Recorded By Astronomers After Three Years of Waiting

Neutron stars are definitely not the largest objects in the universe, but they are the most massive (aside from black holes).A typical...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - 8:19PM

Neighboring Star Proxima Centauri Roasts an Exoplanet With a Solar Flare

Located in one of the closest star systems to our own at just 4.2 lightyears away, the exoplanet Proxima b seemed like a great...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 7:16PM