Astronomy

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

An Astrophysicist Says Isaac Asimov's Legendary Sci-Fi Planet 'Kalgash' Could Be Real

Isaac Asimov's 1990 novel Nightfall takes place on Kalgash, a planet illuminated by a ring of stars that only sees nightfall once...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 09 April 2018 - 12:45PM

It's Your Last Chance to See 'Jupiter's Triangle' in the Night Sky Til 2030

Stargazing into the night sky with a powerful telescope is cool and all, but we prefer the kind of constellation tracking that can be...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 09 April 2018 - 11:11AM

The Hubble Telescope Finds a Light Warping 'Einstein Ring' in Distant Galaxy Cluster

The galaxy cluster SDSS J0146-0929 is absolutely enormous, with hundreds of galaxies in close proximity and caught in each others'...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 08 April 2018 - 5:01PM

A Ring Inside the Small Magellanic Cloud Conceals a Well-Hidden Neutron Star

As one of the Milky Way's closest neighbors, you would think we'd see an entire star hiding inside the Small Magellanic Cloud, a...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 07 April 2018 - 12:06PM

Astronomers Say They Have Proof the Milky Way Galaxy Is Still Expanding—And No One Can Explain It

There are a couple tenets astronomers and cosmologists live by: light sets the speed limit for the universe, nothing can escape a...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 - 12:37PM