Astronomy

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

Scientists Say New 'Planet 9' Evidence May Solve the Greatest Mystery in Our Solar System

Despite several doomsday prophecies involving a hidden ninth planet in our solar system, astronomers (not doomsayers) may be the ones...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 11:19AM

Earth-Like Worlds Can Still Become Harsh 'Snowball Planets' Inside the Habitable Zone

As our search for Earth-like exoplanets (which are simply planets in other solar systems) continues, one of the key things we look for...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - 6:55PM

This Ancient Black Hole Outshines the Entire Milky Way—And No One Can Explain It

Finding a black hole that's older than light itself is impressive (and more than a little unnerving). Finding a black hole that eats...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - 11:58AM

The Groundbreaking Discovery You've Never Heard Of: Why Astronomy's Biggest Problem is Too Much Data

The biggest scientific breakthrough of our time might be buried under too much information.

Chris Mahon
Monday, 14 May 2018 - 1:02PM

NASA Says Jupiter's Moon Europa Is Shooting Liquid Water From Underground Oceans Into Space

Data from the NASA Galileo mission has confirmed the presence of liquid water on Jupiter's moon Europa.

Chris Mahon
Monday, 14 May 2018 - 12:29PM

NASA Shares a Photo of a Distant Rosebud-Shaped Nebula For Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, instead of sending your mom a normal Earth rose, NASA wants you to send a giant, cosmic space rose.More...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 3:13PM

Some New Planets Discovered By the Kepler Space Telescope May Be False Alarms

Since its launch back in 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope has done nothing but look out for signs of exoplanets, which are simply...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 6:23PM

How Astronomers Used Music Theory to Create the First-Ever 3D Model of a 'Singing' Star Cloud

A team of astronomers used music to unlock the mysteries of star formation in interstellar clouds.

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 11 May 2018 - 11:27AM

Hiding In Plain Sight: Dutch Astronomers Accidentally Discover an Infant Exoplanet – But They Were Looking for Something Else

Astronomers accidentally discovered a brand new "baby" exoplanet that has been hiding in plain sight for years.

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 - 12:00PM

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