Astronomy

After Decades of Searching, We've Finally Found All of the Universe's (Normal) Matter

Humans may be destined to wipe out all other life in the cosmos, but we're sure stumbling at the first hurdles when it comes to...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 12:54PM

MIT Scientists Say They Just Discovered 80 New Exoplanets in Record Time

According to NASA, over 78 percent of confirmed exoplanets were discovered using the transit method, which involves analyzing how much...

Andrew LaSane
Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 10:43AM

Astronomers Devise a New Strategy For Discovering Infant Planets Around Young Stars

As it becomes more common to discover exoplanets in distant (or nearby) solar systems, we're starting to see more variety in the weird...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 4:40PM

Astronomers Detect a Distant Eruption From a Black Hole 'Eating' a Nearby Star

Obviously, it's a good thing that we don't have any black holes too close to our solar system, but occasionally we get a good reminder...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 6:35PM

This Tech Expert Says NASA's Asteroid Data Is Flawed—Now Scientists Are Backing Him Up

NASA is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to scientific research: Between the Hubble and Chandra telescopes, the multiple...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 1:14PM

We Just Found New Evidence of Organic Alien Life on the Planet Ceres

The 2015 Dawn mission to explore the dwarf planet Ceres may not have turned up evidence of life, but it did find the next best thing:...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 12:35PM

Tiny Sparkling Clouds of 'Nanodiamonds' May Finally Explain Strange Space Radiation

When astronomers talk about observing the "cosmic background radiation," you might think it's the sort of signal that can only be...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - 12:45PM

We Just Used an Innovative New Technique to Find 3 Newly Birthed Planets Near a Young Star

Using revolutionary new planet-finding techniques and data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in northern...

Andrew LaSane
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - 11:04AM

The ESO's 'Very Large Telescope' Captures Two Galaxies Undergoing a Very Close Encounter

One thing that the Hubble Space Telescope is very good at is tracking down galactic collisions. Regardless of how common it is for...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 11 June 2018 - 6:08PM

The 'Pillars of Creation' Hides a Special Magnetic Field Which Can Teach Us More About Star Formation

You've likely seen the famous Hubble telescope photo of the Pillars of Creation — the long trunks of a nebula which resemble the...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 10 June 2018 - 3:08PM

Hubble Space Telescope Photographs a Galaxy Filled With Bright Blue Threads of Cosmic Gas

The center of a galaxy tends to be the most interesting part, not least because that's often where a supermassive black hole is...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 09 June 2018 - 4:27PM

Astronomers Discover a Solar System Which Is Full of Rocky Planets the Same Size as Earth

While we're not expecting to travel to Earth-like planets anytime soon, scientists are still preoccupied with finding them, if only to...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 09 June 2018 - 4:24PM

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