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HOTY2017
HOTY2017

The Astronomer Who Is Building the Largest Map of Space by Volume

Mark Halpern and his team are in a race against time to study dark energy's role in the expansion of our universe.
Jacob Dubé
1.16.18
It's Not Aliens
It's Not Aliens

Astronomers Debunk the ‘Alien Megastructures’ Theory About that Weird Star

Over 100 people collaborated on the newest study about KIC 8462852.
Becky Ferreira
1.3.18
discoveries
discoveries

This Spliff-Shaped Interstellar Asteroid Just Buzzed by Earth

‘Oumuamua’s bizarre dimensions have “never been seen in our own solar system.”
Becky Ferreira
11.20.17
Stellar Deaths
Stellar Deaths

‘Star That Would Not Die’ Explodes for a Record 600 Days

Most type II supernovae start to fade within 130 days, but this star couldn't stop exploding.
Becky Ferreira
11.8.17
eyes on the universe
eyes on the universe

Astronomers Are 'Racing Against Time' as Humanity Clogs the Air With Radio Signals

Interference is playing havoc with radio telescopes.
Jacob Dubé
10.17.17
ripples in spacetime
ripples in spacetime

Nobel Prize in Physics Recognizes the Dawn of a Whole New Kind of Astronomy

Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish are named for leading the effort to detect gravitational waves.
Becky Ferreira
Kate Lunau
10.3.17
CHIME
CHIME

This Huge Telescope is Built Like A Halfpipe and Hunts for Dark Energy

Dark energy is driving the accelerating expansion of the universe. No one knows what it is.
Jacob Dubé
9.7.17
space
space

Mystery Gravitational Lens Hints at Possible Primordial Black Holes, Dark Matter

At the very least, the new discovery offers a novel way of magnifying the distant cosmos.
Michael Byrne
8.25.17
Lost Worlds
Lost Worlds

‘Rogue Planets’ Are Roaming Our Galaxy

And astronomers have found an ingenious way to spot them.
Becky Ferreira
7.24.17
Good Vibrations
Good Vibrations

These Floating Golden Cubes Proved We Can Detect Cosmic Ripples in Space

The mission paves the way for its big sister, LISA, that will listen for the collisions of galaxies and the explosions of massive stars.
Becky Ferreira
7.18.17
Did You Hear That?
Did You Hear That?

Inside China's Supermassive Alien-Searching Radio Dish

The 500 meter wide FAST dish has made a poor rural province the center of China's search for extraterrestrial life. But how likely is it the telescope will indeed start intercepting alien messages?
Jamie Fullerton
7.10.17
space
space

Astronomers Observe Slowest Objects Ever Tracked Through Space

The supermassive black holes of galaxy 0402+379 are a couple of cosmic snails.
Michael Byrne
7.3.17