astronomy

star systems

Astronomers Peer at a Young Star System That Is Strikingly Similar to Our Own

DM Tau has its own asteroid belt, and may be developing its own versions of Earth and Neptune, too.
Becky Ferreira
3.14.19
astronomy

NASA Captures Stunning Images of ‘Nuclear Superbubbles’ in an Alien Galaxy

NGC 3079 is spitting out particles that balloon across thousands of light years in space.
Becky Ferreira
3.4.19
New Worlds

Astronomers Discover Rare Kilometer-Sized Object in Outer Solar System

“We didn't even have enough money to build a second dome to protect our second telescope! Yet we still managed to make a discovery that is impossible for the big projects.”
Becky Ferreira
1.28.19
exoplanets

Citizen Scientists Help Spot a Potentially Habitable Planet Nearly Twice the Size of Earth

K2-288Bb is located 226 light years away.
Becky Ferreira
1.9.19
FAR OUT

Astronomers Find the Most Distant Known Object in the Solar System

Nicknamed “Farout,” the world is 120 times farther from the Sun than Earth.
Becky Ferreira
12.17.18
exoplanets

This Alien World Is Evaporating Faster Than Any Known Planet

“In only a few billion years from now, half of the planet may be gone.”
Becky Ferreira
12.14.18
exoplanets

Scientists Discover ‘Super-Earth’ That’s Only Six Light Years Away

Astronomers have been looking for exoplanets around Barnard’s Star for decades. Now, they’ve finally spotted one.
Becky Ferreira
11.14.18
rogue planets

Rare Sighting of Two Rogue Planets That Do Not Orbit Stars

There may be more starless planets than stars in the Milky Way.
Becky Ferreira
11.9.18
Space

Astronomers May Have Discovered the First Known ‘Exomoon’

A new study suggests that the Jupiter-sized planet Kepler-1625b may host a Neptune-sized moon.
Becky Ferreira
10.3.18
The Most Unknown

What Baby Stars and Meteorites Can Tell Us About Our Solar System’s Past

Rachel Smith studies the birth of stars to better understand the origins of life on Earth, and perhaps elsewhere in the universe.
Becky Ferreira
9.20.18
astronomy

Twelve New Moons Discovered Orbiting Jupiter

The moons were discovered serendipitously while astronomers hunted for the hypothetical Planet Nine.
Becky Ferreira
7.17.18
breakthroughs

For the First Time, Astronomers Detected a 'Ghost Particle' and Tracked It to Its Source

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, along with over a dozen other institutions, shed light on the high-energy universe with multi-messenger astronomy.
Becky Ferreira
7.12.18
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