astronomy

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
4 days ago
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
Science Solved It

It Took 600 Years to Figure Out This Mysterious, Exploding Ancient Star

Korean royal astrologers saw a new star appear in the sky in 1437 AD, and it took 600 years for astronomers to find what they had seen, and explain why it appeared that night.
Kaleigh Rogers
7.10.18
Space

A Black Hole Has Been Shredding a Star Twice the Size of the Sun for 10 Years

Astronomers have been watching the full fallout of a tidal disruption event for years.
Becky Ferreira
6.14.18
Oh hai star

At Nine Billion Light Years, ‘Icarus’ Is the Most Distant Star Ever Observed

Thanks to gravitational lensing, astronomers can observe normal stars across colossal stretches of space and time.
Becky Ferreira
4.2.18
Start Rolling Your Blunts

We Have 12 New Hubble Images of the Universe and It's Looking Gorgeous

The Hubble Space Telescope is filling out its gallery of distant Messier objects.
Becky Ferreira
3.20.18
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

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

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

‘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

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