A glowing report about auroral beads
Scientists learn more about the ‘lava lamps’ of space.
Scientists have uncovered the mysteries behind the formation of auroral beads and the role they play in our near-spac...
A flash of inspiration
Rare event may explain how white dwarfs explode.
Astrophysicists have spotted a spectacular flash of ultraviolet light accompanying a white dwarf explosion. The bl...
The ultimate map of the Universe
Two decades of work fills an 11-billion-year gap.
Astrophysicists have created the largest and most complete 3D map of the Universe. It includes measurements of mor...
New views on the origins of carbon
White dwarfs found to have more mass than expected.
Every carbon atom in the Universe was created by stars, through the fusion of three helium nuclei, but which types of...
Pōniuāʻena makes its mark far from Hawaii
It’s the second-most distant quasar ever detected.
The discovery of the second-most distant – and thus second oldest – quasar ever detected may force a rethink of how b...
Astrophysicists find the exoplanet they wanted
It’s the size of Neptune and orbiting a young star.
An exoplanet the size of Neptune has been discovered around a small young star about 32 light-years from Earth, endin...
Quasar jets thousands of light-years long
Scientists take a good look at Centaurus A.
The very-high-energy gamma ray emission from quasars are not concentrated in the region close to their central black ...
The theory of how black holes grow
New model aims to predict accretion or merger.
Astrophysicists in the US have developed a theoretical model for black holes to predict if growth by gas accretion or...
Astronomers find source of four radio bursts
Understanding the origins of mysterious signals.
Fast radio bursts are one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy. The immensely powerful bursts of radiation appear ra...
15 platters that matter
Rare images of planet-forming discs.
Astronomers have captured 15 new images of the inner rims of planet-forming discs hundreds of light-years away that s...
Do hungry galaxies eat their neighbours?
Modelling suggests that’s how big ones get bigger.
Exactly how massive galaxies attain their size is poorly understood, not least because it happens over billions of ye...
Star dance around a black hole
ESO telescope, and a lot of hard work, prove Einstein right.
After nearly three decades of work, scientists have revealed that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the ...