Astronomers detect rare kilonova explosion
They’re fast, furious, unusual and truly impressive.
Astronomers studying short-lived gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) have detected a rare kilonova explosion in which two neutron...
Mining with microbes in space
Can bacteria extract useful materials from rocks?
The first mining experiments in space have revealed that microbes can efficiently extract elements from rocks in zero...
Important discovery of a cold brown dwarf
Astronomers achieve a first using radio observations.
Astronomers have reported the first direct discovery of a cold brown dwarf from its radio wavelength emission. It...
Jupiter’s moon Europa may glow in the dark
An exciting destination just got more intriguing.
In news that is sure to delight every kid with stickers of stars and planets on their ceiling, planetary scientists h...
Lady Stardust was a star of astrophysics
Margaret Burbidge found her calling early.
Margaret Burbidge, named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as “one of the most influe...
Playing detective on a galactic scale
Huge new dataset will solve Milky Way mysteries.
An Australian-led team of “galactic archaeologists” has just released the largest set of stellar chemical data ever c...
Tracing the origins of fast radio bursts
Two teams spot first event in the Milky Way.
Radio astronomers monitoring the sky for unusual events have found a fast radio burst (FRB) in the constellation Vulp...
Unusual centaur emitting gas and dust
Recent arrival will provide clues to Solar System history.
Astronomers and planetary scientists studying a little-known group of icy bodies called centaurs have found one that ...
How to live up there in space
What we’ve learned from 20 years of the ISS.
By Alice Gorman, Flinders University, and Justin Walsh, Chapman University November 2 marks 20 years since the fir...
What is it with all that dust?
Scientists solve another mystery about white dwarfs.
Scientists studying how comets and asteroids break up and vaporize if they get too close to their suns have resolved ...
Bits of big asteroid found on small one
NASA’s Bennu sampling mission may be a twofer.
Scientists poring over images from the asteroid 101955 Bennu, now being orbited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, have...
Black hole mergers? 44 confirmed, and counting
Analysis of gravitational-wave data leads to wealth of discoveries.
A global network of scientists has completed the first major analysis of gravitational wave data, providing exciting ...