Astrophysics

  • The surface of Venus is geologically active

    New study of the ‘hellish’ planet reveals tectonic activity, disproves solid lithosphere theory.

    Venus’ surface is not a single, solid “lithosphere”, as once thought, but a patchwork of tectonic plates with similar...

    Astrophysics June 22, 2021
  • Did Betelgeuse supernova? Or was it just a dusty fart?

    New observations reveal Betelgeuse’s ‘Great Dimming’ was not a precursor to a supernova, but cosm...

    Between November 2019 and March 2020, the star Betelgeuse – the second closest red supergiant to Earth, and a star th...

    Astrophysics June 17, 2021
  • New telescope quadruples fast radio burst count in just one year

    535 new observations will help answer fundamental questions about the Universe.

    In just one year of peering up at the Universe, a new telescope in Canada has quadrupled the number of fast radio bur...

    Astrophysics June 10, 2021
  • Really big black holes

    What are some of the largest known black holes in our universe?

    Dying stars can form black holes up to five times larger than once thought possible, scientists have discovered. B...

    Space June 9, 2021
  • Where a star is born

    Fascinating new insights from the 238th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

    Stars like our Sun are born in stellar nurseries – cosmic clouds of dust and gas that churn out thousands of astral p...

    Astrophysics June 9, 2021
  • Largest-ever map of dark matter

    Astronomers release the most precise look at the universe’s evolution.

    The Dark Energy Survey collaboration has just released 30 new papers from the first three years of their observing ru...

    Astrophysics May 28, 2021
  • Young galaxy puts a spin on old models

    Radio telescope combines with cosmic magnifying glass to study the early universe.

    From an arid and isolated plateau in the Atacama Desert, a radio telescope has spied a baby galaxy in the infant univ...

    Astrophysics April 22, 2021
  • Astronomers find ‘Goldilocks’ black hole

    Early black holes may seed their more massive cousins.

    Last year, scientists used gravitational waves to detect an elusive intermediate-mass black hole for the first time. ...

    Astrophysics March 30, 2021
  • Space debris? SCOOP it up!

    An innovative proposal might make all the difference to de-junking near-Earth space.

    A network of mobile observatories deployed across Australia’s vast expanse could be a new weapon in the battle agains...

    Astrophysics March 12, 2021
  • W boson spotted in Antarctica

    IceCube observatory spots elementary particle needle in a galactic haystack.

    On 6 December 2016, a high-energy particle hurtled from outer space and through an Antarctic ice sheet, where it slam...

    Astrophysics March 11, 2021
  • Video

    Cosmic neutrino blast

    Tidal disruption event gives birth to travelling neutrino.

    A little bit more is now known about the cosmos, thanks to research involving a neutrino space odyssey, a black hole ...

    Astrophysics February 23, 2021
  • More massive, more problems

    Heavy black hole may change astronomers’ understanding of their formation.

    The first black hole ever discovered is more massive than we thought, according to an international team of astronome...

    Astrophysics February 19, 2021
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