Astrophysics

  • Exoplanets dodge bombardment in their infancy

    The fragile orbits of the TRAPPIST-1 planets confirm their gentle start to existence.

    In 2017, NASA announced the discovery of seven rocky, Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zone of a star ca...

    Astrophysics November 26, 2021
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    Adopted baby bats, black holes and burns bandages – all the science stories you might have missed...

    Like mother, like (adopted) daughter Baby bats act like their adoptive mothers, according to a Tel Aviv University...

    Animals November 22, 2021
  • Aussie telescope to find planets next door

    New precision space telescope will search for worlds around Alpha Centauri using astrometry.

    A University of Sydney-led project is set to build a space telescope to look for rocky planets in the “Goldilocks” zo...

    Astrophysics November 17, 2021
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    Moon fragments, cat object permanence, the rhythms of music preference, and more science you miss...

    Near-Earth asteroid could be a piece of the Moon An asteroid called Kamo`oalewa likely has lunar origins, accordin...

    Astrophysics November 15, 2021
  • Hidden black hole found in extragalactic star cluster

    Stellar detection method used to find a black hole outside of our galaxy for the first time.

    Astronomers have just unveiled a black hole from another galaxy, hiding deep within a bright cluster of a thousand st...

    Astrophysics November 11, 2021
  • More gravitational waves detected than ever before

    Signals from cosmic collisions hint at the life and death of stars.

    Somewhere out there in the universe, neutron stars and black holes regularly collide, causing cosmic ripples in space...

    Astrophysics November 8, 2021
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    A new human species, alien signals and fly heartbeats – here’s what went down in science last week.

    Adding a new name to the family tree Palaeoanthropologists have just announced the name of a new species of human,...

    Palaeontology November 1, 2021
  • A new view of distant galaxies

    The imminent launch of the James Webb space telescope promises clearer images – and deeper unders...

    Growing up under the clear night skies of the state of Georgia, in the south-east of the United States, I remember ly...

    Astrophysics October 22, 2021
  • Cosmic roadkill: when planets collide, what happens to their atmospheres?

    Stellar sleuthing finds first evidence of an atmosphere without a planet; likely giant impact.

    Around 200,000 years ago there was an epic crash on the cosmic highway. In the solar system orbiting the lyrically na...

    Astrophysics October 21, 2021
  • Black holes belch out intergalactic smoke

    Bubbles, rings and filaments formed over hundreds of millions of years.

    Astronomers have just watched the evolution of streamers of gas around an active black hole – and they look a bit lik...

    Astrophysics October 19, 2021
  • Fossilised stardust found in meteorites

    Tracing ancient elements back to long-gone suns.

    Like rocks on Earth preserving records of prehistoric times, some pristine meteorites hold records of ancient grains ...

    Astrophysics October 13, 2021
  • Strange radio waves from the centre of the galaxy

    WA radio telescope may have detected a new class of celestial object.

    In the West Australian desert, an array of radio telescopes has spotted strange radio signals emanating from somewher...

    Astrophysics October 12, 2021
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