Astrophysics

  • 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
  • Baby galaxies born big

    Faint, distant fossil galaxy has massive dark-matter halo.

    The first galaxies in the universe were likely more massive than previously thought, according to new research from M...

    Astrophysics February 2, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Big, BIG night sky mapAn international research collaboration has just released a map of more than 690 million ce...

    Astrophysics January 18, 2021
  • Milliseconds measure galactic gravity

    Data from pulsars widens knowledge of dark matter and gravitational waves.

    Scientists measuring tiny changes in the arrival times of signals from millisecond pulsars have found a new way to me...

    Space January 13, 2021
  • Star-making motion

    International team produces the world’s highest-resolution simulation of astrophysical turbulence.

    Quantum physicist Richard Feynman once called turbulence “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics”. ...

    Astrophysics January 12, 2021
  • History

    James Van Allen was known for his belts

    Apollo astronauts can thank the would-be sailor.

    A January 2017 article in Popular Mechanics magazine, with the headline “How NASA got Apollo astronauts through the d...

    Astrophysics December 11, 2020
  • Glaciers may answer a Martian mystery

    New study offers new theory on faint young Sun paradox.

    Rather than flowing across its surface during a warm, wet phase early in its history, the water that carved the river...

    Astrophysics December 3, 2020
  • Shining light on the Sun’s source of power

    New class of neutrinos ends a chapter of physics.

    Scientists working with $AU60 million instrument in Italy have found a new class of neutrinos coming from the Sun tha...

    Astrophysics November 26, 2020
  • White Dwarf: 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 ...

    Astrophysics October 31, 2020
  • Elements of surprise in new star study

    Carbon discovery has implications across astrophysics.

    Stars churn out carbon much faster than previously thought, according to new measurements by Australian and Norwegian...

    Astrophysics October 10, 2020
  • Focus

    Welcome, all, to Solar Cycle 25

    Experts expect it will be a lot like the last one.

    Solar Cycle 24 has officially ended, solar physicists say, and Solar Cycle 25 is expected to be another mild one, wit...

    Astrophysics September 16, 2020
  • Origin of the elements reviewed

    Study suggests neutron stars not such big players.

    Colliding neutron stars do not create as many of the chemical elements in the Universe as has been assumed, according...

    Astrophysics September 16, 2020
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