Astrophysics

  • Cosmic cloud in galactic ‘no-man’s land’

    Astronomers find a mysterious cloud bigger than the Milky Way.

    In a first-of-its-kind discovery, US researchers have spotted a cosmic cloud bigger than our own Milky Way, floating ...

    Astrophysics July 6, 2021
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    Gravitational waves from black holes swallowing neutron stars

    We talk to Susan Scott about gravitational waves, black holes, and neutron stars.

    Earlier this week, scientists announced an exciting discovery made with made with gravitational waves: the first conf...

    Astrophysics July 2, 2021
  • Black hole gulps down neutron star

    Gravitational-wave astronomers finally spot a black hole consuming a neutron star.

    For the first time, scientists have detected gravitational waves from a black hole swallowing a neutron star – and no...

    Astrophysics June 29, 2021
  • New type of supernova spotted

    Theory becomes reality as astronomers observe an electron capture supernova, more than 40 years a...

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    Astrophysics June 29, 2021
  • 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...

    Astrophysics 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
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