Kepler space telescope

  • ‘Vampire’ star feeding frenzy found

    New project makes good use of data from an old telescope.

    Astronomers led by the Australian National University (ANU) have found a “vampire” star in the midst of a feeding fre...

    Astronomy January 28, 2020
  • New clues to the Milky Way’s age

    Star-quake vibrations suggest ‘thick disc’ is 10 billion years old.

    The Milky Way’s “thick disc” is about 10 billion years old, according to an international team of scientists.They use...

    Space December 5, 2019
  • Study raises concern for sun ‘superflare’

    Research finds it’s not just young stars that behave explosively.

    Astronomers monitoring data from thousands of distant stars have come to an unnerving conclusion: every 2000 to 3000 ...

    Astronomy June 12, 2019
  • TESS finds comets around ‘celebrity’ star

    NASA planet-spotting mission detects its first smaller bodies.

    Just one year after its launch, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has detected its first comets orb...

    Astronomy May 23, 2019
  • Artificial astronomers spot new planets

    Applying algorithms to noisy Kepler data produces results. Andrew Masterson reports.

    Two new exoplanets have been discovered – but not by human eyes.In a paper published in The Astronomical Journal, res...

    Space March 27, 2019
  • Ten years after: Kepler’s first planet confirmed

    Months after NASA’s orbiting telescope shut down, its work is verified. Andrew Masterson reports.

    A decade after it was first detected, astronomers have confirmed the existence of the first exoplanet ever spotted by...

    Space March 7, 2019
  • NASA retires the Kepler Space Telescope

    The world’s first dedicated exoplanet-spotting craft has run out of fuel, and fallen silent. Andr...

    After just shy of a decade of active service, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has ceased operations.Announcing the end ...

    Space October 30, 2018
  • Dust to dust: the mystery of Tabby’s star deepens

    It’s been dubbed the most mysterious star in the universe, and the latest research does nothing t...

    Astronomers using small telescopes around the world are unearthing clues to an enigma once dubbed “the most mysteriou...

    Space June 10, 2018
  • Non-magnetic dwarfs turn out to be magnetic

    NASA’s Kepler satellite provides detailed data to overturn conventional thinking on magnetism and...

    Until today, roughly 85% of white dwarfs – the compact, hyper-dense corpses of burnt-out stars – were thought to lack...

    Space December 14, 2017
  • Johannes Kepler's obsession with Mars

    It took Johannes Kepler eight years to solve the “Martian problem” laying the foundations for mod...

    In the dying years of the 16th century, Johannes Kepler – mathematician, astrologer and astronomer – became obsessed ...

    Space May 14, 2017
  • Whirling dance of vibrating 'heartbeat stars'

    Stars locked in a strange orbit could be pulled around by an as-yet unseen stellar companion.

    An artist's impression of two 'heartbeat stars' swerving near one another in their closest approach along their highl...

    Space October 23, 2016
  • Alien megastructure 'discovery': a review of the facts

    Two recent stories suggest extraterrestrial life is alive and well – and advanced enough to build...

    An artist's impression of a Dyson sphere – a collection of energy-harvesting components built around a sun by an alie...

    Space August 31, 2016
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