Amateur astronomer helps uncover secrets of unique pulsar binary system
6 hours ago
A professional astrophysicist and an amateur astronomer have teamed up to reveal surprising details about an unusual millisecond pulsar (MSP) binary system comprising one of the fastest-spinning pulsars in our Galaxy and ...
Will Earth still exist 5 billion years from now? Old star offers sneak preview of the future
8 hours ago
What will happen to Earth when, in a few billion years' time, the sun is a hundred times bigger than it is today? Using the most powerful radio telescope in the world, an international team of astronomers has set out to look ...
Polar balloon STO2 to go the edge of space with Dutch instruments
Dec 07, 2016
Stars and planets are born from clouds of molecules that coagulate and eventually fall apart again in the space between the stars in a galaxy. Astronomers still do not know exactly how this works.
Second-generation stars identified, giving clues about their predecessors
Dec 06, 2016
University of Notre Dame astronomers have identified what they believe to be the second generation of stars, shedding light on the nature of the universe's first stars.
New dwarf satellite galaxy of Messier 83 found
Dec 05, 2016 report
(Phys.org)—Astronomers have found a new dwarf satellite of Messier 83 (M83, also known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy) located some 85,000 light years from its host. This satellite galaxy was designated dw1335-29 and could ...
Image: Hubble spotlight on irregular galaxy IC 3583
Dec 05, 2016
This delicate blue group of stars—actually an irregular galaxy named IC 3583—sits some 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin).
New observations confirm long-standing theory that stars are copious producers of heavy elements
Dec 01, 2016
Galaxies are often thought of as sparkling with stars, but they also contain gas and dust. Now, a team led by UCLA astronomers has used new data to show that stars are responsible for producing dust on galactic scales, a ...
LIGO back online, ready for more discoveries
Dec 01, 2016
Today (November 30), scientists restarted the twin detectors of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, after making several improvements to the system. Over the last year, they have made enhancements ...
First signs of weird quantum property of empty space?
Nov 30, 2016
By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetized neutron star using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, ...
IAU formally approves 227 star names
Nov 29, 2016
The creation of a specialised IAU Working Group, the Working Group on Star Names (WGSN), was approved by the IAU Executive Committee in May 2016 to formalise star names that have been used colloquially for centuries. WGSN ...