Universe

World's first 'super telescope' to aid astronomers in search for alien life

Construction has begun on the world's first "super telescope", which could prove to be a vital tool in the search for alien life.<p>The telescope, …

Physics

Viewing the Vermin Galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is famous for its jaw-dropping snapshots of the cosmos. At first glance this Picture of the Week appears to be …

Milky Way Galaxy

NASA's Juno Reported Back, and Things Are Getting Weird

Juno’s Revelations<p>NASA’s Juno spacecraft has just revealed a wealth of new information about our Solar System’s biggest resident, Jupiter, and it’s …

Space Exploration

Scientists Propose a New Planetary Object That Could Change Everything

A new type of planetary object has been proposed this month which scientists are calling a synestia. While this doughnut-shaped object may have been …

Space Science

Dark Energy May Lurk in the Nothingness of Space

Credit: agsandrew/Shutterstock.com<p>A new study may help reveal the nature of dark energy, the mysterious substance that is pushing the universe to …

Dark Energy

Getting to Know Black Holes: The Universe’s Best Killers

There are many mysteries in the world of science. One such phenomenon that’s always been a bit of a dark horse and caused many a sleepless night for …

Astrophysics

China's new space telescope will scan Milky Way to unearth secrets that are probably still unknown to NASA

China will soon come up with a new space telescope, which will try to solve many mysteries of the universe, including finding many black holes and neutron stars that are through to be hidden in our Milky Way galaxy. The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), which is claimed to be China's first …

Milky Way Galaxy

India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope is on track to get a major upgrade by 2018

The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (<b>GMRT</b>), located about ten kilometers east of Narayangaon on the Pune-Nasik highway (NH50) is getting a major …

India

China’s new space telescope to probe “big eaters” of the universe

China’s new space telescope will probe many mysteries of the universe, including the belching “big eaters”, active galactic nuclei at the most remote …

Space Science

Is Space Curved? Can We See The Milky Way In The Past?

Is it possible that space-time is curved in such a way that one (or many) of the galaxies we see in telescopes is actually our own Milky Way a few billion years earlier?<p>It is mathematically <i>possible</i> for a universe to be shaped this way, but not our Universe. Our Universe is as close to flat as we …

Milky Way Galaxy

Tabby’s “Alien-Megastructures” Star Had Begun to Dim Again

Since it was first discovered, Tabby’s Star has baffled scientists all across the world. The reason for this is that it doesn’t act like any other …

Physics

We knew Jupiter was weird. Now we're finding out HOW weird.

If there’s one thing that shouldn’t surprise astronomers, it’s being surprised. The trend is pretty clear: Every single time we look at the Universe …

Space Exploration

Uncovering and Understanding Newly-Found Supernovas

One of the most exciting things that an astronomer could possibly see in their line of work has to be a stellar explosion – or in other words a …

Space Science

NASA's New ISS Experiment Will Study Mysterious Pulsars

These incredibly dense, incredibly small, rapidly spinning stars could be our "lighthouses" to navigate the galaxy.<p>The first space-based experiment devoted to studying some of the most mysterious objects in the universe—neutron stars and pulsars—is about to launch to the International Space Station …

Astrophysics

Ask Ethan: What Does The Edge Of The Universe Look Like?

13.8 billion years ago, the Universe as we know it began with the hot Big Bang. Over that time, space itself has expanded, the matter has undergone gravitational attraction, and the result is the Universe we see today. But as vast as it all is, there’s a limit to what we can see. Beyond a certain …

Space Science

Our galaxy produces 9 trillion kilograms of antimatter a second—how?

New study proposes a (relatively) mundane source: a specific class of supernova.<p>Antimatter is rare in this Universe, but the Universe is a pretty big …

Physics

Stars can turn into black holes without a supernova

As a rule, astronomers believe that stars have to explode in a supernova before they collapse into black holes. That violent death is always the cue, right? Not necessarily. Researchers have spotted a massive star 22 million light years away, N6946-BH1, that appears to have skipped the supernova …

Astrophysics

Curious Kids: Does Space Go on Forever?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series aimed at children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they'd like an expert to</i> …

Milky Way Galaxy

World's largest telescope sets sights on 2024 unveiling | News | DW | 27.05.2017

Construction has started in Chile on the world's largest optical telescope. From 2024, the European Southern Observatory involving 16 nations should …

Astronomy

Geologists find very hot lava flowed on Earth in recent times

A new study shows that some komatiites — cooled lava that flowed on Earth as long as 2.5 billion years ago — may be much younger and hotter than …

Earth

Where’s Dark Energy Taking Our Galaxy?

We know that the Universe is accelerating, and we’re pretty sure that’s because of dark energy. But where is this dark energy actually taking us? To …

Dark Energy

Astronomers discover what is causing those mysterious cosmic radio bursts

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….<p>This is not 40-year-old fiction. This is a 3-billion-year-old true story.<p>Three thousand thousand thousand years ago, give or take a few million years, in a galaxy 3 thousand thousand thousand light years away, give or take a few million light years, a fast …

Milky Way Galaxy

The search for a habitable second Earth

Contact with extraterrestrial life would be an epochal event. Even the discovery of a simple alien organism would be transformative, giving us unprecedented insight into how life forms on Earth and other planets. Yet, there's exactly zero proof that life exists beyond this world -- not one alien …

Milky Way Galaxy

Scientists finally crack source and formation of antimatter in the Milky Way

<b>Melbourne:</b> Scientists have solved the mystery behind how most of the antimatter in the Milky Way forms.<p>Antimatter is material composed of the …

Birth of a black hole witnessed as star vanishes without a bang

For the first time, astronomers have witnessed a star disappear right before their eyes. Known as N6946-BH1, the star appears to have collapsed into …

Space Science

We can't get over NASA’s psychedelic photo of the Crab Nebula

It's the universe's most mesmerizing mystery.<p>Scientists are piecing together a clearer picture of one of the universe’s most photogenic mysteries, …

Galaxies

Supercomputers Create Breathtaking Simulations of Spiral Galaxies

Peering through a telescope, a galaxy looks like single, sparkling entity. But up close, it’s one of the most complex systems in the universe—an …

Spiral Galaxies

Astronomers Aren't Mystified by Olbers's Paradox Anymore

In the 1820s, something troubled astronomer Heinrich Olbers. With so many radiant balls of fire eternally glowing in the universe, how could there be …

Andromeda Galaxy

This week in science: the hot and the cold vs. the quick and the dead

Tabby’s Star is getting lots of attention, even SETI is getting in the game. But to get an idea of what more mundane explanations are making the …

Liberal POV

Surprise! Galaxy's monster Black Hole likely has huge neighbor on a crash course

Two monster black holes are apparently on a collision course near the heart of a nearby galaxy, a new study reports.<p>Astronomers have spotted an extremely bright object located about 1,500 light-years from the supermassive black hole known to occupy the heart of Cygnus A, an oft-studied galaxy that …

Black Holes