Aerospace

Tail of stray black hole hiding in the Milky Way

Tail of stray black hole hiding in the Milky Way

It is difficult to find black holes, because they are completely black. In some cases black holes cause effects which can be seen. For example...
'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory

‘Monster’ planet discovery challenges formation theory

A giant planet - the existence of which was previously thought extremely unlikely - has been discovered by an international collaboration of astronomers New research,...
Does New Horizons’ next flyby target have a moon

Does New Horizons’ next flyby target have a moon?

Scientists were already excited to learn this summer that New Horizons’ next flyby target – a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles past Pluto...
NASA's Fermi finds possible dark matter ties in Andromeda galaxy

NASA’s Fermi finds possible dark matter ties in Andromeda galaxy

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a signal at the center of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy that could indicate the presence of the...
Super hot, really dark exoplanet ‘eats’ starlight

Super hot, really dark exoplanet eats starlight

An exoplanet outside our solar system observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope looks as black as asphalt because it “eats” light rather than reflecting...
NASA’s Hubble sees nearby asteroids photobombing distant galaxies

NASA’s Hubble sees nearby asteroids photobombing distant galaxies

Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of...
NASA's Juno probes the depths of Jupiter's great red spot

NASA’s Juno probes the depths of Jupiter’s great red spot

Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates...
Invisible magnetic bubbles in our solar system

Invisible magnetic bubbles in our solar system

Space may seem empty, but it's actually a dynamic place populated with near-invisible matter, and dominated by forces, in particular those created by magnetic...
Aliens may be more like us than we think

Aliens may be more like us than we think

Hollywood films and science fiction literature fuel the belief that aliens are other-worldly, monster-like beings, who are very different to humans. But new research suggests...
Cold suns, warm exoplanets and methane blankets

Cold suns, warm exoplanets and methane blankets

Somewhere in our galaxy, an exoplanet is probably orbiting a star that's colder than our sun, but instead of freezing solid, the planet might...