Space & Future

Astronomers detect hot gas bubble swirling around the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have spotted signs of a ‘hot spot’ orbiting Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the centre...

Astronomers unveil new and puzzling features of mysterious fast radio bursts

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are millisecond-long cosmic explosions that each produce the energy equivalent to the sun’s annual output. More than 15 years after the...

Astronomers find a sun-like star orbiting a nearby black hole

In 1916, Karl Schwarzchild theorized the existence of black holes as a resolution to Einstein’s field equations for his Theory of General Relativity. By the...

Saturn’s magic ring is from its lost moon Chrysalis, shows study

Rings appear to be common around planets in the solar system, but the dramatic rings of Saturn have long puzzled astronomers, as has the...

How massive stars steal planets?

Our Sun has a rather lonely existence in the Milky Way galaxy. It sits on its own, four light years away from the nearest star,...

Astronomers detect an exoplanet by seeing its Trojan belts

Although we have found thousands of exoplanets in recent years, we really only have three methods of finding them. The first is to observe a...

Saturn might have torn a moon apart to make its rings

Saturn is a world of surprises. The Voyager 1 and 2 flybys and later on, the Cassini mission, opened our collective eyes to intricate details...

Astronomers risk misinterpreting planetary signals in James Webb data

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is revealing the universe with spectacular, unprecedented clarity. The observatory’s ultrasharp infrared vision has cut through the cosmic dust...

Saturn’s rings and tilt could be the product of an ancient, missing moon

Swirling around the planet’s equator, the rings of Saturn are a dead giveaway that the planet is spinning at a tilt. The belted giant rotates...

Scientists find new way to detect baby planets in the making

Astronomers agree that planets are born in protoplanetary disks — rings of dust and gas that surround young, newborn stars. While hundreds of these disks...

Scientists capture the sharpest image of universe’s most massive known star

Astronomers have yet to fully understand how the most massive stars — those more than 100 times the mass of the sun — are...

‘Diamond rain’ in space could prove useful on earth

“Diamond rain,” a long-hypothesized exotic type of precipitation on ice giant planets, could be more common than previously thought, a study finds. In an earlier...

Deep Space

Scientists find an exoplanet where it rains iron

Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day...

This week’s super blood moon to get the heart pumping

If you cast your eyes to the skies this Wednesday night you're in for a celestial surprise - a rare Super Blood Moon. Technically a...

Watch the death of this rare giant star

Located about 3,009 light-years from Earth, VY Canis Majoris is possibly the most massive star in the Milky Way. A University of Arizona-led team of...

Scientists find remnants of an ancient galaxy at the edge of Andromeda

An amateur astronomer examining archival data processed by the Community Science & Data Center tipped off astronomers about a smudge of interest in an...

Scientists discover the most iron-poor star in the Galaxy

Astronomers find the most iron-poor star in the Galaxy, hinting at the nature of the first stars in the Universe. A newly discovered ancient star...