Space

Brightest neutron star yet has a multipolar magnetic field

Brightest neutron star yet has a multipolar magnetic field

Scientists have identified a neutron star that is consuming material so fast it emits more x-rays than any other. Its extreme brightness can only be...
How the Earth got its iron signature

How the Earth got its iron signature

Experiments call origin of Earth's iron into question New research from The University of Texas at Austin reveals that the Earth's unique iron composition isn't...
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...
Dating the Milky Way's disc

Dating the Milky Way’s disc

When a star like our sun gets to be very old, after another seven billion years or so, it will no longer be able...
Why are there different 'flavors' of iron around the Solar System?

Why are there different ‘flavors’ of iron around the Solar System?

New research shows that interactions between iron and nickel under the extreme pressures and temperatures similar to a planetary interior can help scientists understand...
SpaceX mission launches new era for premier, multi-user spaceport

SpaceX mission launches new era for premier, multi-user spaceport

The SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 39-A is another milestone for NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as a...
The Case of the 'Missing Link' Neutron Star

The Case of the ‘Missing Link’ Neutron Star

Like anthropologists piecing together the human family tree, astronomers have found that a misfit "skeleton" of a star may link two different kinds of...
Examining exploding stars through the atomic nucleus

Examining exploding stars through the atomic nucleus

Imagine being able to view microscopic aspects of a classical nova, a massive stellar explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star (about...
Hubble Spotlights a Celestial Sidekick

NASA’s Hubble spotlights a celestial sidekick

This image was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), a highly efficient wide-field camera covering the optical and...
Colorful demise of a sun-like star

Colorful demise of a sun-like star

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like our sun. The star is ending its...