NASA’s Hubble paints picture of the evolving universe

Astronomers using the ultraviolet vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have captured one of the largest panoramic views of the fire and fury of...

Water-rich Earth-like exoplanets are common, says new study

Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) which are between two to...

Scientists find sprawling galaxy cluster hiding in plain sight

MIT scientists have uncovered a sprawling new galaxy cluster hiding in plain sight. The cluster, which sits a mere 2.4 billion light years from Earth,...

Astronomers identify some of the earliest galaxies in the universe

Astronomers have identified some of the earliest galaxies in the Universe. The research team has found evidence that the faintest satellite galaxies orbiting our own...

Hydrogen is the simplest element in the universe, but that simplicity is deceptive

Under pressure, hydrogen offers a reflection of giant planet interiors Lab-based mimicry allowed physicists to probe hydrogen under the conditions found in the interiors of...

Earth’s ingredients seem ‘pretty normal’, says new study

The Earth's building blocks seem to be built from 'pretty normal' ingredients, according to researchers working with the world's most powerful telescopes. Scientists have measured...

Scientists discover a supermassive black hole in a quiet Sunday night

Earlier this year, on a quiet Sunday night, my colleague Jack and I found the fastest-growing supermassive black hole in the known universe. We were...
Omega Centauri cluster unlikely to harbor life, says new study

Omega Centauri cluster unlikely to harbor life, says new study

Searching for life in the vast universe is an overwhelming task, but scientists can cross one place off their list. Omega Centauri — a densely...
Astronomers discover early opaque universe contained relatively little matter

Astronomers discover early opaque universe contained relatively little matter

A team of astronomers led by George Becker at the University of California, Riverside, has made a surprising discovery: 12.5 billion years ago, the most...
In neutron stars, protons may do the heavy lifting

In neutron stars, protons may do the heavy lifting

Neutron stars are the smallest, densest stars in the universe, born out of the gravitational collapse of extremely massive stars. True to their name, neutron...
The universe’s rate of expansion is in dispute and we may need new physics to solve it

The universe’s rate of expansion is in dispute and we may need new physics...

Next time you eat a blueberry (or chocolate chip) muffin consider what happened to the blueberries in the batter as it was baked. The blueberries...

Parker Solar Probe: A bold mission to touch the sun

On Sunday, NASA launched a bold mission to fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere, with a spacecraft named the Parker Solar Probe, after solar...

Scientists find evidence of energetic particles from early sun

Blue crystals in meteorites show that sun behaved like ‘high-energy toddler’ Our sun’s beginnings are a mystery. It burst into being 4.6 billion years ago, about...

170 years ago, Eta Carinae erupted dramatically. Astronomers now think they know why

Eta Carinae, a double star system located 7,500 light years away in the constellation Carina, has a combined luminosity of more than 5 million...

NASA, ULA launch Parker Solar Probe on historic journey to touch Sun

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the...

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