Astrophysics News


Curious Tilt of the Sun Traced to Undiscovered Planet

"Planet Nine” may be the reason that the solar system’s planets orbit at a six-degree angle with respect to the Sun.


NASA’s TESS Mission Will Provide Exciting Exoplanet Targets for Years to Come

NASA’s upcoming Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will look at the brightest stars in our solar neighborhood.


XJ1417+52: X-ray Telescopes Find Evidence for Wandering Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered an extremely luminous, variable X-ray source located outside the center of its parent galaxy.


Detonating White Dwarfs as Supernovae

Model describes how dead stars called white dwarfs could detonate.


Construction of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves Forward

Latest approval step paves the way for underground experiment’s startup in 2020.


Black Hole Hidden Within Its Own Exhaust

A black hole at the center of a galaxy named NGC 1068 is actually the source of its own dusty torus of dust and gas.


HERA, the ‘Cosmic Dawn’ Telescope, Receives Major NSF Support

A $9.5-million grant will expand HERA, a multinational experiment to study how primordial galaxies forever changed the very early universe.


Cosmic Neighbors Inhibit Star Formation, Even in the Early-Universe

SpARCS collaboration has discovered four of the most distant clusters of galaxies ever found.


Many Goals Outlined in Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Are Met, Others Delayed by Unforeseen Constraints, New Report Says

Report highlights the first detection of gravitational waves and the discovery of distant Earth-like planets.


Fermi Researchers Explore New Ways of Searching for Dark Matter

Three studies expand the hunt for unexplained cosmic gamma-ray signals.