Astrophysics News


New Exoplanet in Our Neighborhood

Though likely uninhabitable, planet is rocky, Earth-sized, and near enough for study of its atmosphere.


2015 Winners Named in Expanded AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards Competition

Stories on the stressful impact of urban violence on children, the shared aptitudes of humans and songbirds for vocal learning, and the impact of climate change on the forests of Minnesota and beyond, are among the winners of the 2015 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards.


Researchers Call for Ambitious Research to Unlock the Power of Earth’s Smallest Ecosystems

Understanding and controlling microbiomes could lead to significant advances in human health and environmental sustainability.


Suzaku finds common chemical makeup at largest cosmic scales

The elements needed to make stars, planets and people were evenly distributed across millions of light-years early in cosmic history, more than 10 billion years ago.


Astronomers peer inside stars, finding giant magnets

The mysterious inner regions of stars are strongly magnetized, according to a new study in the journal Science.


ALMA telescope unveils rapid formation of new stars in distant galaxies

Galaxies forming stars at extreme rates nine billion years ago were more efficient than average galaxies today, researchers find.


Listening to the extragalactic radio

Astronomers probe outer regions of other galaxies at low frequencies.


The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015

Awarded to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass."


Phoenix Cluster: A fresh perspective on an extraordinary cluster of galaxies

The Phoenix Cluster holds several records for properties of a galaxy cluster.


DESI, an ambitious probe of dark energy, achieves its next major milestone

DOE approves Critical Decision 2, based at Berkeley Lab.