Astrophysics News


Proof: Cosmic Rays Come from Exploding Stars

A new study confirms what scientists have long suspected: Cosmic rays – energetic particles that pelt Earth from all directions – are born in the violent aftermath of supernovas, exploding stars throughout the galaxy.


Strict Limit on CPT Violation from Gamma-Ray Bursts

With a new 51 million investment, TU Delft and Leiden University will be exploring the frontiers of the ‘NanoFront’.


Very First Stars May Have "Turned On" When the Universe Was 750 Million Years Old

Researchers have peered back to the era of the first stars and galaxies, and found matter with no discernible trace of heavy elements.


Magnetism Combines with Gravity to Shape Black Hole's Environment

A state-of-the-art simulations demonstrates that gravity isn’t the sole arbiter of a spinning black hole’s behavior.


Winners of the 2012 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards Announced

Winning work appeared in The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Smithsonian Magazine, KQED QUEST and WGBH/NOVA and others.


A Burst of Activity in the Middle of the Milky Way

A team of scientists have detect the brightest flare ever observed from the black hole in the center of the Milky Way.


NASA'S Fermi Measures Cosmic 'Fog' Produced by Ancient Starlight

Astronomers using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have made the most accurate measurement of starlight in the universe.


Actor Alan Alda Visits SLAC to Discuss Communicating Science to the Public

Alan Alda visited SLAC as part of a two-day workshop on communicating science hosted by the Kavli Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics (KIPAC).


University of Tokyo Honors Kavli Foundation and Nissin with Shokumon Awards

The Kavli Foundation was presented the “Shokumon Award” by the University of Tokyo.


First Evidence that Yellow Supergiant Became Supernova

Researchers find evidence that the yellow supergiant star found at the location of supernova SN 2011dh was its progenitor.