Astrophysics News


Quasars Have Turned Down the Radio, and the Lights

A new study reveals the behavior of quasars in both radio and optical light over the past ten billion years, and it seems they have become progressively more considerate of their fellow cosmic residents.


An Interpolation Sensation for Image Relations

A new technique for understanding the subtle differences in the observed shapes of celestial objects brings LSST's measurement of dark energy closer to reality.


Ungrateful Pulsar is Destroying Its Companion

Combining data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and observations with optical telescopes, a KIPAC scientist has discovered the most extreme 'black widow' pulsar yet.


Astronomers Detect Much Sought-After Cosmic Dark Matter Filament

Astronomers find evidence the universe is filled with a giant web-like structure of dark matter, arrayed in vast filaments between the galaxies.


Good CARMA Contributes to Detection of Rare Gravitational Phenomenon
Astronomers have found a puzzling arc of light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing 10 billion light-years away.


Theorem Unifies Superfluids and Other Weird Materials
Commonality can be used to predict or even design new materials that exhibit exreme behaviors.


Seven Scientific Pioneers Receive the 2012 Kavli Prizes

Seven pioneering scientists have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes – prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, and include a cash award of one million dollars in each field.


First Light from a Super-Earth Spotted

Scientists on a planetary-heat-seeking mission have detected the first infrared light from a super-Eart, revealing a searing planet.


NASA's WISE Mission Sees Skies Ablaze With Blazars

The mission finds more than 200 supermassive black holes called " blazars" and has the potential to find thousands more.


"Cosmic Mirages" Confirm Accelerated Cosmic Expansion

An unprecedented survey of gravitationally lensed quasars provides strong evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.