Astrophysics News


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.


South Pole Telescope Homes in on Dark Energy, Neutrinos

Analysis of data from the 10-meter South Pole Telescope is providing new support for the most widely accepted explanation of dark energy — the source of the mysterious force that is responsible for the accelerating expansion of the universe.


Researchers Find the First Neutron Star That Bursts as Predicted

For the first time, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have detected all phases of thermonuclear burning in a neutron star.


Researchers Say Galaxy May Swarm with “Nomad Planets”

For every typical star in our galaxy, there may be up to 100,000 “nomad planets” not tied to any solar system.


Planck Satellite Reveals Enormous Haze of Energetic Particles at the Center of Milky Way

Images produced by the Planck satellite have revealed an enormous cloud of electrons traveling near the speed of light in the heart of our Galaxy, the Milky Way.


National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science Begins New Symposium Series with Israel

The National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium program has entered into a new partnership with Israel.


New Kavli Institute Announced at the University of Tokyo

The Univeristy of Tokyo has joined the Kavli family with the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU).


Hubble Zooms in on a Magnified Galaxy

Thanks to the presence of a natural "zoom lens" in space, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope got a uniquely close-up look at the brightest "magnified" galaxy yet discovered.