Astrophysics News


Hubble Pinpoints Farthest Protocluster of Galaxies Ever Seen

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development. It is the most distant such grouping ever observed in the early universe.


New Findings about the ‘Supernova of a Generation'

An international team of scientists has discovered that the supernova that exploded in August –– dubbed the supernova of a generation –– was a "white dwarf."


Discovery of the Fastest-Rotating Massive Star Ever Recorded

An international team of scientists has found the fastest-rotating massive star ever recorded. The star spins around its axis at the speed of 600 kilometers per second at the equator, a rotational velocity so high that the star is nearly tearing apart due to centrifugal forces.


One Promising Puzzle Piece for Confirming Dark Matter Now Seems Unlikely Fit

With assistance from the Earth's magnetic field, the Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope confirms a cosmic excess of antimatter positrons, but not the spike expected if evidence of dark matter.


“Save the World Through Science & Engineering” Video Contest Opens

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is accepting submissions for the 2012 Kavli “Save the World Through Science & Engineering” Video Contest.


Kavli Frontiers of Science begins New Symposia Series with Indonesia

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


Distinguished Young Scientists Selected to Participate in Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposia

One hundred twenty-two young scientists have been selected for the U.S. and Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia.


TESS Project Awarded $1 Million NASA Grant

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project at MIT has been named by NASA as one of the 11 proposals recently accepted for evaluation as potential future science missions.


How Slow is Slow? EXO Knows!

The EXO team announced yesterday at a conference in Munich that, according to their measurements of two-neutrino double-beta decay in Xe-136, an isotope of xenon, the half-life of the process clocks in at 2.11 x 10^21 years.


New Discovery Sheds Light on the Ecosystem of Young Galaxies

Research may help explain how galaxies take in matter and give off energetic radiation.