Astrophysics News

04/02/2012

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.

03/02/2012

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.

02/23/2012

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.

02/14/2012

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.

02/10/2012

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.

02/07/2012

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).

02/02/2012

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.

01/10/2012

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.

12/14/2011

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."

12/05/2011

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.

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