Astrophysics News

04/15/2010

Einstein's Theory Fights Off Challengers

Two new and independent studies have put Einstein's General Theory of Relativity to the test like never before. These results, made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, show Einstein's theory is still the best game in town.

04/02/2010

Michael Turner Named Director of Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

The University of Chicago has named Michael S. Turner as director of its Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, effective March 29, in an ongoing commitment to probing some of the most puzzling scientific questions about the origin and evolution of the universe.

03/02/2010

Fermi Telescope Probes "Dragons" of the Gamma-ray Sky

A new study of gamma rays shows that less than a third of the emissions arise from black-hole-powered jets from active galaxies.

03/01/2010

Astronomically Large Lenses Measure the Age and Size of the Universe

Researchers have a newly precise way to measure the size and age of the universe and how rapidly it is expanding, on a par with other techniques.

02/23/2010

Massive Planet is Being Torn Apart, Providing Opportunity to Watch a Planetary “Death March”

A massive planet outside our Solar System is being distorted and destroyed by its host star, a finding that helps explain the unexpectedly large size of the planet, WASP-12b.

02/22/2010

Kavli Prize Science Forum Announced; Inaugural Forum on International Cooperation in Science
John P. Holdren and Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, will join leaders of international science societies and academies to discuss international cooperation in science.

02/17/2010

Extreme Jets Take New Shape
Jets of particles streaming from black holes in far-away galaxies operate differently than previously thought.

02/16/2010

NASA's Fermi Closes on Source of Cosmic Rays

New images from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope show where supernova remnants emit radiation a billion times more energetic than visible light. 

02/11/2010

Retrograde Spin of Supermassive Black Holes May Create Jets that Control Galaxy Evolution

Little is know about one of a black hole's fundamental properties, spin. But spin may be crucial to understanding the dynamics of a black hole's host galaxy.

01/12/2010

Researchers Predict Satellite Could Locate Hundreds of Earth-sized Planets

Researchers say proposed satellite could represent astronomy’s ‘next big leap’ — one that may help find signs of life elsewhere in the universe.

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