Astrophysics News


2010 Kavli Prize Laureates Honored in Oslo

The 2010 Kavli Prize laureates were presented their awards by His Majesty King Harald of Norway during a ceremony at the Oslo Concert Hall.


Astro2010: Limitless Vistas on a Limited Budget

What can scientists hope to learn in the coming decade about the most basic questions about the cosmos and our place in it ?


Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Released

A two-year process, involving hundreds of scientists, ranks priorities in U.S. astronomy and astrophysics for the next decade.


Dark-Matter Search Plunges Physicists to New Depths

Physicist Juan Collar and team are deploying a 4-kilogram bubble chamber at SNOLab, Ontario, Canada to identify dark matter particles.


Dark Energy Measurement Sheds New Light on Universe's Expansion

Biologists have shown that the electrical activity in developing neurons can change the transmitters that neurons make and use to communicate.


Kavli Prize Science Forum 2010: "The Role of International Cooperation in Science"

Focusing this year on the role of international cooperation toward advancing science, the new biennial international forum will facilitate high-level, global discussion of major topics on science and science policy.


Astronomers Detect Strong Winds On An Exoplanet

Since the first exoplanet, discovered in 1995, more than 460 others have been found. While astronomers have been able to measure the size, orbital characteristics, and even the molecular make up of the atmospheres, many mysteries about their formation and evolution remain.


Massive Black Holes "Switched On" By Galaxy Collision

New research looks to explain how galaxies weighing in at about 300 million solar masses become "active."


Names of the 2010 Kavli Prize Winners Announced

Eight scientists whose discoveries have dramatically expanded human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience have been recognised with the award of the million-dollar Kavli Prizes.


Unique Eclipsing Binary Star System Discovered by UCSB Astrophysicists

UC Santa Barbara Astrophysicists are the first to identify two white dwarf stars in an eclipsing binary system, allowing for the first direct radius measurement of a rare white dwarf.