Astrophysics News

05/15/2009

QUIET Team to Deploy New Gravity-wave Probe in June

Researchers at the University of Chicago have devised a test to detect remnants of the radiation emitted at the earliest moments of the universe.

05/05/2009

Gamma-ray Bursts May Last Longer than Previously Thought

Gamma-ray bursts are thought to last mere seconds or a few short minutes. But new data shows at least some of them have much more staying power.

04/14/2009

Kavli Laureate Establishes Astronomy Fund

Kavli laureate Maarten Schmidt gave half of his $500,000 prize money to Caltech, establishing an endowed fund for innovative projects in astronomy.

03/23/2009

Cosmologists Aim to Observe First Moments of Universe

South Pole Telescope team to search for gravity waves

02/20/2009

Astronomers Gravitate Toward Einstein’s Telescope

Scientists are harnessing the cosmos as a scientific “instrument” in their quest to determine the makeup of the universe.

01/08/2009

MIT Provides In-depth Look at Exploded Star

An MIT researcher and her colleagues have produced the first fully three-dimensional reconstruction of the remains of a star that exploded.

01/07/2009

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Discovers Slew of New Pulsars

Four months into its mission, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered 12 never-before-seen pulsars and observed gamma-ray pulses from 18 others.

12/16/2008

Study of galaxy clusters detects growth-stifling dark energy

A study of galaxy clusters independently confirms that the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace.

12/10/2008

Dimmest Star-Like Objects Discovered

The two faintest star-like objects ever found have been spotted by a team led by MIT physicist Adam Burgasser.

12/09/2008

Lights, Camera, Render: Visualizing the Universe

Within a red plume of hydrogen gas a brilliant white spot forms. The spot expands and quickly explodes into an orange and red cloud. 

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