Astrophysics News


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. 


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.


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.


Fermi Telescope Closes in on Mystery of Cosmic Ray Acceleration

High-energy cosmic rays appear to be coming from supernova remnants, the dying remains of exploded stars.


Magnetic Power Revealed in Gamma-Ray Burst Jet
A specialized camera on a telescope operated by U.K. astronomers from Liverpool has made the first measurement of magnetic fields in the afterglow of a gamma-ray burst


Royal Opening For Cosmology Research Building

The Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, opened the new building housing the Kavli Institute for Cosmology.


New Type of Supernova Explosion Reported; Predicted by Theoretical Physicists at UCSB

A new class of supernova was discovered by scientists at Berkeley and may be the first example of a new type of exploding star. 


High-Precision Measurements Confirm Cosmologists’ Standard View of Universe

A detailed picture of the seeds of structures in the universe has been unveiled by an international team co-led by Sarah Church of KIPAC.


First Black Holes Born Starving

The first black holes in the universe had dramatic effects on their surroundings despite the fact that they were small and grew very slowly, according to recent supercomputer simulations carried out by astrophysicists wth the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.


Simulations Illuminate Universe's First Twin Stars
By creating robust simulations of the early universe, astrophysicists now have the most detailed understanding of how the first stars formed.