Astrophysics News

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.

01/07/2010

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.

12/09/2009

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

11/18/2009

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.

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