Astrophysics News


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.


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.


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.


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


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.