Astrophysics News


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.


Planet Found in Tilted Orbit Around Distant Star

Researchers has found a planet around another star whose orbit is steeply tilted from the plane of the star's equator.


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.


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.


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.


Cosmologists Aim to Observe First Moments of Universe

South Pole Telescope team to search for gravity waves


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.