Astrophysics News


Revealing the Orbital Shape Distributions of Exoplanets with China’s LAMOST Telescope

An analysis of approximately 700 exoplanets demonstrates that circular orbits are the norm rather than the exception.


A New Light on Stellar Death

An international group of astronomers illuminates the role rapidly spinning black holes play in tidal disruption events.


LIGO Back Online, Ready For More Discoveries

Upgrades make detectors more sensitive to gravitational waves.


Stellar Simulators

Astrophysicists at KITP will use a supercomputer to explore the driving forces behind mass loss in massive stars.


Record-Breaking Faint Satellite Galaxy of the Milky Way Discovered

An international team led by researchers from Tohoku University has found an extremely faint dwarf satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.


Pluto’s Icy, Slushy Heart

Data from New Horizons mission suggest a water-ice ocean lies beneath Pluto’s heart-shaped basin.


Cosmic Connection

KITP’s Greg Huber worked with nuclear physicists to confirm a structural similarity found in both human cells and neutron stars.


Retracing the Origins of a Massive, Multi-Ring Crater

Scientists reconstruct first hours after a giant impact created one of the largest craters on the moon.


ESO’s VLT Detects Unexpected Giant Glowing Halos around Distant Quasars

The halos are far more common than expected and consist of relatively cold intergalactic gas.


Australian Desert Telescope Views Sky in Radio Technicolour

‘GLEAM’ survey has produced a catalogue of 300,000 galaxies.