Astrophysics News


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.


Curious Tilt of the Sun Traced to Undiscovered Planet

"Planet Nine” may be the reason that the solar system’s planets orbit at a six-degree angle with respect to the Sun.


NASA’s TESS Mission Will Provide Exciting Exoplanet Targets for Years to Come

NASA’s upcoming Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will look at the brightest stars in our solar neighborhood.


XJ1417+52: X-ray Telescopes Find Evidence for Wandering Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered an extremely luminous, variable X-ray source located outside the center of its parent galaxy.