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Astrophysics Spotlights

Apr 18, 2018

The just-launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) could soon provide the breakthrough identification of dozens of potentially habitable exoplanets right in our cosmic backyard. Two TESS scientists—Greg Berthiaume and Diana Dragomir—provide an inside look at the mission's development and revolutionary science. ​

Feb 16, 2018

A newfound star in a nearby galaxy appears to have cheated death by exploding at least twice as a supernova. It could be a throwback to the first stars that ever formed in the cosmos. We spoke to three astrophysicists—Iair Arcavi, Emily Levesque and Lars Bildsten—about this "living dead' star.

Cero Tololo Inter-American Observatory
Oct 26, 2017

The prevailing view of the universe has just passed a rigorous new test, but the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy remain frustratingly unsolved. Three astrophysicists—Scott Dodelson, Risa Wechsler and George Efstathiou—discuss the implications. 

Astrophysicist Amy Bender at the South Pole Telescope
Aug 25, 2017

From oxygen-thin mountain tops to barren deserts to the South Pole, many of the world’s most powerful telescopes are in distant, inhospitable environments. Three researchers—Amy Bender, Naoyuki Tamura and John Richer—share their adventures pursuing science at the farthest corners of the world.