Astrophysics News


The Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge Funds Innovative, Cross-Cutting Research

Three interdisciplinary teams of researchers will develop novel tools and methods in the field of microbiome research.


Origin of Milky Way’s Hypothetical Dark Matter Signal May Not Be So Dark

Galaxy’s Excessive Gamma-Ray Glow Likely Comes from Pulsars, the Remains of Collapsed Ancient Stars.


Virtual Earth-Sized Telescope Aims to Capture First Image of a Black Hole

UChicago-led South Pole Telescope part of international effort to study event horizon.


New Discoveries Fill the Gap of Quasar Color Selection

Discovery nearly doubles the number of high redshift quasars, a tool for studying cosmic evolution. 


Another Potentially Habitable Extrasolar Planet Discovered

Some 40 light-years away, "super-Earth" identified as new target for atmospheric study.


VLA, ALMA Team Up to Give First Look at Birthplaces of Most Current Stars

Astronomers have gotten their first look at exactly where most of today’s stars were born.


Mysterious Cosmic Explosion Puzzles Astronomers

A flash of X-rays captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is unlike any scientists have seen before.


Stars Born in Winds from Supermassive Black Holes

ESO’s Very Large Telescope spots brand-new type of star formation


Andromeda's Bright X-Ray Mystery Solved by NuSTAR

Mission has pinpointed an object responsible for the galaxy's high-energy radiation.


Scientists Identify a Black Hole Choking on Stardust

Data suggest black holes swallow stellar debris in bursts.