Astrophysics News


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.


Detonating White Dwarfs as Supernovae

Model describes how dead stars called white dwarfs could detonate.


Construction of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves Forward

Latest approval step paves the way for underground experiment’s startup in 2020.


Black Hole Hidden Within Its Own Exhaust

A black hole at the center of a galaxy named NGC 1068 is actually the source of its own dusty torus of dust and gas.


HERA, the ‘Cosmic Dawn’ Telescope, Receives Major NSF Support

A $9.5-million grant will expand HERA, a multinational experiment to study how primordial galaxies forever changed the very early universe.