Astrophysics News


Ushering in the Next Phase of Exoplanet Discovery

Prof. Sara Seager previews a new era of discovery as a leader of the TESS mission, which is expected to find some 20,000 extrasolar planets.​


Construction Begins on One of the World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Experiments

The SuperCDMS SNOLAB project, a multi-institutional effort led by SLAC, is expanding the hunt for dark matter.


FAST's First Discovery of a Millisecond Pulsar

China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), still under commissioning, reached another milestone.


Study Finds Way to Use Quantum Entanglement to Study Black Holes

A team of researchers has found a relationship between quantum physics and thermodynamics.​


TESS Readies for Takeoff

Satellite developed by MIT aims to discover thousands of nearby exoplanets, including at least 50 Earth-sized ones.​


Dense Stellar Clusters May Foster Black Hole Megamergers

Black holes in these environments could combine repeatedly to form objects bigger than anything a single star could produce.​


Brewing Up Earth’s Earliest Life

Large concentrations of sulfites and bisulfites in shallow lakes may have set the stage for Earth’s first biological molecules.​


Farthest Star Ever Seen in the Universe Detected

Observation made possible because the star's brightness had been magnified by the gravity of a larger object in front of it.


Scientists Detect Radio Echoes of a Black Hole Feeding on a Star

Signals suggest black hole emits a jet of energy proportional to the stellar material it gobbles up.​


Introducing "Hoptunes", a New Class of Exoplanets that Could Help Solve the Mystery of Worlds in Scorching Orbits

The processes that bring about "Hoptunes" likely extend to the rise of hot, Jupiter-like gas giants, too, pointing to a shared origin.