Astrophysics News


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.


Rare First Moment of Stellar Explosion Captured by Amateur Astronomer

Observation has helped an international team of researchers validate theoretical predictions about the such stellar explosions.


45-Year-Old Telescope Gets a Makeover to Demystify Dark Energy

Installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument begins at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.​


Modeling the Universe

MIT's Mark Vogelsberger and an international astrophysics team have created a new model pointing to black holes’ role in galaxy formation.​


High-resolution X-ray Gratings Enable State-of-the-Art Spectrometer

Tech will enable future x-ray missions to detect high-energy astrophysical sources such as black hole winds and hot gas in the cosmic web.​