Astrophysics News


LIGO and Virgo Make First Detection of Gravitational Waves Produced By Colliding Neutron Stars

Discovery marks first cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light.


Violent Helium Reaction on White Dwarf Surface Triggers Supernova Explosion

The research team identified a Type Ia supernova that had exploded only within a day before their observation. ​​


2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish, Kip Thorne

Nobel Prize shared by 2017 Kavli Prize Winners in Astrophysics, Rainer  Weiss  and Kip Thorne.


Observatory Detects Extragalactic Cosmic Rays Hitting the Earth

Finding is an important step to understanding origin of mysterious particles .


Supersonic Gas Streams Left Over from the Big Bang Drive Massive Black Hole Formation

Research sheds light on the physical mechanisms that form black holes and drive their growth. ​​


LIGO and Virgo Observatories Jointly Detect Black Hole Collision

Discovery launches new era of gravitational wave science​


Is the Milky Way an ‘Outlier’ Galaxy? Studying its ‘Siblings’ for Clues

Early results from the SAGA Survey indicate that the Milky Way’s satellites are much more tranquil than other systems​​


Ultraviolet Light from Superluminous Supernova Key to Revealing Explosion Mechanism

An international team of researchers has uncovered characteristics about superluminous supernovae previously impossible to determine.


Artificial Intelligence Analyzes Gravitational Lenses 10 Million Times Faster

SLAC, Stanford researchers show that brain-mimicking ‘neural networks’ can revolutionize the way astrophysicists analyze complex data.


Eclipse Reflects Sun’s Historic Power

Scholars discuss phenomenon's significance in science, culture, religion​