Astrophysics News


Citizen Scientists Discover Five Tightly Packed Exoplanets

The planetary system’s dense configuration gives clues to its formation.​


Dark Energy Survey Publicly Releases First Three Years of Data

Also announces  discovery  of eleven stellar streams, evidence of small galaxies being eaten by the Milky Way.


Earliest Galaxies in the Universe’s History Spun Like the Milky Way

With a telescope, scientists have for the first time identified normal star-forming galaxies at a very early stage in cosmic history.


Using GAIA to Detect Low Frequency Gravitational Waves

Cambridge astronomers have made the first investigation of the sensitivity of the GAIA satellite to ultra-low frequency gravitational waves.​


A New Window on the Universe

KITP hosts a rapid-response program to explore myriad new astrophysical insights from a double neutron star merger


Scientists Observe Supermassive Black Hole in Infant Universe

Findings present a puzzle as to how such a huge object could have grown so quickly.


18-Month Twinkle in a Forming Star Suggests the Existence of a Very Young Planet

Discovery made possible by a leap in submillimetre radio astronomy technology, comparable to viewing videos instead of photos.


Inauguration of Next-generation Neutrino Science Organization for the Hyper-Kamiokande Nucleon Decay and Neutrino Experiment

Japan launches an organization to develop the world's biggest neutrino particle detector.​


A Star That Would Not Die

UCSB astrophysicists and LCO astronomers study a supernova that challenges known theories of how certain stars end their lives.​


Scientists Detect Comets Outside Our Solar System

Team  of professional and citizen scientists identifies tails of comets streaking past a distant star.