Astrophysics News


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.


Stanford Experts on LIGO’s Binary Neutron Star Milestone

The Advanced LIGO gravitational wave detectors have announced their first observation of a binary neutron star coalescence.​


LIGO Announces Detection of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Neutron Stars

UChicago physicists calculate expansion rate of universe using breakthrough research.


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. ​​