Astrophysical Journal

Retrieving an asteroid

(Phys.org) —Asteroids (or comets) whose orbits bring them close to the earth's orbit are called near Earth objects. Some of them are old, dating from the origins of the solar system about four and one-half ...

Dec 27, 2013
4.9 / 5 (32) 60 | with audio podcast

Study explains decades of black hole observations

(Phys.org) —A new study by astronomers at NASA, Johns Hopkins University and Rochester Institute of Technology confirms long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy ...

Jun 14, 2013
4.9 / 5 (30) 20 | with audio podcast

Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies

(Phys.org) —NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened ...

Oct 30, 2014
4.6 / 5 (32) 0

Magnetar formation mystery solved?

Magnetars are the super-dense remnants of supernova explosions. They are the strongest magnets known in the Universe—millions of times more powerful than the strongest magnets on Earth. A team of astronomers ...

May 14, 2014
4.6 / 5 (29) 6

New tool for galactic archaeology

(Phys.org) —Reconstructing the history of our Galaxy has just become a whole lot easier, thanks to a team of international astronomers led by Dr Luca Casagrande from the Research School of Astronomy and ...

Apr 07, 2014
5 / 5 (26) 0

Kepler team validates 41 new exoplanets with Keck I

(Phys.org) —The Kepler team today reports on four years of observations from the W. M. Keck Observatory targeting Kepler's exoplanet systems, announcing results this week at the American Astronomical Society ...

Jan 10, 2014
4.9 / 5 (26) 8 | with audio podcast

Would Earth look like a habitable planet from afar?

Even when a distant world has the trademarks of habitability—it's Earth-sized, it's in the zone around its star where liquid water is possible—finding signs of life is tricky. The telescope technology ...

Jun 30, 2014
4.3 / 5 (28) 9