Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Mysterious red galaxies

(PhysOrg.com) -- Perhaps the most astonishing and revolutionary discovery in cosmology was Edwin Hubble's observation that galaxies are moving away from us with velocities that are proportional to their distances. ...

Dec 12, 2011 4.8 / 5 (12) 36 | with audio podcast

Hot cores in dark clouds

(PhysOrg.com) -- The earliest stages in the life of a star are among the most mysterious. This is primarily because stars form inside dark clouds of material that block optical light, and because they form ...

Dec 06, 2011 4 / 5 (2) 1 | with audio podcast

A black hole unmasked

Black holes are among the most amazing and bizarre predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity. A black hole is thought to be point-like in dimension, but it is surrounded by an imaginary surface, or "edge," ...

Nov 29, 2011 4.7 / 5 (19) 26 | with audio podcast

A serendipitous gravitational lens

(PhysOrg.com) -- The path traveled by a light beam will bend in the presence of matter. This remarkable prediction, reached by Einstein in his theory of general relativity, was confirmed by observations of ...

Nov 21, 2011 4.3 / 5 (6) 3 | with audio podcast

Water and ammonia factories

(PhysOrg.com) -- Complex molecules, including many organic species, exist in a wide range of environments in the cosmos, and are especially abundant in giant molecular clouds of gas and dust where new stars ...

Nov 08, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 0 | with audio podcast

The high energy crab

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Crab Nebula is the remnant of a supernova. Its precursor star exploded in 1054 AD in an event that was recorded by Chinese and (quite probably) Anasazi Indian astronomers. It is called ...

Oct 31, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 8 | with audio podcast

Dark matter mystery deepens

(PhysOrg.com) -- Like all galaxies, our Milky Way is home to a strange substance called dark matter. Dark matter is invisible, betraying its presence only through its gravitational pull. Without dark matter ...

Oct 17, 2011 4.7 / 5 (22) 30 | with audio podcast

Stellar winds

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Sun, glowing with a surface temperature of about 5500 degrees Celsius, warms the Earth with its salutary light. Meanwhile the Sun's hot outer layer (the corona), with its temperature of ...

Oct 10, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 7 | with audio podcast