Research shows collision created Chelyabinsk asteroid
WISE findings poke hole in black hole 'doughnut' theory
(Phys.org) —A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances ...
Pitch black: Cosmic clumps cast the darkest shadows
(Phys.org) —Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. Infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of these blackest-of-black ...
Confirmed: Stellar behemoth self-destructs in a Type IIb supernova
Our Sun may seem pretty impressive: 330,000 times as massive as Earth, it accounts for 99.86 percent of the Solar System's total mass; it generates about 400 trillion trillion watts of power per second; and ...
Bacteria species part of Curiosity baggage on Mars
The Universe broke its rising 'fever' about 11 billion years ago (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —An international team, led by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, has found evidence that the Universe broke its rising 'fever' about 11 billion years ago.
Astronomers identify signature of Earth-eating stars
(Phys.org) —Some Sun-like stars are 'Earth-eaters.' During their development they ingest large amounts of the rocky material from which 'terrestrial' planets like Earth, Mars and Venus are made.
Venus Express gets ready to take the plunge
(Phys.org) —After eight years in orbit, ESA's Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for a daring plunge into the planet's hostile atmosphere.
Blogger claims BICEP2 team acknowledging possible error in discovery of evidence of gravitational waves
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 ...
Gemini Planet Imager captures best photo ever of an exoplanet
A turbulent birth for stars in merging galaxies
(Phys.org) —Using state of the art computer simulations, a team of French astrophysicists have for the first time explained a long standing mystery: why surges of star formation (so called 'starbursts') ...
Globular clusters rotate at heart
(Phys.org) —Astronomers from the University of Texas at Austin and Germany's Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) recently found a surprise when studying some of the oldest star clusters ...
Astronomers find Sun's 'long-lost brother,' pave way for family reunion
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers led by astronomer Ivan Ramirez of The University of Texas at Austin has identified the first "sibling" of the sun—a star almost certainly born from the same cloud of ...