Astrophysicist suggests planetary misalignment due to multiple star impact
Apple still perched high, but seems vulnerable
Apple, the world's biggest and perhaps most admired company, seems to have lost some of its luster.
Hypergiant star turns out to be 'missing link' after 30 years
(Phys.org)—A team of scientists from six European countries reported today they have finalized a thirty years long investigation of a hypergiant star that crossed the Yellow Evolutionary Void. In that period ...
International study suggests a massive black hole exists in the Sword of Orion
(Phys.org)—An international team of astrophysicists, including UQ's Dr Holger Baumgardt, has shed light on the long-standing mystery of the binding force behind a cluster of unruly and rapidly swirling ...
Using artificial intelligence to chart the universe
(Phys.org)—Astronomers in Germany have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm to help them chart and explain the structure and dynamics of the universe around us with unprecedented accuracy. The ...
Improved simulation methods help scientists bolster theories of Moon's formation
(Phys.org)—There are still unanswered questions regarding how the Moon was formed. Improved simulation methods and higher-performance supercomputers have now paved the way for an alternative development ...
A family portrait of galaxies
(Phys.org)—Two very different galaxies feature in this family portrait taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, together forming a peculiar galaxy pair called Arp 116. The image shows the dramatic ...
41 new transiting planets in Kepler field of view
(Phys.org)—Two newly submitted studies verify 41 new transiting planets in 20 star systems. These results may increase the number of Kepler's confirmed planets by more than 50 percent: to 116 planets hosted ...
World's most sensitive dark matter detector set up
The world's most sensitive dark matter detector settled into a new home Friday in an old U.S. gold mine.
Cosmology group finds measurable evidence of dark matter filament
Scientists watch black hole feast on unlucky star
Scientists have witnessed the rare spectacle of a supermassive black hole devouring a star that had ventured too close -- an event that occurs about once in 10,000 years, they reported on Wednesday.
Mystery deepens around dark core in cosmic collision
Five years ago, San Francisco State researcher Andisheh Mahdavi and his colleagues observed an unexpected dark core at the center of Abell 520, a cosmic "train wreck" of galaxy clusters. With new space-based telescope observations, ...
Tidal forces could squeeze out planetary water
Alien planets might experience tidal forces powerful enough to remove all their water, leaving behind hot, dry worlds like Venus, researchers said.
World timekeepers split on scrapping leap second
Timekeepers meeting in Geneva failed to agree Thursday on a proposal to abolish a 40-year-old practice of adding the occasional second to world time.