Nearest supernova in 27 years explodes in M82 galaxy
Exocomets may be as common as exoplanets
(Phys.org)—Comets trailing wispy tails across the night sky are a beautiful byproduct of our solar system's formation, icy leftovers from 4.6 billion years ago when the planets coalesced from rocky rubble.
Researchers reveal unseen planet by its gravity
More than a 150 years ago, before Neptune was ever sighted in the night sky, French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier predicted the planet's existence based on small deviations in the motion of Uranus. In a ...
Calculating what's in the universe from the biggest color 3-D map
Since 2000, the three Sloan Digital Sky Surveys (SDSS I, II, III) have surveyed well over a quarter of the night sky and produced the biggest color map of the universe in three dimensions ever. Now scientists ...
Scientists invent long-lasting, near infrared-emitting material
Materials that emit visible light after being exposed to sunlight are commonplace and can be found in everything from emergency signage to glow-in-the-dark stickers. But until now, scientists have had little ...
'Cambridge Nights': a late night show for scientists
New generation of superlattice cameras add more 'color' to night vision
Recent breakthroughs have enabled scientists from the Northwestern University's Center for Quantum Devices to build cameras that can see more than one optical waveband or "color" in the dark. The semiconducting material used ...
Too much light at night may lead to obesity, study finds
Persistent exposure to light at night may lead to weight gain, even without changing physical activity or eating more food, according to new research in mice.
Researcher: Cell phones could double as night vision devices
(PhysOrg.com) -- Call it Nitelite: The newest app for cell phones might be night vision.
How to See the Best Meteor Showers of 2010: Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates'
(PhysOrg.com) -- There are seven major meteor showers remaining in 2010 (the Quadrantids occurred in early January 2010), with some more active than others. For example, April's Lyrids are expected to produce ...
Dark Matter in a Galaxy
(PhysOrg.com) -- Stars, the most familiar objects in the night sky, make up only a tiny percentage of the total amount of matter in the universe -- about 2%.
Astronomers unveil an amazing, interactive, 360-degree panoramic view of the entire night sky
(PhysOrg.com) -- The first of three images of ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project — a new magnificent 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESO's observing sites in Chile — has just been ...
No strain for Andromeda: Galaxy is cosmic cannibal (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- A huge galaxy neighbouring our own Milky Way appears to have expanded by "digesting" smaller galaxies nearby, a new study has shown.
Desire to reproduce drives active nightlife of birds
For a non-nocturnal bird, the yellow-breasted chat spends a significant amount of time visiting other birds' territories during the night. A University of Illinois researcher who was studying birds' movement ...