Tag: Astrophysics

Neil deGrasse Tyson Disproves The Flat Earth Theory

In a new video, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson proves the Earth is really spherical in shape and not flat. He cites several proofs ranging from an ancient Greek experiment to modern cosmological studies.

Space March 11, 2018

University Of Chicago's Yerkes Observatory To Close This October After 120 Years Of Service

The University of Chicago announced that the Yerkes Observatory will be shut down in October 2018. The 120-year-long association led to the birth of the modern astrophysics.

Space March 10, 2018

Astronomers Unveil Most Accurate Map Of Dark Matter In The Universe

The Dark Energy Survey collaboration releases the largest and most accurate measure of dark matter. Astrophysicists now have a better understanding of how the universe ages.

Space August 4, 2017

Gravitational Waves From Black Holes Detected For The Third Time

Albert Einstein’s theory endures. LIGO confirms a third detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two massive black holes 3 billion light-years away from Earth.

Space June 2, 2017

New Dark Matter Map Offers Insight Into Cold Particles

Astronomers successfully mapped out the distribution of dark matter in three galaxy clusters, thanks to data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. These dark matter maps offered scientists insight into the existence of cold dark matter particles.

Space March 2, 2017

Black Hole Feeding Frenzy: Length Of Mealtime Breaks Records, Scientists Say

A massive black hole billions of light years away from Earth has gone on a feeding frenzy that has resulted in a record-breaking mealtime, a new study reveals. How could that have happened?

Space February 7, 2017

Stephen Hawking Turns 75: Facts And Trivia On The Genius Physicist

As renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking celebrates his 75th birthday, we look back at his astounding battle with ALS and his genius life in the sciences.

Space January 9, 2017

Variable, Not Constant: Speed Of Light Theory Challenging Einstein’s Physics Can Now Be Tested

Physics laws follow the idea that speed of light is constant but two researchers think differently. Now, these researchers have come up with a way to numerically predict that speed of light is variable, allowing their theory to be tested.

Space November 27, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Detects 'Cannonballs' Ejected Near Dying Star

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of plasma being ejected nearby a dying star. The problem is that scientists have yet to determine where these cannonballs are coming from.

Space October 6, 2016

Dragonfly 44 Galaxy Is Made Up Of 99.99 Percent Dark Matter: How This Discovery Changes Everything

Known as the Milky Way's 'dark twin,' the Dragonfly 44 galaxy is special because it contains 99.99 percent dark matter. The galaxy is also changing what scientists thought they understood about this substance and the formation of galaxies.

Space August 28, 2016

Stellar Desert In The Milky Way's Center Could Be Devoid Of Young Stars

In the center of the Milky Way galaxy lies a stellar desert completely devoid of new or young stars, a new study revealed. Researchers say this finding could help change our understanding of our galaxy.

Space August 2, 2016

Supernova To Blame? Nearby Explosion Might Have Caused Mass Extinction On Earth

Could a supernova explosion that occurred hundreds of light-years away cause mass extinctions on Earth? A new study provides details on such an event that happened millions of years ago.

Space July 13, 2016

Seasons Last Longer: Newly Discovered Exoplanet Experiences Triple Sunsets, Sunrises

Imagine being able to watch three suns rise and set every day, or even watch as one sun sets and another rises in exactly the same moment. Such are the conditions in an exoplanet detected by University of Arizona scientists.

Space July 8, 2016

Ultra Deep Survey Infrared Images Offer Distant View Of 250,000 Galaxies

Spectacular new infrared images from the Ultra Deep Survey revealed a deep glimpse of the distant universe. What can astronomers learn from these infrared images?

Space July 4, 2016

Stephen Hawking Plans To Map Universe: Supercomputer Will Plot Position Of Galaxies

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is planning to map the known universe in 3D through the help of a supercomputer in Cambridge. The map will also help reveal the true nature of dark energy.

Space June 28, 2016

Alien Megastructure Around KIC 8462852: Flawed Data Makes This Discovery Unlikely

Mysterious objects orbiting KIC 8462852 or Tabby's Star made the headlines in October 2015 because they could be 'an advanced alien megastructure.' Now, a report suggests that this is very unlikely. How so?

Space May 11, 2016

New Formula Helps Predict When Neutron Star Collapses To A Black Hole

Scientists in Germany have developed a new method to predict when a neutron star makes its final transformation and collapses to a black hole. Their new formula is crucial to understanding neutron stars.

Space April 11, 2016

Galaxy NGC 1600 Hosts Gigantic Black Hole 17 Billion Times More Massive Than The Sun

Astronomers were surprised to detect a supermassive black hole 17 billion times the mass of the sun in an average-sized galaxy group called Galaxy NGC 1600. The discovery has prompted scientists to rethink existing models.

Space April 7, 2016

Super-Massive Black Hole At The Heart Of Milky Way Shotguns Powerful Cosmic Rays At Earth

For the first time ever, scientists at the H.E.S.S. observatory have identified the source of the high-energy cosmic rays that constantly bombard our planet. The source is actually a super-massive black hole at the center of Milky Way.

Space March 18, 2016

Simulation Of Universe Expansion Could Shed Light On Dark Energy

The universe constantly expands and changes, allowing the formation of cosmological structures. Scientists in Sweden developed new codes that would let us glimpse into these formations and shed light on the mysteries of dark energy.

Space March 8, 2016

Here's How Gravitational Waves Discovery Can Help Science And Humanity

About a century after Albert Einstein proposed the presence of gravitational waves, LIGO scientists detected a ripple in the fabric of space-time, sending shockwaves all over the world. But how can this discovery help science and humanity?

Space March 2, 2016

Fast Radio Bursts From Six Billion Light Years Away Solves Pair Of Cosmic Mysteries

For the first time ever, astronomers have measured the distance to a fast radio burst (FRB). How did this answer a pair of mysteries about the universe around us?

Space February 24, 2016

Gravitational Waves Turned To Music: This Is How Awesome It Sounds

A British composer has transformed "chirps" from gravitational waves into a stellar piece of music. Listen to the awesome spacedub here.

Space February 18, 2016

Einstein Was Right: Gravitational Waves Finally Detected 100 Years After Existence Was Proposed

Gravitational waves were first proposed a century ago, but they have never been seen - until now. However, it was not from a lack of trying, as this history of the search for gravitational waves goes to show.

Space February 12, 2016

Cool Flying Saucer Forms New Planets, Baffling Scientists

Particles inside a protoplanetary disk are found to be much cooler than astronomers predicted. What could this mean for the study of planet formation?

Space February 4, 2016

Red Giant Betelgeuse Overthrows All Scientific Theories As Dying Star Remains Cool

Massive star Betelguese, which is nearing its end of life, is expected to eject much of its mass out into space. But where is the red giant from the Orion constellation getting the energy to do that when it is much cooler than it is supposed to be?

Space January 28, 2016

Late 19th Century Data Rule Out Comets Theory On Dimming Star System With Alien Megastructure

The star system KIC 8462852 has exuded peculiar light patterns, leaving scientists to hypothesize that the cause might be an alien megastructure or a swarm of comets. Now, however, an astrophysicist in Louisiana has completely debunked both concepts.

Space January 17, 2016

Second Most Massive Black Hole In Milky Way May Shed Light On Black Hole Evolution

A team of scientists in Japan may have detected the second most massive black hole within the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery may help scientists unravel the mystery behind the evolution of black holes.

Space January 17, 2016

Do Extraterrestrials Exist? Alien Life Could Thrive In Globular Star Clusters

The search for alien life has found a potential juncture at the globular star clusters found within the Milky Way galaxy. Astrophysicists believe that these old and densely-packed group of stars have the potential to be the cradle of advanced alien civilizations.

Space January 7, 2016

How Big Can A Black Hole Grow? How About 50 Billion Suns' Worth!

A study sets the upper limit to the size of massive black holes in the center of galaxies. The limit is reached when the disk of gas around the black hole runs out of food.

Space December 22, 2015

Supercomputer Yields Beautiful Peek Inside A Spinning Star (Video)

Researchers created a visual model of the turbulent swirling within a hot, young and spinning star. The model can help us understand the relationship between stars' ages, spins and their magnetic fields, they say.

Space December 10, 2015

Exoplanet HD 106906b May Have Been Kicked Out To Edge Of Its Solar System

Exoplanet HD 106906b may have been exiled to the edge of its own solar system, a new study revealed. Scientists said the process may be similar to what occurred to our own solar system when it was about 13 million years old.

Space December 2, 2015

CERN Replicates First Moments Of Universe In Upgraded Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at CERN were able to recreate the first few moments after the Big Bang by smashing together lead ions. For three weeks, they will be working at the Large Hadron Collider to study the oldest form of matter in the Universe—the quark-gluon plasma.

Energy November 27, 2015

Scientists Discover 5400 mph Winds Battering Far Away Planet

Strong gusts of wind at 5400 miles per hour are battering in the atmosphere of exoplanet HD 189733b, a new study revealed. The discovery is the first ever weather map of a planet outside the solar system.

Space November 14, 2015

Tarantula Nebula Smooching Stars Could Either Merge Or Go Supernova After Final Kiss

A star system called VFTS 352 which includes two hot and young stars that seem to be kissing is facing two possible endings, both devastating in nature. The VFTS 352 is located in the Tarantula Nebula, as indicated in the photo (center).

Space October 23, 2015

Two Closely Orbiting Stars Heading For A 'Kiss Of Death'

Two stars in a binary system are so close, they're sharing material as they spin about each other, scientists say. The end result is likely to be a cosmic cataclysm, they say.

Space October 21, 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson Claims Bengals' Game-Winning Field Goal Was Helped By The Earth's Rotation

The famed astrophysicist says Mike Nugent's 42-yard field goal banged off the left upright and through the post because of the Earth's rotation.

Geek October 12, 2015

Distant Black Hole Is Bigger Than Theories Say Is Possible. Back To The Drawing Board?

A black hole sitting in the middle of a distant galaxy is 30 times as large as our best theories on their formation suggest they can be, researchers say. The size of the black hole compared to the size of the galaxy is a mismatch and a puzzle, they say.

Space September 28, 2015

Astrophysicists Bring Upgraded Detector Online To Search For Ripples In Space-Time

An updated sensitive instrument will look for gravitational waves predicted by Einstein. The search will look 225 million light years into the distant universe.

Space September 24, 2015

Scientists Use Supercomputer To Probe Mystery Of The Universe's Brightest Galaxies

The brightest galaxies ever to exist in the universe were prodigious star creators, astronomers find. No galaxy today would compare with their brightness, they say.

Space September 24, 2015

Distant Galaxy Spitting Out Stars At An Incredible Rate Astounds Astronomers

A galaxy at the core of a distant galactic cluster is cannibalizing gas from other neighbors to create a star-making frenzy. This behavior is unusual for such central galaxies.

Space September 15, 2015

Farthest Galaxy Ever Detected Dates To The Earliest Days Of The Universe

Astrophysicists observe a distant galaxy as it looked 13.2 billion years ago. The discovery lets them peer into a time just 600 million years after the Big Bang, they say.

Space August 11, 2015

Brightest Galaxy Ever Seen May Be Evidence Of Universe's First Stars

Signs of the first stars to form after the Big Bang birth of the universe may have been observed in a distant galaxy, astronomers say. We are seeing this galaxy as it existed just 800 million years after the Big Bang, they explain.

Space June 17, 2015

Laser Experiment Yields Antimatter, May Help Scientists Understand Black Holes

Creating antimatter particles known as positrons in a lab setting could open the door to understanding extreme astrophysical occurrences such as gamma-ray bursts, scientists say. The secrets of collapsing stars and black holes could be revealed, they say.

Space May 27, 2015

Cosmic 'Murder Mystery' Of How Galaxies Die Is Solved: It's Strangulation

'Dead' galaxies no longer able to form new stars are victims of strangulation, researchers suggest, starved of the raw material - hydrogen gas - needed to make stars. However, the culprit behind the disappearance of that gas remains unidentified, they say.

Space May 13, 2015

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