Tag: Stars

New Study Can Help Scientists Narrow Down Their Search For Complex Alien Life

In a new study, researchers narrowed down the number of exoplanets that can potentially be home to complex alien life. They found that some stars do not have a habitable zone at all.

Space June 11, 2019

Scientists Solved Bizarre Mystery Of 'The Galaxy Without Dark Matter'

The NGC1052-DF2 ultra-diffuse galaxy was first discovered and presented as the ‘galaxy without dark matter’. Astronomers from Spain found new evidence disputing the previous estimates of the galaxy’s mass and distance.

Space June 6, 2019

Scientists Concerned Musk's Starlink Satellites Might Ruin View Of Night Sky

After photos and videos of the Starlink satellite constellations had been shared on social media, astronomers expressed concerns that the bright string of lights might interfere with scientific observations. SpaceX will send thousands of satellites into orbit.

Space June 4, 2019

NASA's Spitzer Takes Stunning 'Family Photo' Of Cepheus Stars

NASA recently published a mosaic showing the Cepheus B and Cepheus C regions in space. The image featured young and evolved stars, all born from a single cloud of gas and dust.

Space June 1, 2019

Scientists Find 18 New Earth-Like Exoplanets From Old Kepler Data Using New Search Algorithm

Scientists used a more sensitive algorithm to reanalyze the data collected by the now-retired Kepler Space Telescope. They found 18 additional exoplanets, one of which is in the habitable zone.

Space May 24, 2019

Very Early Galaxies Shone Much Brighter Than Previous Expectations Says Researchers

Observations by the Spitzer Space Telescope revealed that some of the first galaxies in the universe are much brighter than newer galaxies. Researchers believe that this might provide clues about the Epoch of Reionization during the early universe.

Space May 14, 2019

Rare ‘Collapsar’ Stars Gave Birth To Gold In The Universe

Most of the gold in the universe, as well as other heavy metals, are generated from collapsing stars. A new study takes a peek at the process.

Space May 10, 2019

First Stars In The Universe Were Short-Lived And Ejecting Giant Jets Of Matter

The first stars in the Universe exploded asymmetrically, spreading the seeds that would create new stars in neighboring galaxies. Astrophysicists from MIT presented observational evidence of aspherical supernovae from studying a nearby ancient star.

Space May 9, 2019

ESA's Gaia Spacecraft Accidentally Discovers 3 Asteroids While Gazing At Stars

While scanning the skies for stellar objects, the Gaia spacecraft made an entirely different discovery. Three asteroids popped up that used to be unknown to astronomers.

Space May 7, 2019

Astronomers Reveal Secrets Of Blue Supergiant Stars

Blue supergiant stars are elusive and rare, which makes them difficult to study. For the first time ever, astronomers have uncovered the secrets of blue supergiant stars thanks to highly advanced equipment.

Space May 7, 2019

Scientists Develop Software That Simulates Sound Of Stars

What do stars sound like? A team of scientists in Wisconsin have successfully developed a software that can simulate the sound of stars.

Space April 28, 2019

Young Stars Can Often Destroy Atmospheres Of Earth-Like Planets

Researchers found that exoplanets orbiting M-dwarf stars would lose their Earth-like atmosphere within less than 1 million years. The new findings suggest that Earth-like planets around M-dwarfs are less likely to harbor extraterrestrial life.

Space April 25, 2019

Stargazing During The Age Of T-Rex And Other Dinosaurs? This Is How It Would Have Looked Like

Chicago's Field Musuem has teamed up with the Adler Planetarium to create video projections of the Cretaceous starfield. Visitors can now have an idea of what the prehistoric sky might have looked like millions of years ago.

Ancient April 11, 2019

Astronomers Make First Direct Observation Of Planet Outside The Solar System

For the first time, astronomers were able to directly observe a planet outside the Milky Way. Experts used an innovative technique involving four telescopes to disentangle the blinding lights from the planet's parent star.

Space March 27, 2019

Tilted Orbit Of Exiled Planet Around Binary Star Linked To Stellar Flyby 3 Million Years Ago

The exiled planet, HD 106906 b, circles the binary star HD 106906 in an orbit tipped about 21 degrees from the plane of the stellar disk. Astronomers sought what disrupted the young system using data from the Gaia space observatory.

Space March 1, 2019

Hubble Telescope Spots Smoking Gun Of Newborn Star

Hubble captures an image of the Herbig–Haro objects, the so-called smoking gun of a newborn star. These objects disappear into nothingness within a few tens of thousands of years.

Space February 23, 2019

Melina Thévenot, NASA Citizen Scientist Hunting For Planet Nine, Finds Ancient Dead Star With Warm Rings

Melina Thévenot, who is working with a NASA-funded project searching for brown dwarfs and Planet Nine, discovered J0207. The object is the coldest and oldest white dwarf ever detected and the first known white dwarf with multiple rings.

Space February 21, 2019

Scientists Find New Way Of Looking For Galactic Mergers

Scientists created a computer program that can effectively spot subtle signs of galactic merging. This could lead to the discovery of hundreds or even thousands of missing merging galaxies that scientists would otherwise miss.

Space January 10, 2019

Stars Like The Sun Become Giant Crystal Ball When They Die

The sun will collapse into a white dwarf when it dies. Data from ESA’s Gaia spacecraft show that white dwarfs eventually solidify into a crystal ball. How does this cosmic crystallization work?

Space January 9, 2019

Astronomers Can 'See' Invisible Dark Matter Through Faint Light In Galaxy Clusters

The intracluster light can help astronomers see the distribution of dark matter in a galaxy cluster. Here's how this faint light can illuminate the potential location of the mysterious substance.

Space December 22, 2018

Astronomers Discover A Young Star Forming Like A Planet

Instead of a planet forming in the rotating disc of gas and dust around the young massive star MM 1a, astronomers discovered another star. Here's why a star, and not a planet, was born.

Space December 17, 2018

Astronomers Find Ancient Galaxy Rich With Dark Matter

Astronomers proved that ancient galaxies have as much amount of dark matter as present-day galaxies. This refutes few recent studies suggesting that some galaxies have a little amount of dark matter during their birth.

Space December 13, 2018

Scientists Count How Many Photons The Universe Has Produced Since The Big Bang

Scientists used data from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope to indirectly measure photons that have been produced in the observable universe since its formation. They hope that the same method can be used to observe the Big Bang.

Space December 4, 2018

Wolf 503b: Astronomers Discover Exoplanet Twice The Size Of Earth Orbiting Orange Dwarf

Astronomers discovered a new exoplanet 145 light-years away from Earth in the Virgo constellation. Wolf 503b is a potential super-Earth and here are the other reasons why astronomers find this planet interesting.

Space September 7, 2018

Scientists Spot Star Devouring A Planet For The First Time

Astronomers observed a young star swallowing a planet or two into its rotating disk. The star belongs to the Taurus-Auriga constellation and is just 450 light-years away from Earth.

Space July 19, 2018

Earth's Neighboring Exoplanet Ross 128 B Has Perfect Conditions To Support Life: Study

By studying the host star of Ross 128 b, researchers determined the exoplanet is a rocky world with temperate. This means that it potentially has liquid water on the surface.

Space July 15, 2018

Hottest Planet Ever Found Is Boiling Off Its Own Atmosphere

Scientists found that the hottest exoplanet known to man is losing 100,000 tons of its atmosphere to its host star. In 200 years, the super hot Jupiter will likely be stripped down to its rocky core, the scientists said.

Space July 11, 2018

Milky Way Collision With Sausage Galaxy 10 Billion Years Ago Was The Defining Moment In Galaxy’s History

The Milky Way crashed into a dwarf galaxy with a peculiar orbit 10 billion years ago. Experts said this was the most important moment in history that shaped the Milky Way into what it is today.

Space July 6, 2018

Superstar Eta Carinae Is Shooting Cosmic Rays To Earth

Through data from NASA’s NuSTAR telescope, astronomers confirmed the superstar Eta Carinae has been shooting cosmic rays to Earth. Before this, the origin of some unique X-rays and gamma rays detected on Earth was a mystery to experts.

Space July 4, 2018

Rare Carbonaceous Dust Common In Milky Way Found 11 Billion Light-Years Away

Scientists found a distant galaxy that contains the same type of rare interstellar dust as the Milky Way. The galaxy was found after experts detected a gamma-ray burst emitted by an exploding star.

Space July 4, 2018

Astronomers Detect The Magnetic Field Left Over By A Supernova For The First Time

The remains of a supernova just 168,000 light-years from Earth just created a magnetic field shaped like a wheel. This is the first magnetic field from an exploding star recorded in human history.

Space July 2, 2018

Hubble Space Telescope Captures Image Of Massive Globular Cluster That Hosts 10-Billion-Year-Old Stars

Hubble's Wide-Field Camera 3 or the WFC3 instrument captured images of the massive globular cluster NGC 6139 that orbits the Milky Way galaxy. The star cluster hosts stars that formed as early as 10 billion years ago.

Space June 30, 2018

Scientists Discover That The Milky Way Is Smothered In Gross 'Space Grease'

Scientists discovered the existence of 'space grease' and the quantity of it in the Milky Way galaxy. They recreated it in the lab to see how it absorbs certain kinds of light.

Space June 28, 2018

Mysterious Cosmic Explosion 100 Times Brighter Than A Supernova Baffles Scientists

Astronomers found what could be one of the most enigmatic objects in space today. An enormous cataclysm more powerful than a supernova was detected just 200 million light-years away.

Space June 27, 2018

The Milky Way Has Swallowed A Dozen Galaxies, And It’s Eating A New One Right Now

After investigating several globular clusters at the halo of the Milky Way, researchers concluded that the galaxy has been gobbling up several large galaxies for billions of years. It’s even eating one up right now.

Space June 25, 2018

Supermassive Stars May Have Been Born Amid Globular Clusters

Supermassive stars could have polluted stars in ancient globular clusters, scientists proposed. The new research could open new insight into how the early Universe evolved.

Space June 22, 2018

Red Nuggets Show Glimpse Into How Supermassive Black Holes Grow So Big

Supermassive black holes could possibly eat up the interstellar gas at the center of galaxies, killing off new stars before they are born and growing to their enormous size. The theory was proposed by astronomers working at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Space June 22, 2018

Scientist Says That Aliens Might Hijack Stars For Energy In Order To Survive In 100 Billion Years

An astrophysicist says that aliens might try to hoard stars for energy as the universe expands. Humans could catch the aliens doing this if missing stars are located.

Space June 20, 2018

Globular Clusters Not As Ancient As Previously Thought: These Star Clusters Formed About 4 Billion Years After Big Bang

Researchers used BPASS models to study binary star systems believed to be as old as their host clusters. Findings showed globular clusters could be 4 billion years younger than previously thought.

Space June 20, 2018

Astronomers Find Best Evidence Of Elusive Intermediate-Mass Black Hole

Astronomers detected a flare of radiation in a distant galaxy that was emitted as a star is being devoured by a black hole. The intermediate-mass black hole candidate has a mass about 50,000 times that of the sun.

Space June 19, 2018

Three Jupiter-Like Planets Orbiting An Infant Star Are Youngest Planets Ever Seen

Astronomers discovered a trio of new planets as large as Jupiter around a young star. The new planetary system is 330 light-years away from Earth.

Space June 15, 2018

Astronomers Discover Black Hole 20 Million Times Larger Than The Sun Eating A Star

For the first time ever, astronomers witnessed a black hole devouring a star. They used the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to track this tidal disruption event (TDE).

Space June 14, 2018

Remnants Of Merging Galaxies Discovered Within Milky Way

Scientists identified the relics of five star clusters that merged with small galaxies to form the Milky Way. They also found a large 'blob' of stars that could be a larger galaxy colliding to become part of the Milky Way.

Space June 13, 2018

New Discovery About Massive Stars Could Change How We Understand The History Of The Universe

Researchers found that there are more massive stars scattered across space-time than previously thought. The new discovery could upend current notions about how stars and galaxies were formed.

Space June 12, 2018

Diamonds In Space Explain Mysterious Glow In Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers have identified diamonds as the reason for anomalous microwave emission, a mysterious cosmic glow coming from newborn stars across the Milky Way galaxy. The findings also have implications on the studies of the Big Bang.

Space June 12, 2018

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