Astrophysics

  • Largest-ever map of dark matter

    Astronomers release the most precise look at the universe’s evolution.

    The Dark Energy Survey collaboration has just released 30 new papers from the first three years of their observing ru...

    Astrophysics May 28, 2021
  • Young galaxy puts a spin on old models

    Radio telescope combines with cosmic magnifying glass to study the early universe.

    From an arid and isolated plateau in the Atacama Desert, a radio telescope has spied a baby galaxy in the infant univ...

    Astrophysics April 22, 2021
  • Astronomers find ‘Goldilocks’ black hole

    Early black holes may seed their more massive cousins.

    Last year, scientists used gravitational waves to detect an elusive intermediate-mass black hole for the first time. ...

    Astrophysics March 30, 2021
  • Space debris? SCOOP it up!

    An innovative proposal might make all the difference to de-junking near-Earth space.

    A network of mobile observatories deployed across Australia’s vast expanse could be a new weapon in the battle agains...

    Astrophysics March 12, 2021
  • W boson spotted in Antarctica

    IceCube observatory spots elementary particle needle in a galactic haystack.

    On 6 December 2016, a high-energy particle hurtled from outer space and through an Antarctic ice sheet, where it slam...

    Astrophysics March 11, 2021
  • Video

    Cosmic neutrino blast

    Tidal disruption event gives birth to travelling neutrino.

    A little bit more is now known about the cosmos, thanks to research involving a neutrino space odyssey, a black hole ...

    Astrophysics February 23, 2021
  • More massive, more problems

    Heavy black hole may change astronomers’ understanding of their formation.

    The first black hole ever discovered is more massive than we thought, according to an international team of astronome...

    Astronomy February 19, 2021
  • Baby galaxies born big

    Faint, distant fossil galaxy has massive dark-matter halo.

    The first galaxies in the universe were likely more massive than previously thought, according to new research from M...

    Astrophysics February 2, 2021
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    Animals January 18, 2021
  • Milliseconds measure galactic gravity

    Data from pulsars widens knowledge of dark matter and gravitational waves.

    Scientists measuring tiny changes in the arrival times of signals from millisecond pulsars have found a new way to me...

    Astrophysics January 13, 2021
  • Star-making motion

    International team produces the world’s highest-resolution simulation of astrophysical turbulence.

    Quantum physicist Richard Feynman once called turbulence “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics”. ...

    Astrophysics January 12, 2021
  • History

    James Van Allen was known for his belts

    Apollo astronauts can thank the would-be sailor.

    A January 2017 article in Popular Mechanics magazine, with the headline “How NASA got Apollo astronauts through the d...

    Astrophysics December 11, 2020
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