Gravitational Waves from A Neutron Star Merger Shake the Earth and Astrophysics The LIGO/Virgo gravitational wave detection on Oct 16 leads to major leaps in understanding of astrophysics.

Big News! Astrophysics receives a gift. Interferometers at LIGO and Virgo detected gravitational waves coming from two neutron stars merging. This detection not only supports Einstein’s theory of relativity, but also teaches us even more about astrophysics that we didn’t know before.

The Sleeping Giant in a Small Town A supermassive black hole, 17 billion times the size of our Sun, was found in a small galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in the middle of nowhere. This nearly record-breaking supermassive black hole is in the center of a small galaxy cluster, which is a small town by universe standards. At READ MORE

Chasing Alien Worlds with a Flying Telescope SOFIA is the name of a telescope that flies in the stratosphere to collect data that is unimpeded by the Earth's atmosphere

The airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a flying observatory aboard a modified Boeing 747 that takes infrared astronomy readings at approximately 41,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. It recently observed a mini-eclipse of the extrasolar planet named READ MORE

Have We Finally Found Dark Matter, or Merely Pulsars? The Fermi-LAT telescope experiment attempts to pinpoint the origin of an excess of gamma rays that might be a dark matter signal coming from the center of the Milky Way!

There is overwhelming evidence to support the existence of dark matter, but its existence is still a mystery to physicists. A method called Indirect detection remains one of our best hopes for experimentally detecting particles of the elusive Dark Matter READ MORE

Why is the Sun Yellow? Red dwarf stars are much more common, so are we a fluke?

Jacob Haqq-Misra, Ravi Kopparapu, and Eric Wolf attempt to address this question in a recent paper titled “Why do we find ourselves around a yellow star instead of a red star?” and published in International Journal of Astrobiology.

Mysterious, Unusual Intergalactic Radio Signal Found Astronomers find the location of an unusual radio pulse to be outside our galaxy and are currently unable to determine the source.

Radio astronomers working with a radio dish telescope detected something a bit unusual. They were seeing a very fast radio burst, faster and more irregular than any signal in the history of radio astronomy. This radio burst was coming at very short time scales, lasting just a few milliseconds. The signal was irregular, very fast, and strong. This rapid burst has been something of a mystery since it was first discovered.

Saturn’s Moon Enceladus May Have Conditions For Life In a last scientific hurrah, the Cassini spacecraft has detected that hydrogen is being ejected from the moon’s ice-covered ocean

In a last scientific hurrah, the Cassini spacecraft has detected that hydrogen is being ejected from the moon’s ice-covered ocean.

The Deafening Sound of Neutron Stars Crashing Together When large objects in space orbit around each other, they make big waves, and a big sound.

Large stars and planets in space have intense gravity. The gravity of these large celestial bodies is so strong, that they actually warp the empty space around them. Also, in space, time progresses differently when near celestial bodies. Because of READ MORE

Planet Friendships in Solar Systems Beyond Our Own Exoplanet detection techniques improved in hopes of finding the expected co-orbiting planets

Our understanding of astrophysics states that we should be seeing co-orbiting planets when astronomers look through their telescopes. Co-orbiting planets are planets of roughly similar size that have overlapping orbits around their host star. These two planets orbit so closely READ MORE