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

Unveiling the Mysteries of Spiral Galaxy Arms This study has showed us that on many occasions our theories, explanations, and models are true, but don’t always show the whole story.

Galaxies come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Many galaxies are in the shape of spirals, including our own Milky Way Galaxy. The movement and evolution of these spirals is not well understood in astrophysics. There are a few hypotheses. READ MORE

The Age and Fate of the Orion Nebular Cloud The initial mass function may have given us the age of Orion, but it still doesn't tell the whole story...

Stars and planets are most often categorized by their mass. In astronomy, the “initial mass function” is used for this categorization. The initial mass function catalogues the number of planets and stars of a certain mass, and creates a diagram READ MORE

Weights Slide Uphill On a Frictionless Table Next time your coat falls off the corner of a table, think of this interesting experiment.

Have you ever tried to hang your coat over the corner of table? Unless it snags, it seems to always fall off. This question inspired two scientists in Chicago to do an analysis on the subject. To represent the coat, READ MORE

Dust, Not Aliens, Causing Unusual Star Light on Tabby’s Star Scientists ran several computer simulations to determine the most likely explanation.

Tabby’s Star, located 1,276 light years from Earth and named for its discoverer Tabetha S. Boyajian, created quite a buzz among astronomers when it was found in 2009 by the Kepler Space Observatory. It glowed a yellowish white and had READ MORE

Could Life Thrive on Radiation? Scientists Say It’s Possible Instead of sunlight, living things may be able to harness the energy from cosmic rays.

All life on Earth survives because of the sun. Plants use a process called photosynthesis to transfer energy from the Sun’s rays into the sugars that build their stems and leaves. Animals either eat the plants directly, or eat other READ MORE

First Direct Detection of Dark Matter Space scientists have detected a curious signal that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter.

Cutting-edge paper by Professor George Fraser — who tragically died in March this year — and colleagues at the University of Leicester provides first potential indication of direct detection of Dark Matter — something that has been a mystery in READ MORE