Sarah Fecht
at 10:17 AM Feb 9 2017

Europe's Gaia spacecraft has spotted a 'bridge of stars' between two dwarf galaxies. The bridge—a halo of faint light arching between two of the Milky Way's nearest neighbors—is 43,000 light-years long.

Sarah Fecht
at 11:19 AM Nov 2 2016

Between 2009 and 2013, the Kepler space telescope stared at a single patch of the sky, searching for exoplanets. Around the star KIC 8462852, it appears to have spotted something much stranger.

Samantha Cole
at 10:26 AM Oct 25 2016

Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Arizona State University are developing the most sensitive millimeter-wavelength polarimetric camera on Earth, called TolTEC. The camera will use 7,000 detectors across three different bands in the electromagnetic spectrum. When it's completed, it'll be coupled with the 164-foot diameter Large Millimeter Telescope, the world's largest single-dish steerable millimetre-wavelength telescope, which is located in Puebla, Mexico.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:37 AM Oct 12 2016

We know that there are multitudes of exoplanets scattered throughout the universe, but to date the only planets that we have been able to take a picture of are in our own cozy solar system. That might be about to change with a new initiative launched today that aims to send a telescope into low Earth orbit to take a picture of the binary Alpha Centauri system, which houses the two closest sun-like stars to our solar system

Sarah Fecht
at 10:08 AM Oct 10 2016

Earth is very much powered by the sun. Beams of photons shoot down at us, dumping their energy into green plants. Then we eat the plants, or we eat the animals that eat the plants (or so on, up the food chain), and we too indirectly absorb that sweet solar energy.

Samantha Cole
at 12:06 PM Sep 1 2016

Did we just get neuralyzed? For a few precious days this week, the scientific community vacillated between enthralled or enraged by the news that a Russian telescope picked up what seemed to be a signal beacon from outer space. Ars Technica was among the first to report the news, as a "strong signal" coming from the direction of HD164595, a star 95 light years from Earth.

Samantha Cole
at 12:06 PM Sep 1 2016

The Universe's earliest days just got a tiny bit closer, as scientists observing the European Space Agency's Planck satellite found that the first stars to form were born later than previously thought.

 
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