Dust. It's a nuisance. It's dirty. It makes you have to clean your house. And without it, we wouldn't even be here. That's why astronomers are so happy to find a whole lot of dust with a state-of-the-art radio telescope. Continue reading →
The Hubble Space Telescope's ambitious new mission to use natural gravitational lenses to magnify some of the earliest galaxies has returned its first stunning views of the depths of the Cosmos.
Too often, the term paradigm-shift is used in science reporting for things that, really, aren't much of a shift in our thinking at all -- but this black hole discovery could be THE paradigm shift we've all been waiting for.
Pulsar astronomers scored big with the finding of a triple star system that includes a millisecond pulsar -- it could be one of the most extreme tests yet for Einstein's general relativity. Continue reading →
Astronomers have announced the detection of a Thorne-Żytkow object -- a neutron star inside a red supergiant -- potentially putting a weird hybrid star on the stellar map as a very real phenomenon.