Astronomers may not be able to sample an exoplanet directly, but they have analyzed a hot-Jupiter's atmosphere in the 'perfect lab exoperiment.' Continue reading →
Every once in a while, an astronomy paper comes out that makes me go, "Whoa. Whoa! Wait... really?" This is one of those papers.
Stellar nurseries are chock-full of energetic phenomena, it's little wonder that we are always finding new and bizarre things in star-forming regions.
For the first time, buckyballs have been discovered in the cosmos in a solid form in the vicinity of a binary star system 6,500 light-years away.
Did the famous supernova known as Cassiopeia A coincide with the birth of King Charles II in 1630? New evidence of the "noon day star" suggests this might be the case.
Astronomers believe they have found a planet about two-thirds the size of Earth orbiting a star 33 light-years away.
Say hello to "El Gordo," one of the biggest cosmic collisions you will ever witness.
Eventually, we're going to get hit with an asteroid or comet and we need to be ready. To keep an eye open for these interplanetary vagabonds, astronomers are calling on the Spitzer Space Telescope to help out.
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