The expanding fireball of a nova explosion has been observed in unprecedented detail for the first time.
Trace quantities of hydrogen in white dwarf atmospheres has baffled astronomers -- could its presence be down to raining comets from exo-Oort clouds? Continue reading →
Mass and gravity are intimately related, so it stands to reason that the link between the Higgs boson and gravity is just as fundamental -- now astronomers are looking to the stars to actually test the finer details of this relationship. Continue reading →
Astronomers aren't being poetic when they say this star is a diamond.
Hubble has slewed in the direction of M82 to snap this dreamy portrait of SN 2014J, the closest supernova to erupt in recent decades. Continue reading →
A Type 1a supernova has been spotted in our galactic back yard inside M84, a galaxy only 12 million light-years from the Milky Way. Continue reading →
Astronomers have made the first direct detection of water in a rocky body that once orbited a sun-like star.
Astronomy lets us peer into some of the strangest corners of physics in a way that are incredibly hard (or impossible) to reproduce in a laboratory setting. For example, a recent discovery of pulsations from a massive white dwarf star … Continue reading →
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