astronomy

tech-science

Scientists Are 99% Sure They Just Detected a Black Hole Eating a Neutron Star

“If it turns out to be right, then we’ve confirmed a new type of star system. It’s that fundamental.”
Becky Ferreira
2 days ago
Science

This Tabletop Gravitational Wave Detector Could Shed Light on Dark Matter

LIGO, the observatory that detected the first gravitational wave, stretches for miles. The Levitated Sensor Detector would fit in your living room.
Becky Ferreira
7.17.19
tech-science

Astronomers Finally Tracked the Source of a Mysterious Radio Burst From Space

“This is the big breakthrough that the field has been waiting for since astronomers discovered fast radio bursts in 2007.”
Becky Ferreira
6.27.19
star systems

Astronomers Peer at a Young Star System That Is Strikingly Similar to Our Own

DM Tau has its own asteroid belt, and may be developing its own versions of Earth and Neptune, too.
Becky Ferreira
3.14.19
Motherboard

NASA Captures Stunning Images of ‘Nuclear Superbubbles’ in an Alien Galaxy

NGC 3079 is spitting out particles that balloon across thousands of light years in space.
Becky Ferreira
3.4.19
Motherboard

Astronomers Discover Rare Kilometer-Sized Object in Outer Solar System

“We didn't even have enough money to build a second dome to protect our second telescope! Yet we still managed to make a discovery that is impossible for the big projects.”
Becky Ferreira
1.28.19
Motherboard

Citizen Scientists Help Spot a Potentially Habitable Planet Nearly Twice the Size of Earth

K2-288Bb is located 226 light years away.
Becky Ferreira
1.9.19
Motherboard

Astronomers Find the Most Distant Known Object in the Solar System

Nicknamed “Farout,” the world is 120 times farther from the Sun than Earth.
Becky Ferreira
12.17.18
Motherboard

This Alien World Is Evaporating Faster Than Any Known Planet

“In only a few billion years from now, half of the planet may be gone.”
Becky Ferreira
12.14.18
Motherboard

Scientists Discover ‘Super-Earth’ That’s Only Six Light Years Away

Astronomers have been looking for exoplanets around Barnard’s Star for decades. Now, they’ve finally spotted one.
Becky Ferreira
11.14.18
rogue planets

Rare Sighting of Two Rogue Planets That Do Not Orbit Stars

There may be more starless planets than stars in the Milky Way.
Becky Ferreira
11.9.18
Broadly

How a Star Is Born, According to Astronomers

With the release of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's 'A Star is Born' we talked to astronomers about how actual stars form in the cosmos.
Leila Ettachfini
10.8.18
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