Astronomers may have detected background ripples in spacetime itself

The gravitational waves we’ve detected so far have been like tsunamis in the spacetime sea, but it’s believed that gentle ripples should also pervade the universe. Now, a 13-year survey of light from pulsars scattered across the galaxy may have reveale… Continue reading Astronomers may have detected background ripples in spacetime itself

Black hole flares up on precise 114-day cycle as it slowly eats star

Despite their name, black holes can give off bright flares of light, usually as they shred stars that wander too close. Most of those are one-off events, but now astronomers have discovered an extragalactic Old Faithful that fires up like clockwork eve… Continue reading Black hole flares up on precise 114-day cycle as it slowly eats star

New Horizons probe finds that space is darker than we thought

How many galaxies are there in the observable universe? Not as many as we thought, according to a new study. NASA’s New Horizons probe has measured the blackness of the sky and found that there’s probably “only” a few hundred billion galaxies glowing t… Continue reading New Horizons probe finds that space is darker than we thought

Talking mummies and time travel rules: Strangest science stories of 2020

Curing cancer is a noble goal and all, but sometimes scientists just want to see what happens when you give octopuses ecstasy. From medical marvels to wild speculations about time travel, aliens and the end of the universe, New Atlas revisits some of 2… Continue reading Talking mummies and time travel rules: Strangest science stories of 2020

Neutron stars scanned for signals of dark matter turning into light

Dark matter is thought to outnumber the regular stuff by a ratio of five to one, yet it remains frustratingly elusive. But there might be ways to potentially spot it, if you know where to look, and now astronomers have scanned neutron stars for telltal… Continue reading Neutron stars scanned for signals of dark matter turning into light

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Saw Through the Stars

We as humans are limited in the ways we can look at things ourselves, and rely on on the different perspectives and insights of others to help make sense of things. All it takes is one person to look at a data set and find something completely different that changes …read more

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Hubble gallery showcases 30 cosmic gems visible to amateur astronomers

NASA has released a collection of 50 stunning Hubble images to celebrate the veteran telescope’s 30th anniversary, which took place earlier this year. The images show 30 cosmic objects, ranging from planetary nebulae to galaxies in incredible detail, r… Continue reading Hubble gallery showcases 30 cosmic gems visible to amateur astronomers

World’s largest solar telescope captures its first dramatic sunspot image

Astronomers have released a stunningly detailed image revealing the structure of a massive sunspot as it temporarily darkened the Sun’s surface on January 28, 2020. The new image was taken during the final commissioning phase of the upcoming Daniel K. … Continue reading World’s largest solar telescope captures its first dramatic sunspot image

Hubble catches nebula fizzling out faster than thought possible

Planetary nebulae are basically slow-motion explosions in space, expected to expand and then fade over tens of thousands of years. But in an unprecedented show, the Hubble Space Telescope has witnessed a nebula fading and shrinking dramatically within … Continue reading Hubble catches nebula fizzling out faster than thought possible