astronomy

One Big Blow Brought Precious Metals To Earth

Gold and other precious metals on Earth may have come from one large-scale planetary impact, rather than many smaller ones.

Supermassive Black Holes Bring Their Own Gas

Scientists have revealed that dense molecular gas disks at the centers of galaxies supply gas to the supermassive black holes situated within them.

The Chemistry Of Stellar Cocoons

Astronomers have discovered the first ‘hot molecular core,’ a cocoon of molecules that surrounds newborn stars, in a galaxy other than our own.

The Milky Way’s Sun-Facing Spiral Is Bigger Than We Thought

The spiral arm of our galaxy that is closest to the Sun stretches for approximately 20,000 light years, significantly larger than previous estimates.

World’s Largest Radio Telescope Prepares To Listen

China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope was completed on September 25 with debugging and testing to follow.

Forget Pokémon. Hunt For Centaur Rings Instead!

It is highly likely that minor planets called centaurs with rings or small moons exist, awaiting discovery by future observations.

A Baby Icy Giant Planet Is Growing Nearby

Observations of the icy giant planet, which is probably a bit more massive than Neptune, will help us better understand planet formation.

World’s Biggest Telescope Meets World’s Second Fastest Supercomputer

The Tianhe-2 supercomputer in China has run prototype data software that will someday become the 'brain' of the Square Kilometer Array telescope.

Astronomers Find Center Of The Milky Way is Devoid Of Young Stars

An international team of astronomers has found a huge region in the inner Milky Way where there is a strange absence of young stars.