Some Stars Are Born In ‘Traffic Jams’

A new study from Japan provides clues into how swirling molecular clouds collapse into stars like our Sun.

Could Humans Live There? Check The Planet’s Shadow

By timing the shadow of a nearby, potentially habitable planet, researchers could determine if its atmosphere contains molecules related to life, such as oxygen.

Is The Truth Out There? FAST To Find Out

The FAST telescope in China is the latest addition to the Breakthrough Listen program, part of a set of long-term astronomical programs exploring the universe.

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.

Gravitational Waves Triggered 10m Years Earlier Than Thought

According to supercomputer simulations, a collision of two galaxies triggers gravitational waves about ten million years after—a much faster process than previously assumed.

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.

Students Discover Gravitational Lens Dubbed ‘Eye Of Horus’

Students and astronomers at a Subaru Telescope workshop made the discovery by accident while analyzing some data.

The Universe’s Oldest Supernovae Burn Bright & Blue

The color of supernovae during a specific phase could help researchers detect the most distant and oldest supernovae in the Universe.