Using data gathered by Kepler space telescope scientists have finally forecasting the daily weather cycles for six distant planets.
Forty light years away in the Cancer constellation is a yellow star much like our sun. However, it is not alone, it has a smaller companion, a red dwarf star which is separated by over one thousand times the distance from the Earth to the Sun. 55 Cancri is the name of this binary star system. It also has a special feature: the yellow dwarf (55 Cancri A) have five exoplanets and may possibly host other worlds that we could not detect yet.
Astrophysicists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics have discovered a group of ancient red giant stars which should be old but they still look young when their ages are inferred using asteroseismology.
Two Russian astronomers have spotted 11 homeless galaxies that have been flung out of their homes to wander out in deep space, millions of light years from their nearest neighbours.
In 2004, NASA’ mission WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) detected a supermassive void (largest structure ever observed in the universe) — a cold area of the sky that stretched on the map of radiation left over from the Big Bang — a strange feature named by astronomers the Cold Spot.
The destruction of an exoplanet may sound like something that came straight from Sci-Fi scenario, but, earlier this week, researchers — using several telescopes, including Chandra X-ray Observatory — have found evidence that a white dwarf star may have been a planet-killer obliterated an entire world that ventured nearby.
Astronomers from Chalmers University of Technology and Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden have observed an extremely intense magnetic field beyond anything previously detected very close to a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy.
For the first time, astrophysicists may have observed the first signs of dark matter interacting — not with ordinary matter — but with itself, and not just through the pull of its gravity.
Researchers on the Dark Energy Survey have created the first map of the distribution of dark matter across the universe. Experts who created these series of maps says that these are the largest maps ever created at this level of unprecedented detail and will improve our understanding of dark matter and its role in the formation of galaxies.
For the first time, astronomers from the Universities of Geneva and Bern, have succeed to measure the temperature of the atmosphere of exoplanet HD 189733b with impressive precision, by crossing two approaches.
How fast the universe has been expanding since the Big Bang is something of a puzzling question. It wasn’t that long enough that we didn’t know it was accelerating at all, and a new study finds the acceleration of the expansion of the universe might not be as fast as thought.
For years, scientists have believed that black holes are a portal to no-return. Astronauts in movies fear the mouths of black holes because the nothingness extends into an unknown forever. Black holes have been known as Bermuda Triangles of space – what goes in is lost forever. Or so we thought.