Astronomy
Astronomers discover first-ever alien moon
Astronomers discover first-ever alien moon

Our solar system is rife with moons; six of the eight planets harbor natural satellites, as do some dwarf planets and even some asteroids. As for exoplanets beyond our solar system, data from planet-hunting initiatives, such as NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, has not yet revealed any with detectable moons...

   
Fossil galaxy may be one of first ever formed
Fossil galaxy may be one of first ever formed

A tiny galaxy circling the Milky Way may be a fossil left over from the early Universe, astronomers say. The galaxy, called Segue 1, was recently found to contain stars that have fewer heavy elements than those of any other galaxy know...

   
Dark energy breakthrough? Universe’s rate of expansion measured
Dark energy breakthrough? Universe’s rate of expansion measured

The universe has been expanding ever since its origination in the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, as shown by previous studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, the Big Bang’s afterglow...

   
Spring stargazing ready to astound
Spring stargazing ready to astound

According to Space.com, the skies of April will bring much more than showers; stargazers around the globe will be treated to a series of remarkable space events during this month...

   
NASA: We have discovered the origins of supermassive black holes
NASA: We have discovered the origins of supermassive black holes

Supermassive black holes are found in the centers of galaxies; our own Milky Way Galaxy harbors the supermassive Sagittarius A* at its core. However, the origins of these powerful singularities, which are a million to a billion times more massive than our Sun, have been puzzling...

   
NASA telescopes peer back at most distant galaxy
NASA telescopes peer back at most distant galaxy

A pair of NASA telescopes has observed one of the most distant galaxies ever documented. According to a Read More.

   
Quasar sheds light on the underlying cosmic web
Quasar sheds light on the underlying cosmic web

The standard cosmological model of structure formation hypothesizes that galaxies are situated in a vast cosmic web of matter, of which approximately 84 percent is dark matter...

   
Fermi observatory measures gamma rays through gravitational lens
Fermi observatory measures gamma rays through gravitational lens

According to a NASA press release, astronomers have used the agency’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to obtain gamma-ray measurements through a gravitational lens for the first time...

   
New data reveal secrets of powerful Gamma Ray Bursts
New data reveal secrets of powerful Gamma Ray Bursts

A team led by Carole Mundell at Liverpool John Moores University has examined a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB), the most powerful type of explosion in the universe, in unprecedented detail...

   
Light pattern of early universe holds clues to first moments after Big Bang
Light pattern of early universe holds clues to first moments after Big Bang

Light emitted by the universe in its earliest stages, billions of years ago, has taken a circuitous path to reach Earth's location. The gravitational pull of matter distorted the ancient light on its long trek through the cosmos, twisting it into a distinctive pattern, known as B-modes...