The latest headlines from around the cosmos.
From todays AAS meeting: “IceCube was built as a discovery instrument… Now we know what we’re looking for.”
The connection between disks and planet formation continues to expand as astronomers view them in new detail.
Screwball giant planets and ravenous stars kick off this week’s gathering of professional astronomers.
I can’t help imagining brown dwarfs as having an identity crisis. And two announcements today did not help them.
Astronomers discover the most distant dusty galaxy ever observed.
Volcanoes have the potential to make distant exoplanets potentially habitable.
NASAs upcoming Europa mission has cleared an important hurdle.
Hydrocode simulation of an impact of a Venus-sized rock/iron planet colliding with a six Earth-mass planet. The collision creates a disk of rock fragments, liquid, and vapor massive enough to create a moon of 0.1 Earth masses, large enough to be detected by Kepler. Colors indicate the density of material, with solids depicted by orange/red hues, and liquid/vapor depicted by green/blue hues.
Could exomoons be large enough for Kepler to detect?
Astronomers reveal a rare view of a dying, supermassive star.
A new type of pulsar is discovered sending powerful beams to its binary partner.
Stray black holes in our galaxy may be getting a little easier to find.