Astronomers Uncover Ancient Treasure Trove of Massive Galaxies

The galaxies are invisible to Hubble (left) but not to ALMA (right).Image: Wang et al (Nature…

This Football-Shaped Planet Is Leaking Heavy Metal

Artist’s impression of WASP-121b.Image: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STSci This hot Jupiter is so close…

What the Hell Is a ‘Black Moon’ You Just Made That Up

This is what the new moon would look like without a special telescope. If you’re wondering…

How Did We Miss This Week’s Shockingly Close Asteroid Flyby?

The Earth, not being struck by an asteroidImage: NASA This week, an asteroid flew by the…

Scientists Think They Know Why So Many Meteorites Look Like Cones

A mock meteorite falling through liquid.Photo: Khunsa Amin (PNAS) You might think of meteors as flashes…

Astronomers Think They’ve Spotted a Moon Forming Around an Exoplanet

Image of the PDS 70 system made from ALMA data. The splotch on the right might…

Famous Nebula Produces Highest-Energy Light Ever Observed

The Crab NebulaImage: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA A telescope in Tibet consisting…

Jodrell Bank Observatory Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Lovell Telescope control room at Jodrell Bank Observatory, 2007.Photo: Jon Super (AP) The Jodrell Bank…

Freaky Star Seems to Dim Randomly, and Astronomers Don’t Know Why

A graph showing the seemingly random dimming of the star known as EPIC 249706694.Graphic: Rappaport et…

Watch Today’s Total Solar Eclipse Right Here

The 2017 EclipseImage: NASA/Gopalswamy The Moon will cast its shadow over a small swath of Earth…