Two galaxies in the process of merging. Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble When two galaxies merge, there are brief periods of stellar baby booms. A group of astronomers led by Lingyu Wang from SRON have now used a sample of over 200,000 galaxies to confirm that galaxy mergers are the driving force behind […]

An illustration of vibration modes in the Sun. Astronomers have used the TESS mission to study for the first time stellar oscillations in intermeidate mass stars. Credit: Kosovichev et al., Structure and Rotation of the Solar Interior: Initial Results from the MDI Medium-L Program The interiors of stars are largely […]

An artist created this illustration of the searing-hot gas planet WASP-12b and its star. A Princeton-led team of astrophysicists has shown that this exoplanet is spiraling in toward its host star, heading toward certain destruction in about 3 million years. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech A Princeton-led team of astrophysicists has shown that […]

Various heavy metals with unique wavelength signatures are produced in an explosion following a merger of binary neutron stars. These metals are then incorporated into newly forming stars where their signatures can be observed. Credit: University of Tokyo, NAOJ Astronomers have cataloged signs of 9 heavy metals in the infrared […]