The site for astronomy at Dome A. Credit: SHANG Zhaohui A research team led by Prof. SHANG Zhaohui from National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) has proved that Dome A in Antarctica is the best site for optical astronomical observation on Earth. The study was published […]

An artist’s conception of HD 209458 b, an exoplanet whose atmosphere is being torn off at more than 35,000 km/hour by the radiation of its close-by parent star. This hot Jupiter was the first alien world discovered via the transit method, and the first planet to have its atmosphere studied. […]

Artist’s impression of a magnetar in outburst, showing complex magnetic field structure and beamed emission, here imagined as following a crust cracking episode. Credit: McGill University Graphic Design Team The fast radio bursts are likely generated by a magnetar, the most magnetic type of star in the universe. Fast radio […]

This is a ground-based telescopic photo of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. The galaxy is one of several select targets of a new initiative with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope called ULLYSES (UV Legacy Library of Young Stars as Essential Standards). The program is […]

Stars identified in the research have formed “shell structures” in the aftermath of a radial merger occurring 3-billion years ago. Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Evidence of broadside collision with dwarf galaxy discovered in Milky Way. Nearly 3 billion years ago, a dwarf galaxy plunged into the center of the Milky Way […]

Betelgeuse illustration. Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Wheatley (STScI) It may be another 100,000 years until the giant red star Betelgeuse dies in a fiery explosion, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. The study, led by Dr. Meridith Joyce from The Australian National University(ANU), not only […]

A panoramic view of the nearby Alpha Persei star cluster and its corona. The member stars in the corona are invisible. These are only revealed thanks to the combination of precise measurements with the ESA Gaia satellite and innovative machine learning tools. Credit: © Stefan Meingast, made with Gaia Sky […]

WPI mathematical physicist Mayer Humi has been studying the solar system for decades. Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Matthew Burgos Using a limited set of mathematical equations, Worcester Polytechnic Institute mathematical sciences professor Mayer Humi said he has confirmed a 224-year-old math conjecture about the origins of our solar system, providing insights […]