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Dead Stars Found Whipping Around Each Other in Minutes

July 26, 2019

Two dead stars have been spotted whipping around each other every seven minutes. The rare celestial find was…
Zwicky Transient Facility Nabs Supernovae, Stars, and More

February 13, 2019

The results are rolling in from Caltech’s newest state-of-the-art sky-surveying camera, which began operations at the Palomar Observatory…
Next up: Ultracold simulators of super-dense stars

January 4, 2019

Rice University physicists have created the world’s first laser-cooled neutral plasma, completing a 20-year quest that sets the…
‘Zombie’ stars return from the dead

October 31, 2018

Black holes are among the most elusive objects in the universe, but research out of Lawrence Livermore National…
When Is a Nova Not a ‘Nova’? When a White Dwarf and a Brown Dwarf Collide

October 8, 2018

Synopsis: Using ALMA, an international team of astronomers found evidence that a white dwarf (the elderly remains of…
Gaia Turns Up 13,928 White Dwarfs Nearby the Sun, Including Several Formed Through Mergers

May 17, 2018

In 2013, the European Space Agency (ESA) deployed the Gaia mission, a space observatory designed to measure the…
Astronomers Figure Out How to use Gravitational Lensing to Measure the Mass of White Dwarfs

March 20, 2018

For the sake of studying the most distant objects in the Universe, astronomers often rely on a technique…
NASA’s Webb Telescope to Investigate Mysterious Brown Dwarfs

January 5, 2018

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. Astronomers are hopeful that the powerful infrared capability…
Starving white dwarf stars are binge eaters, find astronomers

December 14, 2017

An international team of scientists, including an astronomer from the University of Southampton, has made a significant discovery…
Astrophysicist Predicts Detached Eclipsing White Dwarfs to Merge Into an Exotic Star

August 26, 2017

A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist, Mukremin Kilic, and his team have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf…
TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

August 12, 2017

If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system,…
Watching a Volatile Stellar Relationship

June 9, 2017

In biology, “symbiosis” refers to two organisms that live close to and interact with one another. Astronomers have…
New details of TRAPPIST-1 system’s outmost planet confirm earlier predictions

May 25, 2017

An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, used data gathered by the Kepler…
Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf

March 27, 2017

An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear…
NASA’s Kepler Provides Another Peek at Ultra-cool Neighbor

March 9, 2017

On Feb. 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets…
Hubble Witnesses Massive Comet-Like Object Pollute Atmosphere of a White Dwarf

February 10, 2017

For the first time, scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have witnessed a massive object with the makeup…
NASA Finds Planets of Red Dwarf Stars May Face Oxygen Loss in Habitable Zones

February 9, 2017

The search for life beyond Earth starts in habitable zones, the regions around stars where conditions could potentially…
White Dwarf Lashes Red Dwarf with Mystery Ray

July 30, 2016

n May 2015, a group of amateur astronomers from Germany, Belgium and the UK came across a star…
Hubble Views a Stubborn Dwarf Galaxy

July 12, 2016

The fuzzy collection of stars seen in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image forms an intriguing dwarf galaxy…
Promising Worlds Found Around Nearby Ultra-cool Dwarf Star

May 3, 2016

Astronomers using the TRAPPIST telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory have discovered three planets with sizes and temperatures…
Brown Dwarfs: Oasis in a Desert

April 25, 2016

The Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment, a major survey of the stars in our home galaxy led…
Lone Planetary-Mass Object Found in Family of Stars

April 20, 2016

In 2011, astronomers announced that our galaxy is likely teeming with free-floating planets. In fact, these lonely worlds,…
Monster planet is “dancing with the stars”

December 17, 2015

A team made up almost entirely of current and former Carnegie scientists has discovered a highly unusual planetary…
Cool, Dim Dwarf Star is Magnetic Powerhouse

November 21, 2015

Animation of artist impression of red dwarf star TVLM 513-46546. ALMA observations suggest that it has an amazingly…
The Glowing Halo of a Zombie Star

November 12, 2015

VLT maps out remains of white dwarf’s meal Led by Christopher Manser, a PhD student at the University…
Disintegrating Asteroid is Raining Dust Onto a White Dwarf Star

October 22, 2015

Astronomers announced that they have spotted a large, rocky object disintegrating in its death spiral around a distant…
Dying star suffers ‘irregular heartbeats’

August 27, 2015

Some dying stars suffer from ‘irregular heartbeats’, research led by astronomers at the University of Warwick has discovered.…
Astronomers discover powerful aurora beyond solar system

August 5, 2015

Astronomers have discovered the first aurora ever seen in an object beyond our Solar System. The aurora —…
White Dwarf Resurrection

August 4, 2015

The bright star in the centre of this image is not the star of this show. At the…
Brown dwarf boasts ‘Northern Lights’

July 31, 2015

Brown dwarfs, sometimes called ‘failed stars’, are too massive to be planets but not massive enough to sustain…
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