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Slice through a radiation-dominated accretion disk around a black hole. Image credit: S. Davis (UVa), Y. Jiang (CCA), and J. Stone (IAS)
$1 Million Schmidt Futures Grant Awarded to Accelerate Computer Modeling of the Cosmos at IAS

December 18, 2019

Schmidt Futures has awarded $1 million to the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) to leverage advances in high-performance…
Stardust from red giants

December 10, 2019

Some of the Earth’s building material was stardust from red giants, researchers from ETH Zurich have established. They…
New image offers close-up view of interstellar comet

November 27, 2019

Yale astronomers have taken a new, close-up image of the interstellar comet 2l/Borisov. 2l/Borisov, first spotted this summer,…
Voyager 2 Illuminates Boundary of Interstellar Space

November 5, 2019

One year ago, on Nov. 5, 2018, NASA’s Voyager 2 became only the second spacecraft in history to…
Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space

November 5, 2019

Voyager 1 has a companion in the realm of the stars. Researchers at the University of Iowa report that…
Get ready for more interstellar objects, Yale astronomers say

September 27, 2019

Gregory Laughlin and Malena Rice weren’t exactly surprised a few weeks ago when they learned that a second interstellar object had…
Astronomers have Likely Spotted an Interstellar Comet Heading towards our Solar System – The First Ever Detected

September 17, 2019

In 2017, the interstellar object known as ʻOumuamua – the first ever to pass through the Solar System…
Gemini Observatory two-color composite image of C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) which is the first interstellar comet ever identified. This image was obtained using the Gemini North Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS) from Hawaii’s Maunakea. The image was obtained with four 60-second exposures in bands (filters) r and g. Blue and red dashes are images of background stars which appear to streak due to the motion of the comet. Composite image by Travis Rector. Image Credit: Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA
Gemini Observatory Captures Multicolor Image of First-ever Interstellar Comet

September 17, 2019

The first-ever comet from beyond our Solar System has been successfully imaged by the Gemini Observatory in multiple…
Hubble Finds Tiny “Electric Soccer Balls” in Space, Helps Solve Interstellar Mystery

June 26, 2019

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the presence of electrically-charged molecules in space shaped like soccer…
Technique pulls interstellar magnetic fields within easy reach

June 11, 2019

A new, more accessible and much cheaper approach to surveying the topology and strength of interstellar magnetic fields…
A new theory for ‘Oumuamua: It’s a comet that rocks

March 15, 2019

Astronomers at Yale and Caltech say that ‘Oumuamua, the much-discussed interstellar space rock, is best viewed as a…
Engine of cosmic evolution: Eve Ostriker looks under the hood

January 4, 2019

Outside Eve Ostriker’s office door stretches the universe, dotted with orange galaxies against the black backdrop of space. The…
NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

December 11, 2018

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager…
According to Latest Calculations, Travelling to the Nearest Exoplanet would take a Crew of no Less than 98 People

August 1, 2018

With cryogenics and faster-than-light travel still in the realm of science-fiction, the only way to overcome an inter-stellar…
The outer limits: New satellite to probe solar system’s edges

July 26, 2018

Researchers at CU Boulder will soon set their sights on the heliosphere, a massive bubble in space that…
Princeton’s McComas will lead IMAP, a NASA mission to study the heliosphere

July 19, 2018

Slated to launch in 2024, the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission will investigate the heliosphere, which surrounds…
UNH Researchers Land Roles in NASA Mission to Study Outer Solar System

June 12, 2018

Researchers and engineers from the University of New Hampshire’s Space Science Center (SSC) have been selected to be…
UVA astronomers play a starring role at national astronomical meeting

January 19, 2018

From extrasolar planets to colossal stars to an infrared light mystery, University of Virginia astronomers presented their research…
First known interstellar visitor is an “oddball”

November 23, 2017

In October astronomers were surprised by a visitor that came racing into our Solar System from interstellar space.…
Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

November 22, 2017

Astronomers recently scrambled to observe an intriguing asteroid that zipped through the solar system on a steep trajectory…
Ring around a dwarf planet detected

October 12, 2017

Haumea has a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf planet according to the recent observations of a…
How long would it take to reach a stationary orbit around nearest stars?

May 3, 2017

Nobody doubts: getting there physically would be much more interesting than observing stars and exoplanets through distant observations.…
Interstellar: Crossing the Cosmic Void

December 23, 2016

Humanity’s great leap into the space between the stars has, in a sense, already begun. NASA’s Voyager 1…
Explaining Why the Universe Can Be Transparent

September 15, 2016

Two papers published by an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside and several collaborators explain why…
Stellar cannibalism transforms star into brown dwarf

May 20, 2016

Astronomers have detected a sub-stellar object that used to be a star, after being consumed by its white…
Princeton professors to lead NASA science team probing universe and planets

February 19, 2016

Princeton University faculty members have been selected to lead the team of scientists responsible for a major NASA…
Voyager 1 Helps Solve Interstellar Medium Mystery

October 30, 2015

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft made history in 2012 by entering interstellar space, leaving the planets and the solar…
Destroyed Star Rains Onto Black Hole, Winds Blow It Back

October 23, 2015

New details about what happens when a black hole tears apart a star have been gathered by a…
How a black hole swallows a star: new observations confirm theory

October 22, 2015

New details about what happens when a black hole tears apart a star have been gathered by a…
Dust particles from outer space

October 21, 2015

When in 1990 the solar probe Ulysses embarked on its 19-year-long exploration tour, the participating researchers turned their…
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