Quantum fluctuations can jiggle objects on the human scale

Study shows LIGO’s 40-kilogram mirrors can move in response to tiny quantum effects, revealing the “spooky popcorn of the universe.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute ligo astronomy-and-planetary-science

TESS mission discovers massive ice giant

Neptune-sized planet may be remnant core of a much larger planet.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astrophysics space astronomy exoplanets nasa research school-of-science planetary-science satellites eaps astronomy-and-planetary-science

Core of a gas planet seen for the first time

Astronomers have found a previously unseen type of object circling a distant star.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
July 1, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: astronomy tess-telescope

Mystery over monster star's vanishing act

A huge star has disappeared - did it become a black hole?

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
June 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space astronomy stars chile

Betelgeuse: Nearby supergiant star's dimming explained

Astronomers say big cool patches on the Betelgeuse star likely drove its surprise dimming last year.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
June 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: astrophysics space astronomy stars

In pictures: Rare solar eclipse darkens Asia on the summer solstice

Skywatchers photographed the "ring of fire", where the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 21, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: astronomy photography asia the-sun eclipses

Astronomers detect regular rhythm of radio waves, with origins unknown

Signal from 500 million light years away is the first periodic pattern of radio bursts detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy research black-holes school-of-science kavli-institute astronomy-and-planetary-science

First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights

When it comes to commercial space tourism, suborbital flight are the first frontier. But what are the risks? Are there health requirements? What should you know before taking such a way-out trip?

Sara M. Langston, Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: space astronomy nasa spacex space-tourism boeing elon-musk blue-origin lockheed-martin orion

Citizen scientists spot closest young brown dwarf disk yet

Discovery made through the Disk Detective project could help the search for new planets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy exoplanets nasa research school-of-science kavli-institute planetary-science crowdsourcing astronomy-and-planetary-science

How Europe's CHEOPS satellite will improve the hunt for exoplanets

The primary objective of CHEOPS is to better understand the planets that we’ve already found. And its mission is now in full swing.

Jason Steffen, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  space  astronomy  exoplanets  kepler-mission  planet  exoplanet-discovery  tess

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