Webb Telescope reveals super early Milky Way-like galaxies

A discovery of so-called barred galaxies early in the universe will require astrophysicists to refine their theories of galaxy evolution.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Jan. 5, 2023 ~7 min

Millions of fake universes clarify how black holes grow

Researchers have created millions of simulated galaxies to find out how black holes grow with their galaxies.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 3, 2023 ~9 min

Five space exploration missions to look out for in 2023

From space agency missions to private space launches, 2023 will be an exciting year in space.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Dec. 27, 2022 ~8 min

Manganese oxides on Mars probably don’t indicate O2

Do manganese oxides support the theory that Mars once had more oxygen? New experiments contradict that view.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Dec. 23, 2022 ~6 min

Probe could find whether Saturn’s moon hosts life

A future mission to Enceladus, one of Saturn's 83 moons, could discover its potential for harboring alien life—all without ever landing.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 22, 2022 ~10 min

Unusual, long-lasting gamma-ray burst challenges theories about these powerful cosmic explosions that make gold, uranium and other heavy metals

Gamma-ray bursts occur when a massive star explodes or when two neutron stars merge. A newly discovered burst has puzzled astronomers, as it lasted much longer than astronomers would have expected.

Simone Dichiara, Assistant Research Professor of Astrophysics, Penn State • conversation
Dec. 21, 2022 ~6 min

Webb telescope sees through dust to find young stars

Images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope contain telltale signs of two dozen previously unseen young stars about 7,500 light years away.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 19, 2022 ~6 min

Why is astronomy a science but astrology is not?

Astrology and astronomy were once practiced side by side by scientists like Galileo and Kepler. And they’re more similar than you might think.

Carl Craver, Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis • conversation
Dec. 19, 2022 ~8 min

How the James Webb Space Telescope has revealed a surprisingly bright, complex and element-filled early universe – Podcast

It has been one year since the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and six months since the first pictures were released. Astronomers are already learning unexpected things about the early universe.

Nehal El-Hadi, Science + Technology Editor, The Conversation • conversation
Dec. 15, 2022 ~6 min

UK-led robotic sky scanner reveals its first galactic fingerprint

A major telescope upgrade has peered through to the distant Universe to reveal the spectra of a pair of galaxies 280 million light years away from Earth.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 12, 2022 ~6 min