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

Mystery object could be heavy star or light black hole

"We don't know if this object is the heaviest known neutron star, or the lightest known black hole, but either way it breaks a record."

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space stars black-holes gravitational-waves science-and-technology

Watch ‘supernova machine’ mimic swirls from exploding stars

A new machine can mimic the swirls that the blast of a supernova explosion creates. Check out the show for yourself.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: space stars featured science-and-technology supernova

Way before stars form, space clouds hold building blocks of life

"This tells us that the basic organic chemistry needed for life is present in the raw gas prior to the formation of stars and planets."

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution space life stars science-and-technology gases dust

Can space rocks on a distant asteroid explain Earth’s water?

Tiny meteoroids on a far off asteroid could explain how we got both water and "stardust" on Earth.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space water stars asteroids science-and-technology

The Sun: study shows it's less active than sibling stars – here's what that could mean

Has the Sun entered a stage of old age?

Andrew Norton, Professor of Astrophysics Education, The Open University • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: exoplanets stars stellar-evolution the-sun solar-flare space-weather coronal-mass-ejection

Hubble telescope's Universe revealed in 3D

New techniques are being used to transform images from Hubble into spectacular 3D visualisations.

By David Briggs • bbcnews
April 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space astronomy space-exploration galaxies stars milky-way hubble-telescope the-universe 3d-technology

Astronomers say exoplanet was actually a dust cloud

The exoplanet Fomalhaut-b likely never was, say astronomers. Their work suggests an expanding cloud of dust instead.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets stars science-and-technology dust

Milky Way may fling stars from its center

The Milky Way may be catapulting stars into its outer galactic halo, researchers say. The finding could change how we think about how star systems are born.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space galaxies stars milky-way science-and-technology supernova

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