The billion-year belch

Michael Calzadilla and colleagues describe a violent black hole outburst that provides new insight into galaxy cluster evolution.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Dec. 23, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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

A sign that aliens could stink

A molecule that’s known for its smelly and poisonous nature on Earth may be a sure-fire sign of extraterrestrial life.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics biology chemistry eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences kavli-institute planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?

A new analysis puts dark matter back in the game as a possible source of energy excess at the galactic center.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 10, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics center-for-theoretical-physics laboratory-for-nuclear-science physics research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science department-of-energy-doe

New instrument extends LIGO’s reach

Technology “squeezes” out quantum noise so more gravitational wave signals can be detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 5, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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

Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

Putting the “bang” in the Big Bang

Physicists simulate critical “reheating” period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 24, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: astrophysics computer-modeling physics cosmic-inflation research program-in-sts national-science-foundation-nsf school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences department-of-energy-doe

Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens

New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

This is how a “fuzzy” universe may have looked

Scientists simulate early galaxy formation in a universe of dark matter that is ultralight, or “fuzzy,” rather than cold or warm.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: dark-matter algorithms astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute research school-of-science space space astronomy-and-planetary-science


3Q: Scientists shave estimate of neutrino’s mass in half

Joseph Formaggio explains the discovery that the ghostly particle must be no more than 1 electronvolt, half as massive as previously thought.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 16, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: astrophysics physics research school-of-science 3-questions space astronomy-and-planetary-science neutrinos laboratory-for-nuclear-science

Page 1 of 11