Astronomers detect extended dark matter halo around ancient dwarf galaxy

Findings suggest the first galaxies in the universe were more massive than previously thought.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 1, 2021 ~6 min

Search for axions from nearby star Betelgeuse comes up empty

Results significantly narrow the range of possible places to find the hypothetical dark matter particles.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 21, 2021 ~7 min

Designing new mirror materials for better gravitational-wave detection

Nicholas Demos, a first-generation college graduate and MathWorks Fellow in MIT’s Kavli Institute, is improving our ability to listen to the cosmos.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Astronomers discover an Earth-sized “pi planet” with a 3.14-day orbit

The rocky world, with its baking-hot surface, is likely not habitable.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~7 min

The force is strong in neutron stars

Study identifies a transition in the strong nuclear force that illuminates the structure of a neutron star’s core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 26, 2020 ~10 min

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 • mit
Oct. 14, 2019 ~8 min

Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere

Study reports on search for an atmosphere around a planet somewhat similar to ours.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 19, 2019 ~8 min

TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate “sub-Neptune”

Planetary system orbiting an unusually quiet star is ideal for future habitability searches.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2019 ~7 min

X-ray pulse detected near event horizon as black hole devours star

Pulse pattern suggests distant black hole must be spinning at least at 50 percent the speed of light.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 9, 2019 ~9 min

MIT researchers discuss the new "multi-messenger" era of astrophysics research | MIT News

Mavalvala, Evans, Frebel, Katsavounidis, and Vitale discuss the science behind LIGO's observations of a neutron star collision.

Julia C. Keller | School of Science • mit
Oct. 18, 2017 ~9 min