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Here's How Scientists Can Determine The Age Of A Galaxy

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science

Twinkle, twinkle little star. It turns out that the increasing and decreasing brightness of some stars might hold clues to their host galaxy's age, a...

Dear Neil deGrasse Tyson, Thank You for Cosmos and All Your Poetry

Loukia Papadopoulos | Posted 10.29.2015 | Science
Loukia Papadopoulos

Watching Cosmos, hosted by Tyson, I was once again reminded that it wasn't the science alone that I was so passionately responding to; it was the inherent message about life itself that was revealed in each principle explained.

'Wet' Galactic Collisions and Grandiose Star Formation

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 09.14.2015 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

In the observable universe, galaxies (the gravitational grouping of stars, dust, gas and dark matter) come in three main flavors: spirals, ellipticals and irregulars. Yet each flavor has its own distinguishing characteristic.

New Clues on How Jupiter and Saturn Formed

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

The problem, as with most astronomical phenomena, is the huge timescales in which things happen. We therefore rely on supercomputers to feed them data and get simulations which show us what happens in thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, or billions of years.

The Farthest Object in the Universe

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 07.15.2015 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

Scientists at Caltech have confirmed the distance of the furthest galaxy known in the Universe as of today. The light from this very early celestial comes just 570 million years after the Big Bang.

When Two Galaxies Collide, Here's What Happens To Their Stars

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 07.13.2015 | Science

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'Blue Hook' Star Mystery Finally Solved

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza & David Freeman | Posted 07.10.2015 | Science

Astronomers may have just solved a mystery 10 billion years in the making. It has to do with so-called "blue hook" stars, which have less than hal...

The End of the Universe: Dependent of Gooeyness?

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 07.02.2015 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

The Big Rip, the Big Crunch, the Big Freeze, it pretty much sounds like a list of 'big' Hollywood B-movies. Funny as they may sound, these are some of the most fundamental theories for the beginning and the ending of the Universe.

Astronomers See Signs Of Universe's Earliest Stars

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Science

With help from giant telescopes on the ground and in space, astronomers have detected what may be some of the first stars ever to have formed in the u...

Discovery Of Rare Cosmic Quartet Baffles Astronomers

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Science

Call it the cosmic equivalent of winning the lottery: for the first time ever, astronomers have discovered four of the rare, super-luminous celestial ...

'Chaotic' Planets Make The Search For E.T. More Complicated

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.16.2015 | Science

When looking for alien life, astronomers pay special attention to planets in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" -- that is, planets that orbit their host...

David Freeman

Astronomers Discover What May Be The Biggest Thing In The Universe | David Freeman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Science

Astronomers are crowing about the discovery of what they say just might be "the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity." It's no...

Behold The Most Realistic Black Hole Simulation Yet

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Science

What happens when two black holes collide? Spectacular new simulations show the swirling action like never before, and they're definitely worth a watc...

Detailed Map of Dark Matter Announced

Don Lincoln | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science
Don Lincoln

Using a very sophisticated camera containing 570 million pixels, scientists imaged distant galaxies, looking for tiny distortions in the galaxies' shapes. This distortion is caused by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.

Weird Signals From Space Get... Even Weirder

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.02.2015 | Science

What are those things? For the past eight years, astronomers have been scratching their heads over a series of strange radio signals emanating fro...

'Tatooine' Planets May Be More Common Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Science

Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, may exist only in the make-believe world of Star Wars, but astronomers have long known that planets with two s...

David Freeman

The Milky Way May Be WAY Bigger Than We Thought | David Freeman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Science

How big is the Milky Way? Way bigger than we thought, it seems. Surprising new research suggests that our home galaxy is about 50 percent bigger th...

This Is The Fastest Star Ever Seen In Our Galaxy

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.17.2015 | Science

Almost a decade after its discovery, astronomers have learned that a compact star dubbed US 708 is moving faster than any other star ever observed in...

What Sunset Would Look Like If The Sun Were Swapped With Other Stars

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.05.2015 | Science

Ah, sunset. We've all enjoyed the sublime moment when the Earth spins on its axis and the sinking sun fills the sky with brilliant color. But what ...

Black Hole's Winds Carry The Energy Of More Than A Trillion Suns

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

If you think winter winds are fierce, get this: NASA says new measurements made by a pair of space telescopes show that the winds produced by a black ...

Here's Why Einstein's Theory Of Relativity Is Perfect

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science

A century has passed since Albert Einstein published his seminal paper on general relativity, and scientists are still using this iconic theory to exp...

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

James Geach | Posted 03.17.2015 | Science
James Geach

Have you ever looked out on a damp and dreary January day and considered that everything you see around you -- from the bare trees and the frost-fringed asphalt to the discarded newspaper -- is the culmination and product of nearly 14 billion years of cosmic history?

Vanishing Star Helps Astronomers See Space-Time Warp

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science

It's not easy to weigh a star, but an international team of astronomers has done just that. In fact, they've measured the masses of both stars in ...

Super-Colossal Hole Spotted On Sun As New Year Begins

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Science

Talk about big! A dark hole hundreds of times bigger than the Earth has been spotted on the surface of the sun. A photo of the enormous "coronal h...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares His Non-New Year's Resolutions

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a dim view of New Year's resolutions. "I generally don't have resolutions," he told The Huffington Post in an email. "For...