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Bohemian Renaissance Man: An Interview With Dr. Brian May, Rock Star And Astrophysicist

Nick Simmons | Posted 07.11.2016 | Entertainment
Nick Simmons

There are things known, and things unknown, and in between is Brian May.

Satirical Nerdcore Rapper M.C. Hawking Set to Perform For Stephen Hawking at STARMUS Festival

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.22.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Imitating Stephen Hawking is a bold move, but doing it with wit and satire is an endearing statement. Hailing from Gloucester, Massachusetts is musici...

Birthday Black Holes

Rana X Adhikari | Posted 06.22.2016 | Science
Rana X Adhikari

A few days after my birthday last year, the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) project detected its first ever signal from the...

The Universe May Be Expanding Way Faster Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.20.2016 | Science

Astrophysicist Adam Riess shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for research showing that the universe isn’t simply expanding (something we’ve kn...

How Did We Wind Up in Such an Unlikely Universe?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.13.2016 | Science
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Michael Bass UCF Forum columnist Not long ago the Public Broadcasting Service program NOVA presented an episode called "The Great Math Mystery." I...

Supermassive Black Holes Could Be More Common Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 04.07.2016 | Science

This is heavy. The universe may be teeming with supermassive black holes, suggests new research that could completely overhaul scientists' understandi...

To Land on an Asteroid

Marc Dantonio | Posted 03.28.2016 | Science
Marc Dantonio

The OSIRIS-REx satellite is scheduled for launch as early as September 3, 2016, and is slated to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu on August 2018. It will match speed with the asteroid and perform a touch and go sample mission sometime in late 2019.

Lucia Perez, Aspiring Astrophysicist

Diane Propsner | Posted 02.22.2016 | College
Diane Propsner

Photo Caption: Lucia Perez and Dr. Medupe with the 16" telescope at North West University in Mafikeng, South Africa. In my last blog post, New Year,...

What Would Happen If Earth Fell Into A Black Hole?

The Conversation US | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.17.2016 | Science

Black holes have long been a source of much excitement and intrigue. And interest regarding black holes will surely grow now that gravitational waves ...

Gravitational Waves: Why Are Scientists Celebrating?

Bryan Gaensler | Posted 02.12.2016 | Science
Bryan Gaensler

There have been many scientific highlights of physics and astronomy in recent years: the Higgs Boson, landing a probe on a comet, and an amazing fly-by of Pluto. But all this is dwarfed by what has been announced this week. A new era of science has begun.

One Of Einstein's Major Theories Confirmed

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.12.2016 | Science

Albert Einstein was right! He hypothesized a century ago that gravitational waves exist, and rumors have been swirling for months that scientists have...

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, ac...

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 07.15.2016 | 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

People often talk about two worlds colliding, but what about two galaxies? It turns out that scientists now know what happens when a large galaxy cras...

'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 07.02.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.