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Gravitational Lensing

'Real-Time' Analysis Shows Just How Our Universe Is Expanding

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.30.2014 | Science

The universe is expanding — and it is doing so at the same rate in all directions, according to new measurements that appear to confirm the standa...

Astronomers Reveal Monster Black Hole's Dizzying Speed

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 03.06.2014 | Science

For the first time, astronomers have directly measured how fast a black hole spins, clocking its rotation at nearly half the speed of light. The dis...

Mystery Of Big Bang's Echo Solved?

natureheader | Eugenie Samuel Reich | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science

Soon after the Big Bang, there were tiny ripples: quantum fluctuations in the density of the seething ball of hot plasma. Billions of years later, tho...

Einstein's Weird Prediction Simulated On Tiny Chip

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science

It took two major expeditions charting the solar eclipse of 1919 to verify Albert Einstein’s weird prediction about gravity — that it distorts the...

WATCH: Dead Star Bends Light From Giant Companion

Posted 04.08.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/08/2013 08:52 AM EDT on SPACE.com NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has witnessed an ultradense dead star b...

Key Einstein Idea Put To Test In New Research

Posted 01.16.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 01/16/2013 12:56 PM EST on SPACE.com A new study of one of the universe's fundamental constants casts doubt on a pop...

Scientists Get First Glimpse Of Dark Matter 'Filament'

Posted 07.05.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 07/04/2012 01:51 PM EDT on SPACE.com A giant string of invisible dark matter has been discovered across the unive...

Acronyms and the Astronomers Who Love Them: Science at the Boston University Institute for Astrophysical Research

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 02.14.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

Boston University's astronomy department recently decided to take advantage of the crowds that come for Public Observing Night by holding lectures one Wednesday a month about the research they do.