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Strange 'Warp' Seen In Galaxy's Outer Reaches | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 05.15.2014 | Science

New observations of five young variable stars reveal a strange thickening in farflung regions of the Milky Way galaxy. Known as Cepheid variables, th...

Newfound Stellar Trio May Put Einstein Theory To The Test

| ADRIAN CHO | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

In a cosmic coup, astronomers have found a celestial beacon known as a pulsar in orbit with not one, but two other stars. The first-of-its-kind trio c...

CONFIRMED: Decades-Old Prediction Of Dead Star's Shifting Fields | Jesse Emspak | Posted 11.06.2013 | Science

For the first time, astronomers have tracked the evolution of a pulsar's magnetic field over time, watching as it slowly tilts toward the dead star's ...

WATCH: Odd Spinning Star May Hold Key To Cosmic Mystery

The Huffington Post | Miriam Kramer | Posted 09.26.2013 | Science

A perplexing fast-spinning star just might be the "missing link" in a long-standing pulsar mystery, scientists say. The so-called neutron star — a ...

Scientists Make Bizarre Discovery | Posted 08.18.2013 | Science

A strange, pulsing star has revealed a powerful magnetic field around the giant black hole at the heart of Earth’s Milky Way galaxy, scientists say....

EXPLAINED: Why Our Black Hole Is Such A Picky Eater

| Ron Cowen | Posted 08.15.2013 | Science

A strange type of star never before found near the Milky Way’s center is providing new clues about the bizarre behavior of the supermassive black ho...

Scientists Propose New Way To Study Rare Alien Planets

Posted 10.02.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, Contributor Published: 10/01/2012 05:58 PM EDT on Alien worlds that orbit the energetic dead stars know...

160 Billion Exoplanets and Counting

Kyle Jarrard | Posted 07.31.2012 | Science
Kyle Jarrard

News like this -- that the galaxy is bristling with potential broadcast platforms -- will only embolden these go-go pioneers. Hand them 160 billion planets and what will they say? What they've been saying all along: They just have to be out there -- meaning them.

Memories of a special moment with Don Backer

SETI Institute | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

Don Backer, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley who discovered the first millisecond pulsar, died on July 25. He was director ...