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Cosmic Dust Mystery May Have Just Been Solved

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science

Astronomers watching a supernova may have found out where the dust that makes up much of the Universe came from.Cosmic dust is crucial to the birth of...

"Smoking Gun' Discovery Shows How Biggest, Brightest Stars Die

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 05.22.2014 | Science

The most massive and luminous stars were long suspected to explode when they die, and astronomers now have the most direct evidence yet that these co...

Ryan Kristobak

Ray LaMontagne's 'Supernova': 'The Most Pure Me Record I've Ever Done'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment

After Ray LaMontagne released the first singles off of his fifth record, "Supernova," a number of comments appeared on Facebook and YouTube from liste...

We Were Wrong About 'Supernova' Cave Art, Astronomer Says

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Thousands of years ago a star exploded in a supernova, leaving behind the glorious riot of colored gas we see now as the Crab Nebula. The light from t...

Has Ailing Probe Finally Solved Mystery Of Exploding Stars?

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

They are cosmic detonations that briefly outshine the light of entire galaxies. And they were a crucial tool in the discovery of dark energy, the forc...

LOOK: Giant Telescope Snaps Killer Views Of Cosmic Dust Factory

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — New views from a giant radio telescope in Chile are revealing massive amounts of dust created by an exploding star for the first time....

Star of Bethlehem: Heavenly and Scientific Mystery

Dean Regas | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Dean Regas

At this time of year, people often ask for my astronomical/religious opinion: "What was the Star of Bethlehem?" What was this heavenly sign that a savior, that a Messiah, that Jesus was born? Can modern science prove what this object really was?

Secrets Of 'Once-In-A-Century' Cosmic Explosion Revealed

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.21.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers call it the monster. It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would...

The Nearest Supernova in Modern Times

Mario Livio | Posted 11.17.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Supernova explosions occur when the dense core of a massive star collapses to form a neutron star (a very compact object, only about 12 miles in diameter), producing copious amounts of neutrinos in the process.

The Perseids: Our Connection to the Stars

Jim Moore | Posted 10.12.2013 | Science
Jim Moore

It is time for the Perseid meteor shower, August's illuminating pre-dawn treat for sky gazers. The fiery streaks of dust and sand-sized bits of grit are the sparkling wake residue of comet Swift-Tuttle, last seen in northern hemisphere skies in 1992.

Have Astronomers Found New Form Of Matter?

Space.com | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 06.27.2013 | Science

A rare state of matter dubbed "nuclear pasta" appears to exist only inside ultra-dense objects called neutron stars, astronomers say. There, the nuc...

WATCH: 'Eye-Wateringly Bright' Star Explosion Breaks Record

Posted 05.07.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/06/2013 05:49 PM EDT on SPACE.com Two NASA space telescopes have captured what appears to be the most powerful sta...

LOOK: Dead Star Leaves Ghostly Remains

Posted 05.02.2013 | Science

The "thin, blood-red shells" of gas in this amazing deep-space image are SNR 0519, the remains of a sun-like star that exploded in a supernova about 6...

Two Meteorites With VERY Exotic Origins Identified

Posted 04.28.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 04/28/2013 10:26 AM EDT on SPACE.com Two surprising grains of sand in a pair of meteorites that landed on Earth sug...

Spectacular Supernova Sparks Major Debate

Posted 04.21.2013 | Science

By John Matson All supernovae are bright. When a star ends its life in a cataclysmic explosion, it emits a burst of energy and light that can outshi...

Mystery Of Massive 1604 Star Explosion Finally Solved

Posted 04.18.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon Published: 04/18/2013 06:21 AM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists have conducted a postmortem exam on the last gigantic star explosion e...

Fossils May Show Traces Of Ancient Supernova

natureheader | Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By Alexandra Witze Sediment in a deep-sea core may hold radioactive iron spewed by a distant supernova 2.2 million years ago and preserved in the fos...

Evolution

Mario Livio | Posted 06.11.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

One of the most remarkable things that modern science has taught us is that spanning a vast range of phenomena, evolution appears to be the norm.

Record-Setting Star Explosion Spied By Space Telescope

Posted 04.04.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 04/04/2013 11:44 AM EDT on SPACE.com Astronomers have spotted the most distant massive star explosion of its kind, a s...

Strange 'Runt' Supernova Could Be New Type

| Posted 03.27.2013 | Science

By Sid Perkins Some of the most powerful explosions in the universe just got a bit more varied. Astronomers have already categorized two broad group...

Mysterious 'Structure' Spotted In Monster Black Hole

Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd Published: 02/28/2013 02:17 PM EST on SPACE.com Astronomers studying an unusual black hole system have spotted a never-before...

Cosmic Rays' Mysterious Origins Revealed

| Posted 02.16.2013 | Science

By Daniel Clery For the past century, physicists have puzzled over cosmic rays, particles (mostly protons) that hurtle through space at high spe...

Star Explosion Mystery Solved After 150 Years

Posted 02.03.2013 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd Published: 02/02/2013 08:53 AM EST on SPACE.com After a stellar explosion was reported in 1866, British astronomer John Hersc...

LOOK: Celestial Wonder Looks Uncannily Like Animal

Posted 01.19.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 01/19/2013 09:45 AM EST on SPACE.com A watery-looking nebula in deep space is being renamed after the sea creature ...

WATCH: Spinning Star Glows Like Eerie Mask In Space

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.09.2013 | Science

The Vela pulsar is watching you. That's what it looks like in this amazing video from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory that shows the exploded neu...