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Black Hole Riddle Has Astrophysicists Searching For Answer

Posted 08.03.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 08/02/2012 02:58 PM EDT on Black holes have long been cosmic mysteries, even as research in the past deca...

WATCH: 'MRI' Of Sun Yields Big Surprise

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

The sun isn't going to start having health problems for another few billion years, but that didn't stop a team of scientists from giving it a stellar ...

Comedian Gives Carl Sagan Papers To Library Of Congress

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 06.28.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- Seth MacFarlane once included a gag on his animated TV comedy "Family Guy" about an "edited for rednecks" version of Carl Sagan's "Cosmo...

'Failed Star' Study Sheds Light On Earth's Future

| Posted 06.15.2012 | Science

By Govert Schilling ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—Brown dwarfs are a sorry lot. If it wasn't bad enough that these Jupiter-sized "failed stars" are born too...

From Spider Webs to the Cosmic Web

Mario Livio | Posted 08.14.2012 | Arts
Mario Livio

For an astrophysicist, perhaps the most amazing aspect of 3D spider webs is how much they resemble computer simulations of the cosmic web -- the filamentary structure of the Dark Matter in the universe.

Mysterious Bright Spots May Verify Einstein Theory

| Posted 06.06.2012 | Science

By Ron Cowen (View original article) Even gravitational monsters can get the heave-ho. Two mysterious bright spots in a disheveled, distant galax...

Record-Setting Megatelescope Inspires International Rivalry

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2012 | Science

(Reuters) - A decision on where to site the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, either South Africa or Australia and New Zealand, could be m...

'Shocking' Study Challenges Long-Held Belief About Sun

Posted 05.11.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 05/10/2012 02:36 PM EDT on The sun is zipping through interstellar space more slowly than once thought,...

Far-Off Galaxies Show 'Battle' Between Black Holes, Baby Stars

Posted 05.10.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 05/09/2012 01:12 PM EDT on The intense energy and winds from gigantic black holes can block the birth of ...

Human Bodies Are Pelted By Mysterious Particles, Research Suggests

Posted 04.29.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 04/27/2012 03:59 PM EDT on Invisible dark matter particles may regularly pass through our bodies, and d...

Cosmic Mystery Deepens As 'Dark Matter' Study Yields Big Surprise

Posted 04.19.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 04/19/2012 10:00 AM EDT on A new study has found no trace of the mysterious substance known as dark matte...

PHOTOS: Most Powerful Telescope Ever Remains In Limbo

Posted 03.28.2012 | Science

It will be 50 times more powerful than any radio telescope now in existence, with 20 countries pitching in to support its massive $2-billion price tag...

Incredible Jewel-Like Galaxy Discovered By Astronomers

| Sid Perkins | Posted 03.23.2012 | Science

The vast majority of galaxies are either flattened, disklike spirals like our own Milky Way, ellipsoidal rugby ball-shaped blobs, or irregular clumps ...

LISTEN: Solar Storm 'Sounds' Other-Worldly In New Video

Posted 03.21.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 03/20/2012 02:03 PM EDT on A new video captures the frenzied sounds of a sun storm, based on data recorde...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Origins, Aliens, And Multiple Dimensions | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.20.2012 | Science

2012-03-19-Screenshot20120319at10.31.42AM.jpgFrom intelligent alien life to our stellar origins, how to think outside of the three-dimensional box to what baffles one of the great thinkers of our time, this was a conversation I won't soon forget.

LOOK: Vast Star Cluster Shines In High-Res Hubble Telescope Image

Posted 03.17.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 03/16/2012 12:26 PM EDT on Hundreds of thousands of glittering stars shine in a cluster at the center of ...

WATCH: Solar Flare Looks Like UFO Refueling From Sun

Posted 03.14.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 03/13/2012 05:28 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Telescope images captured of the sun on Monday (March 12) show ...

WATCH: 'Armageddon' Nuke Plan Eyed For Saving Earth From Asteroid

Posted 03.12.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 03/12/2012 11:33 AM EDT on A well-placed nuclear explosion could actually save humanity from a big asteroid h...

Cara Santa Maria

TALK NERDY TO ME: Our Favorite Astrophysicist Geeks Out | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.28.2012 | Science


Milky Way Awash In Starless 'Rogue' Planets, Study Suggests

Posted 02.26.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 02/24/2012 11:44 AM EST on Our Milky Way galaxy may be teeming with rogue planets that ramble through s...

Unusual Alien Super-Earth May Be First 'Waterworld'

Posted 02.22.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 02/21/2012 11:33 AM EST on Scientists have discovered a new type of alien planet — a steamy waterworl...

I'm With Stupid: The Bizarro Mirror at the Center of the Universe

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.11.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Based on my routinely exhibited ability to make grandiose statements that can't be proven wrong but for which I nevertheless have no proof, I've always thought I would make an excellent astrophysicist.

Solar Storm Helps Solve 'Killer Electrons' Mystery

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 01.30.2012 | Science

Solar storms like the massive one that's currently hitting Earth don't just give us great aurora imagery. UCLA researchers have published a paper in N...

Saturn on Steroids: Ringed Alien World Glimpsed Outside Solar System

| Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.13.2012 | Science

AUSTIN, Texas – An enigmatic object detected five years ago in space may be a ringed alien world comparable to Saturn, the first such world discove...

PHOTO: Dark Matter Map Is Largest Ever

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 01.09.2012 | Science

This story was updated at 11:47 a.m. ET.AUSTIN, Texas — The hidden side of the universe is now a bit more illuminated thanks to the largest map ...