Astronomers confirm the most distant object in the Solar System

  • February 14, 2021
The most distant Solar System object, Farout, has lost its crown after just two years. As Inverse reports, astronomers have confirmed that the planetoid Farfarout is now the farthest known Solar System object. It's currently 132AU, or about 12.3…

Hubble researchers find a gaggle of small black holes

  • February 13, 2021
Larger black holes may be the usual attention-getters, but the smaller ones may be at least as important. A team using the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a concentration of small black holes in the NGC 6397 globular star cluster (pictured abov…

Scientists may have found the background ripples of the universe

  • January 19, 2021
Scientists may have identified the gravitational waves that make up some of the universe’s background, not just those coming from unusual events like black hole collisions. New Atlas reports that the NANOGrav research team has discovered a “strong si…

Voyager probes detect a new form of cosmic ray burst from the Sun

  • December 5, 2020
The Voyager probes are still contributing to science over 40 years later and billions of miles from home. Researchers have detected a new form of cosmic ray electron burst using instruments aboard Voyager 1 and 2. Coronal mass ejections from the Sun…

Japan will send an 8K camera to Mars and its moons

  • September 13, 2020
It’s difficult to justify 8K video here on Earth, but that isn’t stopping Japan from capturing ultra-high resolution imagery elsewhere in the Solar System. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and broadcaster NHK are developing 4K and 8K cameras (v…

Hitting the Books: Volcanoes, mortal enemy of the mighty telescope

  • August 15, 2020
Humans are, as a species, hardwired to explore. We conquered the planet thanks to untold generations of people needing to see what lay over the next hill or around the next river bend and our infatuation with the stars is no different — we’ve wondere…

Scientists locate the first fast radio burst in the Milky Way

  • June 15, 2020
Fast radio bursts in the cosmos might not be quite so mysterious before long. Astronomers have detected the first known burst coming from within the Milky Way galaxy. It originated with the SGR 1935+2154 magnetar (a neutron star surrounded by intense…