Astrophysics News


Introducing "Hoptunes", a New Class of Exoplanets that Could Help Solve the Mystery of Worlds in Scorching Orbits

The processes that bring about "Hoptunes" likely extend to the rise of hot, Jupiter-like gas giants, too, pointing to a shared origin.


Rare First Moment of Stellar Explosion Captured by Amateur Astronomer

Observation has helped an international team of researchers validate theoretical predictions about the such stellar explosions.


45-Year-Old Telescope Gets a Makeover to Demystify Dark Energy

Installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument begins at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.​


Modeling the Universe

MIT's Mark Vogelsberger and an international astrophysics team have created a new model pointing to black holes’ role in galaxy formation.​


High-resolution X-ray Gratings Enable State-of-the-Art Spectrometer

Tech will enable future x-ray missions to detect high-energy astrophysical sources such as black hole winds and hot gas in the cosmic web.​


Citizen Scientists Discover Five Tightly Packed Exoplanets

The planetary system’s dense configuration gives clues to its formation.​


Dark Energy Survey Publicly Releases First Three Years of Data

Also announces  discovery  of eleven stellar streams, evidence of small galaxies being eaten by the Milky Way.


Earliest Galaxies in the Universe’s History Spun Like the Milky Way

With a telescope, scientists have for the first time identified normal star-forming galaxies at a very early stage in cosmic history.


Using GAIA to Detect Low Frequency Gravitational Waves

Cambridge astronomers have made the first investigation of the sensitivity of the GAIA satellite to ultra-low frequency gravitational waves.​


A New Window on the Universe

KITP hosts a rapid-response program to explore myriad new astrophysical insights from a double neutron star merger