Category Archives: AstroNews

Atmosphere Detected Around A Small Super-Earth

If we want to discover signs of life on an exoplanet, our best option is to study its atmosphere, which is easier said than done. The exoplanets whose atmospheres have been studied so far don’t seem to have what we would consider ‘life-friendly’ conditions. But

See A Baby Star Hatching From Its Birth Cloud

A new-born star cloaked in a golden veil stands starkly against the black filament of the Circinus cloud. While it might sound like the beginning of a fantasy novel, this is simply the description of this spectacular Hubble Image The Space Telescope caught a phenomenal

Huge Black Hole Found Accidentally In Three-Way Merger

The wonderful thing about astronomy is that you might discover amazing things even when you’re not looking for them. This is the case for a team of Australian astronomers who were testing a new radio telescope and stumbled on an incredible finding. The researchers discovered

Why the discovery of gravitational waves is so important

Today, in my day job I wrote about the momentous discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO. There are four major discoveries associated with the detection: First of all, today it was announced that on 14th September 2015 gravitational waves were observed by both LIGO detectors.

Alfredo’s Top 5 Physics & Astrophysics Stories Of 2015

NASA’s discovery of water on Mars Billions of years ago, Mars looked more welcoming to life than Earth was at the time. We have seen evidence of ancient lakes and river beds, but nowadays water on the surface of Mars exist almost entirely as ice.

The Universe’s composition is the same everywhere

The Japanese X-ray satellite SUZAKU has looked at the distribution of gas around the Virgo cluster, a large galaxy cluster close to the Milky Way and the second brightest in X-rays. It discovered that the elements needed to make living organisms, planets and spiced-up stars

The Very Hungry Supermassive Black Hole

We all get the munchies, but when you’re a supermassive black hole (SMBH) your hunger might have dire consequences. And just like that an SMBH has outgrown its galaxy and jumped to the top of the heavyweight objects in the universe.

About 12 billion light years from us, there is a galaxy called CID-947. It has a mass similar to our own Milky Way (about 1000 billion times the mass of the Sun) and it was only remarkable because it had an active galactic nucleus (AGN, i.e. an accreting SMBH).