A supernova in our galactic neighbourhood

An amateur Russian astronomer has observed a Supernova in M82, a galaxy that is only 12 million light years away (a walk to the chemist on cosmic scales). The supernova has been confirmed as a...

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...

Kepler has discovered the most Earth-like planet yet

The NASA's Kepler Space Telescope team have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone". The habitable zone, also known as the "Goldilock zone", is the area around a start where...

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

Hawking's 'The Universe In a Nutshell' was one of the first astronomy books that I read. It was a revelation and it solidified in me the desire to become an astrophysicist, and the need...

What’s The Best Name For A Moon’s Moon?

The latest episode of The Astroholic LIVE was able to accidentally capture (or presciently if you want to give me more credit) the zeitgeist of this week’s discussion about moons. We talked about the...
The Omega Centauri cluster. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

The Alpha and The Omega (Centauri) of Habitable Planets

Finding out if there is life in the Universe is far from easy and even the preliminary steps are full of uncertainties. Planetary scientists don’t completely agree on what ingredients make a planet habitable,...

Supermassive Black Hole in RX J1532: the Destroyer of Worlds

From the NASA website: Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and a suite of other telescopes to reveal one of the most powerful black holes known. The black hole has created enormous structures in...

Seeing Steve – Observing the new Aurora phenomenon 

As you might have seen in a previous post, I was recently in the Arctic circle and was lucky enough to enjoy the natural spectacle of the Aurora borealis! Northern lights are weird; I...

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