NASA scientist receives top astrophysics prize

Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array mission (NuSTAR), has been awarded the top prize in high-energy astrophysics.

Short astronomy course at Birla Institute

For those seeking a more in-depth examination of space topics, M P Birla Institute of Fundamental Research is conducting a course in Astronomy and Astrophysics. 

New calculation methods to find atomic properties

By combining advanced mathematics with high-performance computing, scientists have developed a tool that allows them to calculate a fundamental property of most atoms on the periodic table to historic accuracy. The technique could also be used to determine a host of other atomic properties important in fields like nuclear medicine and astrophysics.

First standardised way to measure stars

The same way we need values to measure everything from temperature to time, astronomers have now developed a new stellar scale as a "ruler" to help them classify and compare data on star discoveries.

55-yr-old `Dark side of the Moon` mystery solved

The Man in the Moon appeared when meteoroids struck the Earth-facing side of the Moon creating large flat seas of basalt that we see as dark areas called maria.

New simulations provide clues to galaxies` mass

A new set of simulations have revealed that the energy released by individual stars within galaxies can have a substantial effect on where matter is located in the universe.

Newly discovered galaxy puzzles astronomers

Researchers are puzzled over their new discovery of Himiko, which is an enormous galaxy, with a hot glowing gaseous halo extending over 55,000 light-years.

New celestial object blurs line between planets and brown dwarfs

A new celestial object, located nearly 500 light years away from the Sun, has challenged traditional understandings about how planets and stars form.

`Super-Earths` have Earth-like climate, life next?

Super-Earths or massive terrestrial planets dotting our galaxy the Milky Way, may haveEmore earth-like climate then scientists have ever thought.

How binary stars are formed

Scientists, using the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), have discovered previously-unseen binary companions to a pair of very young protostars, which has now provided strong support for one of the competing explanations for how double-star systems form.

Ambitious assessment of galaxy formation simulations launched

A team of many astrophysicists have launched an ambitious new multiyear project - named AGORA (Assembling Galaxies of Resolved Anatomy) - to understand and resolve inconsistencies among different galaxy formation simulations.

Gamma-ray burst breaks record for biggest cosmic explosion

Cosmic explosion caused by the death of a star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world after it occurred in April.

Unusual new type of black-hole quasar discovered

A research team has discovered a surprising new class of quasars- a super-bright disk of hot gas surrounding a black hole- in distant galaxies that even the most current theories had not predicted.

Black holes abundant among earliest stars

An international team of astronomers has discovered evidence of a significant number of black holes that accompanied the first stars in the universe.

NASA on mission to discover more planets and stars

NASA`s Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected two missions for launch in 2017 - a planet-hunting satellite and an International Space Station instrument to observe X-rays from stars.

Computer models that help explain how galaxies formed created

An astronomer makes use of large computers for understanding how galaxies formed billions of years ago and how they continue to evolve in our contemporary universe.

`Powerful` gamma ray burst may have `hit Earth in 8th Century`

A new study has suggested that a gamma ray burst, the most powerful explosion known in the Universe, may have hit the Earth in the 8th Century.

UK team to look for universe’s 1st exploding star

The research was made possible by a 2.3 million euro European Research Council grant.

Aussie student finds universe`s `missing mass`

The mystery material was located within vast structures called "filaments of galaxies".