Why the SpaceX satellite fleet could spell major headaches for astronomers

It’s an unexpected side effect of a useful plan.

Every point of light in this photo is a galaxy

Kind of puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

How to “Weigh” Baby Planets

Weighing without using a scale.

Meet TESS — he’ll be finding exoplanets for the next few years

NASA’s future planet hunter has arrived — and it’s set for glory.

Astronomers find the most distant star ever, looking through a galactic magnifying glass

The findings might help piece together the evolution of the universe.

You can search for your own exoplanets — Researchers make huge dataset available

The search for extraterrestrial life is about to get some new recruits — us.

The GLEAM team shows us how space would look if we could see radio waves

Hint: it would be spectacular.

China finished work on FAST, the world’s largest radio telescope

Built to boldly probe where no man has probed before.

China is building the world’s largest radio telescope – and it’s almost done

China is currently building the world’s largest radio telescope, that will be capable to detect signs of life from billions of light years away. A new drone video has been released by China Central Television Station showed the latest progress of this telescope, and it’s absolutely amazing.

Millions of supermassive black holes are hiding under thick blankets of dust and gas

Our Universe may be riddled with millions of supermassive black holes, a new study reports. The reason why we haven’t yet discovered them is because they are shrouded in thick clouds of dust and gas, and because we weren’t looking with the right telescope. Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite observatory, astronomers from Durham University in Britain detected the

Earth-like planet spotted for the first time with a ground-based telescope

Space-based telescopes have been used to spot planets (even Earth-like planets) for years now, but this is the first time ever that a ground-based telescope has detected an Earth like planet. A telescope based on the ground in La Palma (one of the Canary Islands) called Nordic has found 55 Cancri e, an exoplanet two times bigger than Earth orbiting a star much

Mind-Blowing $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope begins construction in Hawaii

After years of planning and engineering schemes, the construction of the $1.4 billion telescope in Hawaii has finally begun. The unimaginatively named Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will provide astronomers with unparalleled power to observe the stars – it will have a resolution 10 times better than Hubble. The telescope is designed for observations from near-ultraviolet to mid-infrared (0.31 to 28 μm

The most exotic material on the planet: researchers find dust from beyond the solar system

Researchers believe they have found seven dust specs from outside the solar system. This is the first time we have the chance to directly analyze interstellar matter. The material was probably ejected from a supernova.

Europe will blast the top of a Chilean mountain to install the first telescope which directly studies signs of life on other planets

You just gotta love European engineers! They’re about to blast away the top of a Chilean mountain to create a site for the European Extremely Large Telescope. This telescope will, for the first time, allow astronomers to directly observe planets outside the solar system. The telescope will be called the European Extremely Large Telescope… which is really not the most original name

A strange, lonely planet found without a star

An international discovered a young, exotic, rogue planet – PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass six times that of Jupiter; it was formed apporximately 12 million years ago – which makes it a newborn in terms of planets (the Earth was formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago. “We have never before seen an

Massive dark energy survey launched set to probe its secrets

Dark energy is the mysterious force that drives the Universe’s expansion at an ever increased pace. Probing and understanding this force is thus imperative for astronomers’ and cosmologists’  efforts of peering through the Universe’s secrets. Recently, a new massive project set on probing the nature of dark energy was launched, called the  Dark Energy Survey (DES), and its future findings are

World’s largest telescope to be raised atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea summit

After much heated discussions, Hawaiian officials have granted a permit which will finally allow the highly anticipated Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to be built on the site of the Mauna Kea summit. Once completed it will stand as the largest optical telescope in the world, allowing astronomers to achieve things they’ve only dreamed about in the past like peering straight through

Seeing stars during daytime – is it possible?

The short answer is, no. Not with the naked eye at least, but if you use a highly potent set of binoculars or a telescope, this is indeed possible. There are a number of accounts, some dating back from ancient times, that tell of how star gazing is possible during the daytime. Various old wives’ tales speak of the possibility of seeing

IBM to develop world’s most powerful computing system tasked with finding origins of Universe

Backed by an international consortium, ten years from now the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world will be built – the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). The project will consist in thousands of antennas displaced across thousands of miles, with a collecting area equivalent to one square kilometer (hence the name), that will hopefully help astronomers take

International Megascience – world’s biggest telescope to be built

As far as science goes, most of the time size really does matter. Think of a tiny amateur telescope how insignificant it seems, but yet how revealing it can be for the observer – multiply this by a million times the effect and size and you’ve got yourself the  Square Kilometer Array (SKA), one of the most ambitious international joint