Category: Astronomy

Four New Planets Found… In the Same Star System

The Kepler spacecraft has been finding planets all over the place during its K2 mission. To date, it has found 104 confirmed planets among 197 star systems surveyed. Yesterday, NASA announced four more planetary finds, […]

Without a Doubt, the Coolest Planet Ever

It’s hard to imagine that at one time scientists were unsure whether planets even existed outside out solar system. Now, it seems like lately there is a new planet discovered every week – it’s almost become […]

You’re the Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things

One of Saturn’s rings is broken and it’s all Prometheus’ fault – at least so scientists think. The Cassini spacecraft captured this picture of something disrupting the planet’s thin, delicate “F” ring. This type of […]

Hubble Snaps a Pic of Bubble Nebula

NASA’s astronomy pic of the day is a pretty darned cool one. It’s of a nebula designated NGC 7635 – also called the Bubble Nebula. A lot of nebulas show up as chaotic blobs. This one has a […]

Gone in 20 Minutes: A Star Goes Supernova

For the first time ever, scientists have seen a star go supernova via visual light. The massively destructive process happened to the star KSN 2011d, a previously red giant star that was about 500 times the […]

Monster Black Hole Found

Between 25,000 and 28,000 light years away is a super-massive black hole. It weighs in at more than four million times the mass of our Sun. No matter escapes it. No light escapes it. It has […]

Cyanide for an Atmosphere and 1800 in the Shade

Scientists from  London and Leuven, Belgium recently published a paper with information about the super-Earth planet 55 Cancri e. Through observations with the WFC3 camera onboard the Hubble Space Telescope, they say its likely that the planet […]

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have detected gravitational waves”

About 1.3 billion years ago, about 1.3 billion light years away, a black hole with a mass of 39 times that of our Sun, met a slightly smaller one with 26 times the mass of […]

Ripples in Space Time – Is a Big Announcement Coming?

UPDATE: Gravitational Waves Discovered! Albert Einstein theorized that when cosmic-level events take place, such as a supernova or two massive black holes meeting, space and time actually warp, creating gravitational waves. The Laser  Interferometer Gravitational-Wave […]