astrophysics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on astrophysics


How did Uranus end up on its side? We've been finding out

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:00 AM

New research, published in the 'Astrophysical Journal,' offers a clue

URANUS. Uranus seen in this false-color view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NASA

How astrophysics could transform treatment of cystic fibrosis, other rare diseases

Oct 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

How can doctors predict which patient will respond best to which treatment? We have developed a new technique based on astrophysical research, published in PLOS One, that may be a game changer.


Neutron star smashup 'transforms' our understanding of Universe

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:19 AM

For the first time, scientists have witnessed the cataclysmic crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars in a galaxy far away

DISCOVERY. Samara Nissanke, Representative of the Virgo Interferometer, speaks during a presentation at the ESO speaks during a presentation at the ESO (European Southern Hemisphere) German headquarters in Garching near Munich, southern Germany, on October 16, 2017. Christof Stache/AFP

Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India – NASA

Feb 10, 2016 - 11:54 PM

Meteors are particles of dust and rock that usually burn up as they pass through Earth s atmosphere Those that do not burn up completely surviving the fall to Earth are known as meteorites

NOT A METEORITE? A 35-minute-long exposure shows stars trailing across the sky over the mountain home Karadzica, some 40km. south- west from the capitol Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia early on 07 November 2015 . EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Hubble at 25, Google's Project Fi, Chile volcanic eruption | SciTech4u

Apr 27, 2015 - 3:30 PM

That and the girl who proved Einstein right in this week s episode of SciTech4u

Happy birthday, Hubble! Celestial 'fireworks' for space telescope's 25th

Apr 23, 2015 - 10:28 PM

NASA releases a photo that best captures Hubble s main job for the past quarter century: revealing the magnificence of the cosmos

Hubble: The telescope that revolutionized our view of space

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:03 AM

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

'Impossibly large' ancient black hole challenges theories

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:52 AM

With a mass 12 billion times that of our Sun the black hole formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang that created the Universe 13 7 billion years ago

This is an artist's impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant universe. Image courtesy Zhaoyu Li/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Misti Mountain Observatory

Milky Weigh: Scientists take weight of the galaxy

Jul 31, 2014 - 3:11 PM

The study led by the University of Edinburgh is the first time that scientists have been able to measure accurately the mass of the galaxy that contains our solar system

A panorama of the Southern Sky above the Paranal platform, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, 9 December 2009. H.H. Heyer/ESO

Big Bang breakthrough team: We may be wrong

Jun 20, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Some scientists also express doubts about the findings of the BICEP2 team

File photo by AFP

Experts cast doubt on Big Bang bolstering discovery

Jun 14, 2014 - 2:36 PM

A possible Nobel Prize contender the findings are met with skepticism by astrophysicists

MAJOR EVIDENCE. American scientists have detected echoes of the Big Bang 14 billion years ago. File photo by AFP

US scientists find major evidence of Big Bang

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:18 AM

The detection of these gravitational waves represents the last untested element of Albert Einstein s general theory of relativity filling in a major gap in our understanding of how the universe was born

Planetary 'bonanza': NASA discovers 715 new planets

Feb 27, 2014 - 11:06 AM

A new method for verifying potential planets led to the volume of new discoveries from Kepler which aims to help humans search for other worlds that may be like Earth

PLANETARY BONANZA. The artist concept depicts multiple-transiting planet systems, which are stars with more than one planet. The planets eclipse or transit their host star from the vantage point of the observer. This angle is called edge-on. Image courtesy of NASA

When stars explode, it's a messy business

Feb 20, 2014 - 8:10 AM

With the help of a new high energy X ray telescope NASA says astronomers are closer than ever to seeing just what s going on behind these stellar explosions

SUPER EXPLOSION. This is the first map of radioactivity in a supernova remnant, the blown-out bits and pieces of a massive star that exploded. The blue color shows radioactive material mapped in high-energy X-rays using NuSTAR. NASA/JPL-Caltech/CXC/SAO

Earth appears to be an oddity, astronomers say

Jan 07, 2014 - 6:51 AM

Experts say that while super Earths and mini Neptunes are common they bear little resemblance to the planet we call home

EARTHRISE. This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the fourth nearside orbit, in its original orientation. Image by the Apollo 8 crew, 24 December 1968. Image courtesy NASA

Most detailed 'blueprint' of ancient Universe released

Mar 21, 2013 - 8:50 PM

The most detailed map of fossil radiation from the Big Bang has been released shedding new light to our understanding of the origins of the Universe

PLANCK CMB. The "map" of the cosmic microwave background radiation created by the Planck mission. The CMB is a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe, imprinted on the sky when the Universe was just 380 000 years old. It shows tiny temperature fluctuations that correspond to regions of slightly different densities, representing the seeds of all future structure: the stars and galaxies of today. ESA/PLANCK COLLABORATION

Astronomers report startling find on planet formation

Dec 01, 2012 - 8:57 AM

Astronomers are reporting a find that challenges traditional theories as to how rocky planets such as Earth are formed