Astronomers discover Earth-sized exoplanet with very short orbital period

Archival images of EPIC 228813918, demonstrating its proper motion over nearly six decades. The images are from (i) 1954, (ii) 1992, and (iii) 2012. Each image is 50 by 50, … Continue reading Astronomers discover Earth-sized exoplanet with very short orbital period

Hold Onto Your Brain: There Might Be Twice as Many Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe

A new discovery has potentially doubled the number of supermassive black holes that astronomers thought existed in our Universe. Supermassive black holes were traditionally thought to be at the centre … Continue reading Hold Onto Your Brain: There Might Be Twice as Many Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe

Meet ‘DeeDee,’ a distant, dim member of our solar system

Artist concept of the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee. ALMA was able to observe the faint millimeter-wavelength “glow” emitted by the object, confirming it is roughly … Continue reading Meet ‘DeeDee,’ a distant, dim member of our solar system

Epic Cassini Saturn Mission Begins ‘Grand Finale’ This Month

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s veteran Cassini mission will officially kick off its farewell tour of the Saturn system on April 22 with a final close encounter of the ringed planet’s … Continue reading Epic Cassini Saturn Mission Begins ‘Grand Finale’ This Month