This Record-Breaking ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

This Record-Breaking 'Black Widow' Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

One of the most extreme stars in the Milky Way just got even more wack. Scientists have measured the mass of a neutron star named PSR J0952-0607, and found that it’s the most massive neutron star discovered yet, clocking in at a whopping 2.35 times the mass of the Sun. If true, this is very … Read more

This Runaway Star Is Zipping Through Space at Over 160,000 Kilometers Per Hour

This Runaway Star Is Zipping Through Space at Over 160,000 Kilometers Per Hour

Not all stars are happy to just hang around, orbiting the galactic center with all the other stars. Some stars go rogue, punted out across the Milky Way with significant force. These are the runaway stars, and we can trace their trajectories to understand violent events that can take place in the Universe. One such … Read more

Incredible Hubble Image Reveals a Bizarre Galaxy ‘Mirror’

Incredible Hubble Image Reveals a Bizarre Galaxy 'Mirror'

There’s something very odd about this image from the Hubble Space Telescope. If you look closely, you can see two almost-mirror image, orange-colored galaxies, seemingly connected by a long filament. Fascinatingly, that’s not two galaxies at all, but one, named SGAS J143845+145407. It just appears to be two, thanks to the way the gravity of … Read more

This Stunning Image Shows a Star Like You Have Never Seen One Before

This Stunning Image Shows a Star Like You Have Never Seen One Before

It looks a bit like neon artwork from the ’80s. But what the image above really shows is much, much cooler. It’s a star, and the first light image captured by the newest instrument on the Gemini South telescope, the Gemini High-resolution Optical SpecTrograph, or GHOST. What it shows is the entire optical spectrum of … Read more

Humanity’s First-Ever Exoplanet Discovery Was an Unbelievable Fluke

Humanity's First-Ever Exoplanet Discovery Was an Unbelievable Fluke

In the early 1990s, planetary history was made. In 1992, two astronomers, Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail, published a paper in Nature announcing the discovery of the very first planets outside the Solar System. These two extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, were immediately intriguing. They were rocky worlds 4.3 and 3.9 times the mass of Earth, … Read more

Astronomers Watched a Black Hole Shred a Star – But Surprisingly Little Was Devoured

Astronomers Watched a Black Hole Shred a Star – But Surprisingly Little Was Devoured

What happens when a star wanders too close to a supermassive black hole? The obvious story is that it gets sucked in, never to be seen again. Some of its material gets superheated on the way in and that gives off huge amounts of radiation – usually X-rays. That’s not a wrong explanation, just incomplete. … Read more

Astronomers Have Spotted a Record-Breaking Magnetic Field in Space, And It’s Epic

Astronomers Have Spotted a Record-Breaking Magnetic Field in Space, And It's Epic

Far out in the Milky Way, roughly 22,000 light years from Earth, a star unlike any other roars with a magnetic force that beats anything physicists have ever seen. At a whopping 1.6 billion Tesla, a pulsar called Swift J0243.6+6124 smashes the previous records of around 1 billion Tesla, discovered surrounding the pulsars GRO J1008-57 … Read more

Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has already expanded humanity’s vision further into time and space than ever before, giving a breathtaking sneak peek of the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the early Universe to date. Now, NASA has just unveiled five more stunning full-color images captured by the most ambitious telescopes humanity has … Read more

We Have a New Record For The Fastest Star Zooming Around a Supermassive Black Hole

We Have a New Record For The Fastest Star Zooming Around a Supermassive Black Hole

A newly discovered star is so close to our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole that it completes an orbit in just four years. That’s the shortest orbit yet for one of the stars looping around the Sagittarius A*. It’s an oval-shaped journey around the black hole that brings the star to orbital velocities over 2.5 … Read more

The Largest Star in The Milky Way Is Slowly Dying, And Astronomers Are Watching

The Largest Star in The Milky Way Is Slowly Dying, And Astronomers Are Watching

Three-dimensional models of astronomical objects can be ridiculously complex. They can range from black holes that light doesn’t even escape to the literal size of the Universe and everything in between. But not every object has received the attention needed to develop a complete model of it, but we can officially add another highly complex … Read more