Researchers have recently conducted a successful stratospheric test of their wafercraft. If all goes well, the spacecraft will be able to reach relativistic speeds and make it to the nearest star system within our lifetimes.
Astronomers using ALMA, have found the fingerprints of sodium chloride – table salt – in a ring of dusty debris around a massive young star 1,500 light years away that formed in the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.
Recent research suggests that most, if not all, stars are born with a binary twin. Our Sun is a solitary star, but there's evidence to suggest that it did have a binary twin, once upon a time and it might have just been found.
The discovery of this approximately 13.5 billion-year-old tiny star means more stars with very low mass and very low metal content are likely out there—perhaps even some of the universe's very first stars.
Astronomers have discovered two stars in a binary pair that complete an orbit around each other in a little over three hours, residing in the planetary nebula M3-1. Remarkably, the stars could drive a nova explosion.
An international team of researchers has calculated the strength of nuclear pasta - extremely dense material deep inside the crust of neutron stars. The results show that nuclear it may be the strongest known material in the Universe.
“The emission is clearly above what the neutron star itself emits—it doesn’t come from the neutron star alone,” the study’s lead author stated.“This is very new.”
International team of scientists have discovered the unusual evolution of the central star of a planetary nebula in our Milky Way. This extraordinary discovery sheds light on the ultimate fate of the sun.
About 170 years ago, Eta Carinae erupted with a titanic blast becoming at one point the second brightest star in the night sky. Somehow, the star survived the “Great Eruption”, providing an intriguing mystery for astronomers.
Two independent teams of astronomers have used ALMA to uncover convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around the infant star HD 163296.
The merger of two neutron stars generated gravitational waves and high-energy gamma radiation and detected last August likely produced a record low-mass black hole.
An international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.