dark matter
Features

New Efforts to Identify Dark Matter

Is dark matter “cold”, “warm”, or “hot”? New observations are helping us identify what makes up our universe.

red dwarf exoplanet

We’ve spent the last couple decades searching for planets around our nearest stellar neighbor, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. Here’s a look at what we’ve learned so far.

simulations of Pop III star groups

Astrobites reports on simulations of the first groups of stars in our universe, which reveal how these groups evolve and where they might be hiding in the local universe.

BH-BH binary
Features

When Charged Black Holes Merge

New research shows that mergers of charged black holes could generate a variety of observable signatures, from fast radio bursts to gamma-ray bursts.

Smith cloud

A new study finds evidence that a high-velocity cloud may have smashed into the Milky Way’s disk five million years ago.

radio galaxy

The unusual structure of a recently discovered radio galaxy gives scientists clues about its temperamental past.

solar system orbits
Astrobites

Why Is Mercury So Far from the Sun?

Why is Mercury’s orbit so large, compared to the close-in orbits of the planets observed in many exoplanetary systems? Astrobites reports on a recent study seeking to answer this question.

Binary simulation
Images

Models of a Circumbinary Disk

This image captures a scene from a simulation of a binary star system surrounded by a circumbinary disk.