projection of the gamma-ray sky

New research examines whether the sources of the highest-energy photons could also be the sources of the highest-energy charged particles.

Illustration of the exoplanet WASP-12 b.
Astrobites

To Inspiral or Not to Inspiral

Astrobites reports on efforts to detect the shrinking orbits of close-in hot-Jupiter exoplanets.

photograph of Uranus

How much of Uranus’s icy core is made of rock? Researchers propose a new method to make this measurement using a probe of the Uranian atmosphere.

illustration of a white dwarf collecting gas from its stellar companion

With T Coronae Borealis expected to rise to naked-eye visibility any day now, recurrent novae are in the news. To learn more about these events, check out today’s article about a recurrent nova in a neighboring galaxy.

A photograph of stars and long, horizontal, bright streaks caused by satellites.
Features

Huge Survey vs. Tiny Space Junk

One of the largest surveys of the sky is about to begin. But will tiny bits of space junk doom its carefully laid plans even before the first images are taken?

Images of six "little red dot" galaxies from JWST
Astrobites

Little Red Dots and Big Black Holes

Astrobites reports on a study that estimates how many galaxies with massive black holes are likely to be present in the early universe.

snapshot of a simulation of gas outflows from the plane of a galaxy

Simulations explore how supernovae can shake up and eject gas from a starburst galaxy.

An illustration of an exoplanet being engulfed by its home star, as 8 UMi b somehow has not been

The exoplanet 8 UMi b should have been swallowed by its host star — and new research may have upended the standing hypothesis for how the planet escaped its fate.