Features

Four Stars, Many Eclipses

A flurry of eclipses, then back to eclipsing binary business as usual: what could cause such a strange light curve?

Hubble and Chandra telescope image of Eta Carinae
Astrobites

A Beginner’s Guide to Predicting Supernovae

Astrobites reports on an updated neutrino detector that may be able to alert us to impending supernovae hours in advance.

Artist's impression of a young planetary system

A new study loosens the constraints on planet formation, suggesting that most protoplanetary disks stick around for at least 5 million years.

multiwavelength image of the galactic center region

How did the stars at the center of our galaxy attain their curious arrangement? A new theory suggests that a shredded star paved the way for new stars to form in a narrow disk.

An artist's impression of an X-ray burst
Features

A NICER View of a Bursting X-ray Binary

Researchers analyze 51 X-ray bursts from a neutron star snaring material from its stellar companion, forming one of the most active low-mass X-ray binaries known.

illustration of an active M-dwarf star
Astrobites

A Tiny Flare from a Tiny Star

Astrobites reports on a tiny stellar flare from the Sun’s next-door neighbor: Proxima Centauri.

simulation results showing the charge density of plasma surrounding a pulsar

New simulations explore plasma production and particle acceleration near the surface of a dense, highly magnetized pulsar.

Three side by side images with the same galaxy in the center. In the center panel, a supernova is visible to the right of the galaxy.
Features

A Supernova Hits a Cosmic Speed Bump

In 2021, astronomers saw a star explode, then watched as its remains strangely changed colors. A recent study suggests an explanation for this behavior: the remnants hit a speed bump.

white-light coronagraph image of a coronal mass ejection

Does a massive explosion of solar plasma — a coronal mass ejection — move through the solar system differently if other explosions preceded it?