Satellite dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way should help scientists better grasp the universe's evolution while also homing in on dark matter's identity.
Courtesy of The Kavli Foundation, Sky & Telescope is featuring an in-depth Q&A with two astrophysicists and a theoretical physicist on what the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will teach us about dark matter and dark energy.
Recently, two high-profile experiments released new data and analyses of the universe’s earliest light. Here, three preeminent scientists discuss the latest results, what they mean for the theory of cosmic inflation, and what we can expect to learn about the very early universe in the coming decade.
Scientist George Efstathiou weighs in on the latest results from the Planck satellite and what they say about cosmic inflation, the first stars, and more.
Sky & Telescope features a Q&A between The Kavli Foundation and three astrophysicists who discovered two enormous and unexpected structures radiating from the center of our galaxy. They discuss what these mysterious bubbles can tell us about the history of the Milky Way and how they could help in the search for dark matter.
Courtesy of The Kavli Foundation, Sky & Telescope is featuring an in-depth Q&A with two renowned astrobiologists on the search for extraterrestrial life.
Three astrophysicists discuss preparations for three recently funded dark matter experiments, and the likelihood that one of them will strike gold.
Most of us are familiar with the Seven Sisters, but have you met their brothers? Learn how to find more Pleiades than first meet the eye.
October's a perfect time to see the zodiacal light, a tapering tower of comet dust standing high in the eastern sky before dawn. Here's how to find it.
Ten thousand stars bedazzle the eye on a dark night. Wait, how many?
With a subtle beauty all its own, the earthshine we see glowing in the lunar night invites us to consider Earth's many connections to the Moon.
Locally, spacetime is curved by the presence of massive objects. The total mass and energy density of the universe also has an effect on the overall curvature of space.
There was no “before the Big Bang"—the Big Bang created both time and space as we know it.
Dark matter is a mysterious type of matter that doesn't interact with any form of electromagnetic radiation, i.e., light. Although we’ve never detected dark matter directly, a large amount of evidence points to its existence.
Just how quickly is the universe expanding? Cosmologists attempt to answer this question in terms of the Hubble Constant, but the exact value of this constant is still a topic of debate.
Is the universe infinite, or just really, really big? How can we know? To answer these questions, we examine the possible shapes of the universe.
They come in a wide range of apertures. But for astronomy, large aperture is only part of the story. High magnification is just as important when binoculars are used on a night sky that's not absolutely dark.
Barring the Sun, the closest star to Earth is a triple system called Alpha Centauri, which is over four light years away.
Because black holes severely warp the fabric of spacetime, they have a curious effect on the passage of time as seen by an outside observer.
Black holes are singularities: points of infinitely small volume with infinite density. However, the amount of a mass concentrated in a black hole varies, and the mass determines how wide the black hole's sphere of influence is.
Different types of black holes form through different processes.
The concept of a black hole was first contrived in by John Michell 1783. For a long time, many notable scientists, including Albert Einstein, believed black holes were merely theoretical. However, in the last century, astronomers have gathered a good deal of observational evidence for the existence of black holes.
A black hole is a region of space where the force of gravity is so strong that the escape velocity exceeds the speed of light.
The Big Bang marked the beginning of the universe's expansion from a singularity — a single point that was infinitely small, infinitely hot, and infinitely dense. Cosmologists have designated several distinct eras for the universe's evolution from the first moments after the Big Bang to a billion years later.
Cosmologists have invoked the concept of dark energy to explain the accelerated expansion of the universe, but the nature of dark energy remains one of the most pressing questions facing modern cosmology.