When the stars align, you just might catch a planet, a black hole, or a binary star—but it’s hard to measure its mass! What does it take to do so?
On using photometric data from Kepler to study starspots, and to measure differential rotation rates.
Finding extraterrestrial intelligence would be one of the most enlightening and profound discoveries in history. Today’s post looks at two potential means of finding extraterrestrials by seeing their advanced technology elsewhere in the Milky Way and the Universe.
By combining galaxy formation histories and planet formation models, we can estimate the number of potential civilizations in our Universe.
Do you own a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera? The authors of today’s paper do. They used it for astronomy. They used it for science.
This variable white dwarf pulsates as expected, but it also experiences very bright outbursts. Today’s paper takes us through the discovery and verification of the second pulsating white dwarf with outbursts, and speculates how the pulsations and outbursts may be linked.