Recent News Releases

October 20, 2020

The monstrous black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy—now of Nobel Prize fame—is proving yet again to be stranger than fiction.

October 12, 2020

Astronomers have captured the last moments of a star just before it was ripped apart by a black hole. The violent occurrence—called a tidal disruption event—created a blast of light seen just 215 million light years from Earth, the closest such flare recorded to date.

October 7, 2020

An international team of scientists has discovered planet formation in a star system younger than 500,000 years old. The find, published today in Nature, is a marked departure from previously accepted theories of planet formation, and indicates that stars and planets grow up together like siblings.