Astronomers discover evidence for most powerful pulsar in distant Milky Way

As the supernova’s explosive debris shell expands over a few decades, it becomes less dense and eventually thin enough to allow radio waves to escape from within. This allowed observations by the VLA Sky Survey to detect bright radio emission created as the fast-spinning neutron star’s powerful magnetic field sweeps through surrounding space, accelerating charged … Read more

Astronomers discover a nearby multiplanet system with two Earth-sized planets

New Multiplanet System Near Earth

MIT astronomers have discovered a new multiplanet system located just 10 parsecs, or about 33 light-years, from Earth, making it one of our most well-known multiplanet systems. The star at the heart of the system is likely to host at least two Earth-sized terrestrial planets. Credit: MIT News, with TESS Satellite figure courtesy of NASA … Read more

Astronomers discover a nearby multiplanet system

MIT astronomers have discovered a new multiplanet system located just 10 parsecs, or about 33 light-years, from Earth, making it one of our most well-known multiplanet systems. The star at the heart of the system is likely to host at least two Earth-sized terrestrial planets. Credit: MIT News, with TESS Satellite figure courtesy of NASA … Read more

Astronomers discover a nearby multiplanet system

MIT astronomers have discovered a new multiplanet system located just 10 parsecs, or about 33 light-years, from Earth, making it one of our most well-known multiplanet systems. The star at the heart of the system is likely to host at least two Earth-sized terrestrial planets. Credit: MIT News, with TESS Satellite figure courtesy of NASA … Read more

Scientists discover viruses that secretly rule the world’s oceans

Thousands of mysterious viruses recently lurking in the world’s oceans could have a huge impact on ecosystems, in part by “reprogramming” the hosts that infect them, scientists reported. The new research, published Thursday (June 9) in the journal Science (opens in new tab)targets viruses that RNA, a molecular cousin of DNA. Examples of RNA viruses … Read more

Physicists discover never-before-seen particle on tabletop

Researchers have discovered a new particle that is a magnetic relative of the Higgs boson† While the discovery of the Higgs boson required the enormous particle accelerating power of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), this never-before-seen particle — dubbed the axial Higgs boson — was found using an experiment that would fit on a small … Read more