Eight years after its inception, Yale professor of physics Charles Baltay and undergraduates Eleanor Woodward ’17, Nathaniel Barbour ’17 and Kristo Ment ’17 will play important roles in the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope NASA mission.
Astronomers estimate that there are billions of stars in the universe, but are their numbers accurate? With increasingly sophisticated imaging technology, scientists are continuously improving their approximations.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens captured the hearts of many; however, not all of its science-based action is plausible. Much of it would end in certain disaster, no matter what galaxy one calls home.
How does science match up with the story of this critically-acclaimed sci-fi film?
A supermassive black hole challenges the foundations of astrophysics, forcing astronomers to update the rule book of galaxy formation.
The youngest star system ever observed has given astronomers an ideal opportunity to study star formation from the early days.
The myth of the dark side of the moon is debunked through an analysis of the interactions and positioning of the moon, Earth and sun.
Researchers in Yale’s Department of Astronomy have developed techniques to observe galaxies millions of light years away. They hope to gain a better understanding of galaxy evolution, which has otherwise been limited to our knowledge of the Milky Way.
In 2014, controversial results from the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole claimed to prove the existence of gravitational waves. However, new data from the Planck space telescope cites cosmic dust as the true cause of the strange BICEP2 results. This conflicting data, though not completely resolved, is bringing the field of astrophysics closer to answers about the beginning of the universe
On January 6, NASA announced the validation of two Earth-like exoplanets. One of the planets, Kepler-438b, brings scientists closer than ever to finding an Earth analog.