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.
Rocket recovery could confer tremendous benefits on the cost and feasibility of space travel. SpaceX, a company with a goal of making private space travel a possibility, has been experimenting with technology for reusable booster rockets.
Science in the Spotlight: Through the Wormhole – Enthralling television series examines mysteries of the universe
A buzzing combination of physics and philosophy, the television series “Through the Wormhole” examines intriguing questions about human existence in an engaging, accessible manner.
Yale astronomers recently acquired the operational rights to the MOST satellite in a project to make the detection of exoplanets more precise. Greater precision will further scientists’ quest to find Earth-like planets beyond our solar system.
All stars die, but not all stars “explode.” A supernova is a violent explosion that marks the end of a star’s life cycle. But our sun, the most famous star in our sky, is destined for a gentler death. Astronomers
Last month, researchers at the BICEP2 observatory at the South Pole detected gravitational waves for the first time. Their finding provides support for the theory of inflation, which holds that the universe expanded extraordinarily rapidly in the very first moments of its existence.
“Multiple-Stars Point to Possible Planets”
Roughly half of the stars in the night sky belong to multiple-star systems. Professor Debra Fischer and postdoctoral associate Ji Wang of the Yale Astronomy Department find that this stellar multiplicity inhibits the formation of planets.
Students in Professor Marla Geha’s “Research Methods: Astrophysics” class flew to Puerto Rico to conduct research at the Arecibo Observatory.