This Beta Pictoris Model is Hypnotizing, Beautiful, and Full of Science

Beta Pictoris is a violently exciting extrasolar system and now we have fresh new models investigating just what is happening in the collisions and chaos. The model of debris, disk, warps, waves, and rings tracks the evolution of the system over millions of years, and is downright gorgeous. » 7/02/15 12:03am 7/02/15 12:03am

"Light Echoes" Prove That This Neutron Star is Weirdly Like a Black Hole

Between rainbows, rings, and sharp, hard lines, it’s difficult to not clap my hands in glee while unpacking the levels of awesome crammed in this X-ray image of Circinus X-1. The beautiful bullseye light echoes hint this neutron star is farther, brighter, and more like a black hole than we thought. » 6/25/15 10:00pm 6/25/15 10:00pm

These 234 Proto-Clusters Are A Rare Look Into Galaxy Cluster Formation

Why does space have structure? Why does our universe have not only stars, but galaxies and galactic clusters? Researchers recently identified 234 potential proto-clusters: candidates for early galactic clusters from when the universe was just 3 billion years old that may help solve this astrophysical mystery. » 4/02/15 7:30am 4/02/15 7:30am

The Truth Behind Interstellar's "Scientifically Accurate" Black Hole

You've probably heard that the black hole in Interstellar was a simulation of unprecedented scientific accuracy. You may also have heard that its creation led to an "amazing scientific discovery" having to do with the shape of its accretion disk, which loops over and under its dark, central shadow. Neither of these… » 2/17/15 12:10pm 2/17/15 12:10pm