We've Discovered a Binary Star System Whose Planet Is in Stable Orbit

It may not be anything like Tatooine of Star Wars, but this discovery is still incredible. We've found a frozen, rocky planet orbiting one of its two parent binary stars in a stable Earth-like orbit. This significantly expands our sense of where life can emerge in the galaxy. » 7/03/14 12:00pm 7/03/14 12:00pm

NASA has discovered the tiniest, most pathetic black hole in the…

A couple weeks ago, astronomers spotted black holes that were ten billion times more massive than our Sun, setting new records for the biggest black holes ever found. NASA has spotted another record-setting black hole...although it's not quite as impressive. » 12/18/11 8:30am 12/18/11 8:30am

Feuding white dwarf stars have been destroying each other for millions…

Over a thousand light-years from Earth, there are two white dwarfs, the ghostly remnants of stars much like our Sun. But these stars aren't ordinary white dwarfs, and their bizarre composition reveals a long, passive-aggressive history of mutually assured destruction. » 5/24/11 10:46am 5/24/11 10:46am

Colliding white dwarfs give each other a new lease on life

White dwarfs are the ultra-dense husks of stars like our own, dying remnants that are just a pale shadow of their former glory. But when two white dwarfs come together, they can create something very special: a brand new star. » 5/15/11 10:45am 5/15/11 10:45am