This is the First-Ever Weather Map of a Brown Dwarf

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has been used to create history's first-ever map of weather on the surface of a brown dwarf. These images provide us with an unprecedented look at the atmospheric features of these poorly understood "failed stars." » 1/30/14 9:20am 1/30/14 9:20am

NASA discovers millions of supermassive black holes

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope surveyed the universe twice during its 14-month mission, generating a wealth of data in the process. Now, by sifting through that data, WISE astronomers have unveiled one of the telescope's most impressive finds yet: 2.5 million supermassive black holes —… » 8/30/12 8:27am 8/30/12 8:27am

NASA announces new findings on black holes and extreme cosmic objects

In 2009, NASA launched its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope, an Earth-orbiting infrared observatory designed to map the entire sky in unprecedented detail. WISE surveyed the sky for less than two years, but in that time collected vast quantities of information: It's been eighteen months since the… » 8/29/12 9:50am 8/29/12 9:50am

Earth's first known Trojan asteroid follows our orbit like a second…

Trojan asteroids are objects that share a planet's orbit around the Sun but reside in what are basically gravitational dead zones. We've discovered Earth's first Trojan asteroid...but how did it get there, and why have we only just found it? » 7/27/11 12:47pm 7/27/11 12:47pm