Cubesats are becoming more common. In low Earth orbit, they are becoming so prevalent that concerns are arising about space debris and interference with Earth-based…View More How are cubesats advancing astrophysics?
Does the word “universe” best describe everything that exists – all of time, energy, and matter – or is it more appropriate to speak of…View More Is our universe part of a larger multiverse?
A booming area of space science is the study of “exoplanets”, the term for planets outside our Solar System. Telescopes like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey…View More White dwarfs’ exoplanets – what do we know about them?
When the Sun dies, it will become what we call a white dwarf. White dwarfs are small and incredibly dense – a teaspoon of white…View More What will happen to our Solar System after the Sun dies?
The TRAPPIST-1 system is notable for having Earth-like planets that may be habitable. They are rocky and in the so-called “habitable zone” where water may…View More What do we know about the TRAPPIST-1 system’s habitability?
Space is more turbulent than it first appears. Space weather, specifically radiation and plasma emanating from our Sun, can affect Earth’s habitability. It can also…View More How well can we forecast space weather?
The Sun is our immediate connection to the cosmos. Its light illuminates our world. Its energy fuels most life as we know it. It is…View More Our Sun: The Closest of Stars
The universe is made of fundamental particles that cannot be divided. Despite there being more atoms in a grain of sand than there are…View More Playing with the Building Blocks of the Universe
Next time you bask in sunlight, remember our Sun may be an oddity. More than half the specks of light in the night sky are…View More Binary Mergers: Watching Stars Collide in the Heavens