An international team of astronomers has found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar – a dense stellar remnant left over from a supernova explosion – ever recorded.
The discovery of three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away could help astronomers in the search for gravitational waves: the ‘ripples in spacetime’ predicted by Einstein.
European Space Agency announces broad plan for major space science missions over the next two decades, with Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy involved at the highest levels.
Astronomers working with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have seen the giant black hole Sagittarius A* rejecting its ‘food’ of vast gas clouds as they aren’t sufficiently cool enough for it to swallow.
A long-sought “echo” of light that promises to reveal more about supersized black holes in distant galaxies has been identified by an international team of astronomers.
The world's most expensive scientific instrument will be ready for full experiments in 2009; Andy Parker describes Cambridge's role in constructing and using the machine that hopes to understand the universe.