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A new theory for ‘Oumuamua: It’s a comet that rocks

Tue, 03/12/2019
Astronomers at Yale and Caltech say that ‘Oumuamua, the much-discussed interstellar space rock, is best viewed as a comet with odd properties — and not an alien probe, as has...

Debra Fischer designated the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy

Thu, 03/07/2019
Debra Fischer, newly named as the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy, is a leading exoplanet researcher. Fischer has discovered hundreds of exoplanets, celestial bodies...

The case of the over-tilting exoplanets

Mon, 03/04/2019
For almost a decade, astronomers have tried to explain why so many pairs of planets outside our solar system have an odd configuration — their orbits seem to have been pushed...

When Black Holes Burp, Stars Sense It - Science Friday Podcast

Fri, 02/22/2019
When Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915, he didn’t have any evidence his idea was true. The math worked out, yes, and he had a few examples he could...

A Yale astrophysicist’s prediction comes to pass — 20 years later

Mon, 02/04/2019
The heavens delivered a bit of scientific vindication to Yale professor of astronomy and physics Priyamvada Natarajan recently, when her 20-year-old theory about winds from...

This galaxy is no match for a hungry cluster

Thu, 01/24/2019
A new study led by Yale University astronomers tells the story of a galaxy that ran out of gas. It’s a story as old as the universe itself: A galaxy is born, brimming with...

Astronomers uncover the brightest quasar in the early universe

Wed, 01/09/2019
Researchers have discovered the brightest quasar yet known, detected from the period when the universe’s star-making hydrogen gas became ionized, known as “reionization.” The...