Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

A Review of “Extraterrestrial” by Prof. Avi Loeb

Professor Avi Loeb's new book, Extraterrestrial, tells the tale of how he 'Oumuamua may be humanity's first interstellar messenger.

4 months ago

The Sun Might Have Once Had a Binary Companion Star

A new study from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has bolstered the case for our Sun having a long-lost…

10 months ago

Some Astronomers Think Betelgeuse Dimmed Because it “Sneezed”. And it Might be Getting Ready to do it Again

An international team of researchers has proposed a new explanation for why Betelgeuse has been mysteriously dimming, just as it…

10 months ago

How Researchers Produce Sharp Images of a Black Hole

A new study by members of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has shown how new images of black…

1 year ago

Astronomers Image the Atmosphere of a Red Dwarf Planet for the First Time. Spoiler Alert, it’s a Terrible Place to Live

Using data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers was able to study the surface of an exoplanet…

2 years ago

A New Planetary System Has Been Found with Three Super Earths

A team of astronomers recently discovered a system of three exoplanets that are just 100 light years from Earth, making…

3 years ago

The Solar System Probably has Thousands of Captured Interstellar Asteroids

According to a new study by a team of Harvard researchers, there could be thousands of interstellar asteroids like ‘Oumuamua…

3 years ago

Mysterious Filament is Stretching Down Towards the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

Looking to the center of our galaxy, astronomers noted the presence of a mysterious filament extending from the supermassive black…

3 years ago

There Could be Hundreds More Icy Worlds with Life Than on Rocky Planets Out There in the Galaxy

According to a new study by members of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, there could be

4 years ago

Astronomers Start Mapping the Structure of the Far Side of the Milky Way

Thanks to a new study by an international team of astronomers, we now have the tools we need to map…

4 years ago