Microlensing

There Could be Trillions of Rogue Planets Wandering the Milky Way

A pair of new studies set to be published in The Astronomical Journal examine new discoveries in the field of…

1 year ago

Hubble Pins Down the Mass of a Potential Free-Floating Black Hole That’s 5,000 Light-Years Away

Earlier this year, astronomers used microlensing and the Hubble Space Telescope to detect, for the first time, a rogue black…

2 years ago

Digging Through Kepler Data Turns Up a Near Twin of Jupiter

NASA's Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft was deactivated in November 2018, about ten years after it launched. The mission detected over 5,000…

2 years ago

The First Rogue Black Hole has Been Discovered, and it’s Only 5,000 Light-Years Away

Microlensing strikes again.  Astronomers have been using the technique to detect everything from rogue planets to the most distant star…

2 years ago

Planetary Mass Objects Discovered in Other Galaxies

A team of researchers at the University of Oklahoma have discovered "planetary mass bodies" outside of the Milky Way. They…

5 years ago

250 Years of Planetary Detection in 60 Seconds

Early astronomers realized some of the "stars" in the sky were planets in our Solar System, and really, only then…

9 years ago

Astronomers Discover First Mulitiple-image Gravitationally-lensed Supernova

How about four supernovae for the price of one? Using the Hubble Space Telescope, Dr. Patrick Kelly of the University of…

10 years ago

First Microlensing Detection of a Planet Circling a Brown Dwarf Candidate

When astronomers detect new exoplanets they typically do so using one of two techniques. First, there's the famous transit technique,…

10 years ago

Worlds Without Suns: Nomad Planets Could Number In The Quadrillions

[/caption] The concept of nomad planets has been featured before here on Universe Today, and for good reason. Not only…

12 years ago

New Image Triples Your Galaxy Fun

[/caption] Here’s a brand new, magnificent look at the Leo Triplet -- a group of interacting galaxies about 35 million…

13 years ago