Microlensing

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…

6 months 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…

8 months 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…

10 months 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…

3 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…

8 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…

8 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,…

9 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…

11 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…

11 years ago