Feather Star from Jurassic Period Named after President Zelenskyy

Ausichicrinites zelenskyyithe first Jurassic comatulid (feather star) from the African continent, has been named in honor of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the sixth and current president of Ukraine. Ausichicrinites zelenskyyi from the upper part of the Antalo Limestone Formation, Ethiopia. Scale bars – 10 mm in (a, c, e, f and g) and 1 mm in (b, … Read more

Astronomers discover an unusual star with two spiral arms

Protostellar disk around a star at the galactic center. Credit: Lu et al. Astronomers using the ALMA Observatory have discovered an unusual, massive star near the center of our galaxy, a star that has two spiral arms. The arms are part of an accretion disk, a broad disk of dust and gas surrounding the protostar. … Read more

NASA Rockets Launch From Australia To Seek Star Conditions That Support Extraterrestrial Life

NASA is set to launch two more sounding rockets from northern Australia during the first half of July. These missions will help astronomers understand how starlight influences a planet’s atmosphere, possibly making or breaking its ability to support life as we know it.

Luke and Lando team up in ‘Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith’ novel

Strap in and prepare for a perilous odyssey to the fabled Sith world of Exegol in author Adam Christopher’s Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian team-up novel, “Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith.” Del Rey Books is releasing this latest sci-fi novel set in the galaxy far, far away on June 28. It takes place 17 … Read more

This star not only survived a supernova, but also became brighter

Galaxy NGC 1309. Credit: NASA, ESA, THE HUBBLE HERITAGE TEAM (STSCI / AURA), AND A. RIESS (JHU / STSCI). A supernova is the catastrophic explosion of a star. Thermonuclear supernovae, in particular, signal the complete destruction of a white dwarf star, leaving nothing behind. At least that’s what models and observations suggested. So when a … Read more

Flashes from neutron star tidal waves may signal impending mergers

Researchers have found a new way to detect some of the most cataclysmic mergers in the universe before they happen. Neutron stars, the extremely dense cores of massive dead stars, spiraling towards each other or into a black hole can raise tidal waves in the oceans of heavy charged particles surrounding the neutron stars. Those … Read more

Mysterious Star Survives a Thermonuclear Supernova Explosion

The Hubble Space Telescope captured this dramatic spiral galaxy, cataloged as NGC 1309. Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI / AURA) and A. Riess (STScI) A Tenacious Star Validates a Revised Model of Supernovae A supernova is the cataclysmic explosion of a star. Thermonuclear supernovae, in particular, signal the complete destruction of a[{” … Read more

This Weird Star Survived a Supernova Only to Shine Even More Brightly Than Before

When it comes to going out with style, nothing comes close to the end of a white dwarf. Their thermonuclear self-destruction ranks among the most powerful explosions in the cosmos, forcing the star to wink out of existence in a blaze of glory. At least, that’s the idea. A discovery confirms some white dwarfs fake … Read more

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ teases return of an epic character

Warning: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” season 1, episode 7 With news that the last episode of Season 2 of “Strange New Worlds” plus the first two episodes of Season 5 of “Discovery” have started shootingwe rejoice that more “Star Trek” is on the way, but sadly only three installments remain of this … Read more