Physicists suggest harnessing the gravitational pull of black holes to create ferocious particle accelerators. The trick? Carefully set everything up so the particles don't get lost forever.
In one upside-down, hypothetical version of the universe, a bizarre type of black hole could exist that is stranger than an M.C. Escher sketch: charged black holes.
Black holes can get big … really big. But just how big? It's possible they could top out at over a trillion times more massive than the sun.
A recent survey sheds some light on what the mighty Aztecs thought about the rare and wonderful solar eclipses.
For all the biological activity on our homeworld, we're not the only interesting planet orbiting the sun. There are some other equally amazing places in the solar system. Here is just a sampling.
Astronomers recently spotted perhaps the strangest white dwarf yet: a dead star the spins twice a second, sucking down material from a nearby companion as it goes.
We all know and love the speed of light, but why does it have the value that it does? Why isn't it some other number? And why did it become such a cornerstone of physics?
A few scant equations can explain a variety of phenomena in our universe, over vast gulfs of space and time. Here's a taste of just how powerful modern physics can be.
There's a reason — actually, several — why Sir Isaac Newton is often considered the No. 1 scientist of all time.
For the past few years, the possibility of a new (and big!) planet hanging around in the far outer solar system has tantalized scientists and the public alike. Is "Planet Nine" out there or not?
A physicist proposes that the moon is a great place to build a particle collider and conduct high-energy physics experiments.
Physicists are figuring out how close you can get to a black hole before you are unlikely to escape. That threshold is called the innermost stable circular orbit (ISCO).
Magnetars — highly magnetized, rapidly rotating super-dense stars — are among the most enigmatic creatures to inhabit the cosmos and their origins are shrouded in mystery.