Robert Lea is a science journalist in the U.K. whose articles have been published in Physics World, New Scientist, Astronomy Magazine, All About Space, Newsweek and ZME Science. He also writes about science communication for Elsevier and the European Journal of Physics. Rob holds a bachelor of science degree in physics and astronomy from the U.K.’s Open University. Follow him on Twitter @sciencef1rst.
A new theory suggests the universe's most mysterious and dominant form of matter could exert a "dark force."
Scientists have used solar flares from the sun to determine the physics driving powerful and violent 'superflares' on massive stellar bodies that are up to 10,000 times brighter than our star.
Potentially, the 1st "extragalactic" star found at the heart of our galaxy S0–6 appears to have taken a 10 billion-year-long journey to reach the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.
The ESA satellite Copernicus Sentinel-2 caught an image of the new volcanic island "Niijima" on Nov. 27, showing the island off the coast of Japan forged in fire in Oct. is still rising from the sea.
A unified approach of quantum physics and astrophysics may have brought scientists closer to understanding the "glitches" experienced by ultradense dead stars called neutron stars.
The James Webb Space Telescope has taken a bite out of a cosmic burger to create a 2D inventory of different forms of ice surrounding a planet-birthing disk.
A novel theory of 'wavy space-time' suggests that the division between our best descriptions of the universe on its smallest and largest scales may be because gravity does not play by quantum rules.
Reference A radio galaxy is a type of galaxy with giant regions of radio emissions that reach far beyond its visible structure. We explore them in more detail here.
A new NASA video explains how the Perseverance Rover may have collected its youngest rock sample yet from the Red Planet's Jezero Crater.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Space Telescope has spotted a "clutter" of rapidly spinning neutron stars called spider pulsars that are devouring surrounding stars.
The upcoming Vera C. Rubin Observatory will help astronomers track stars ripped from their galaxies, revealing a cosmic fossil record to track the evolution of galactic clusters.
Reference As the Artemis program aims to return humanity to the moon and beyond, the Artemis Accords lay out a framework for nations collaborating in this effort.
New research helps resolve the mystery surrounding strange long gamma-ray bursts, suggesting these blasts of high-energy radiation emerge from collisions of neutron stars that birth black holes.
Regular high-energy pulses of gamma-ray radiation emerging from around the Milky Way's central black hole may be coming from a blob of matter whipping around at 30% the speed of light.
Reference Here we explore whether there are any upcoming asteroid encounters and how NASA and other space agencies actively monitor near-Earth asteroids that have the potential to hit our planet.
Set to launch to the ISS in Jan. 2024, the commercial mission Axiom-3 will continue to push the frontiers of science by conducting an array of experiments in microgravity.
"This discovery really drives home the point of just how little we know about the universe. We wouldn’t expect a planet this heavy around such a low-mass star to exist."
Reference Since 2021, China's Tiangong space station has orbited Earth, offering amateur astronomers a chance to glimpse it.
"The Dragonfly team has successfully overcome a number of technical and programmatic challenges in this daring endeavor to gather new science on Titan."
Astronomers have discovered around 300 new gamma-ray-blasting pulsars, including several "spider pulsars" that devour the companion stars like black widows.
The crew of China's Shenzhou 16 mission captured incredible images of the Tiangong Space Station as they departed on their way back to Earth.
Astronomers have spotted an accretion disk feeding matter to a young star and helping it grow in a galaxy outside the Milky Way for the first time.