The modern scientific fields of astronomy and physics stretch back for centuries, and so naturally they've accumulated a lot of interesting names for objects, ideas, and phenomena.
Paul M. Sutter is a theoretical cosmologist at the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University and a guest researcher at the Flatiron Institute in New York City. An award-winning science communicator, he is the author of Your Place in the Universe and How to Die in Space, and the host of the "Ask a Spaceman" podcast.
We may have already found evidence of an evolving, dynamic kind of dark energy, in the form of the radiation emitted when the first stars appeared in the universe.
A large population of small black holes could have flooded the young cosmos with particles and radiation, creating their own black hole-powered Big Bang, physicists propose in a new paper.
These cosmic rays typically come from the extremely distant universe, from ultrapowerful events such as supernovas and quasars.
Mercury is so strange that astronomers have not been able to explain its properties with simulations of the solar system's formation. But now, researchers have found an important clue.
Reference Newton's Laws of Motion is one of the reasons that Sir Isaac Newton is often considered the No. 1 scientist of all time.
Finding and studying these strange stars helps us understand the complicated life cycles of normal, more well-behaved stars.
Want to become a published astronomer? All it takes is a spare telescope, or at least a decent internet connection, and plenty of patience.
Einstein toyed with the idea of faster-than-light-particles but found that such particles violated a central rule of the universe: causality.
The concept of atoms had been floating around off and on for a few millennia, but it took some clever experimentation to pinpoint their existence.
Some interpretations of quantum mechanics propose that our entire universe is described by a single universal wave function that constantly splits and multiplies.
Lagrange found that the difference between an object's kinetic energy and potential energy unlocked something deeply profound about the universe.
Astronomers hope to use pulsars scattered around the galaxy as a giant gravitational wave detector. But why do we need them, and how do they work?
But could these giant, rocky planets actually sustain the conditions for life? Or is life limited to smaller planets like our own?
A new hypothesis proposes that a large fraction of dark matter may be bound up inside tight balls the size of Neptune — so-called dark matter planets.
New research motivated by string theory suggests possible, and equally strange, fates for evaporating black holes.
By now, most people have heard the refrain: "The Higgs boson creates mass." But the reality is a bit more complicated than that.
Let's be perfectly honest: The Higgs boson and its role in the universe are not the easiest things to explain.
The Higgs boson particle could have kept our universe from collapsing within a larger multiverse, physicists say.