All four outer planets in our solar system sport at least a few rings, but so far, we haven't observed any such features around exoplanets. That's confusing.
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.
String theory is a purported theory of everything that physicists hope will one day explain … everything.
Life for the 19th-century astronomer was kind of monotonous, 200 years after Galileo's revolutionary work with the telescope.
It was a big moment for our cosmos when the first stars awoke, but it's an elusive one for scientists.
The world of the teensy-tiny, the quantum realm, could have a favorite flavor. Here's why that's a big deal.
String theory is a powerful idea, unfinished and untested, but one that has persisted for decades despite inauspicious beginnings.
What if I told you that our universe was flooded with hundreds of kinds of nearly invisible particles and that, long ago, these particles formed a network of universe-spanning strings?
Researchers recently released simulations of the Large Magellanic Cloud — a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — and found that cosmic rays from a starburst event are starting to rip it apart.
If we want to learn new things about everything from the first galaxies to the chance for life on other planets, the James Webb is our only hope.
Scientists are on the verge of being able to detect the "memory" left behind by gravitational waves.
A new study has called into question the prevailing notion that the universe is "flat." The stakes of this cosmological debate are huge.
At some point, the rules of the subatomic give way to the rules of the macroscopic. But how? We're not exactly sure, and it's been a long, strange journey in trying to answer that question.
An ambitious new fleet of spacecraft could reveal whether space-time is smooth or chunky, and in doing so the ultimate nature of reality.