A colliding star may have triggered the drastic transformation.
Signal from 500 million light years away is the first periodic pattern of radio bursts detected.
MIT Haystack Observatory researchers coauthor a paper announcing the observation of a surprising structure in a distant quasar, 3C 279.
Awards program annually recognizes three early-career scientists under 35 who have made outstanding contributions to astronomy.
Results support Einstein’s theory and the idea that black holes have no “hair.”
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics awarded to Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration for black hole observation
Nearly 30 MIT-affiliated researchers will share in the prize, while David Jay Julius ’77 wins Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences; assistant professor of physics Max Metlitski shares New Horizons prize with Xie Chen PhD ’12 and Michael Levin PhD ’06.
With help from next-generation particle accelerators, the approach may nail down the rate of oxygen production in the universe.
“We will keep listening for these faint and remote cosmic whispers,” says the physics professor.
Research could enable a new suite of experiments to measure quantum activity at room temperature.
Working together as a “virtual telescope,” observatories around the world produce first direct images of a black hole
Images reveal supermassive black hole at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy.