Famous Astronomers

Benjamin Banneker: Self-taught Astronomer

The story of astronomer and polymath Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806) is one of dignity and ingenuity against the backdrop of slavery and racism.

Margaret Burbidge

People, Places, and Events

Celebrating Astronomer Margaret Burbidge, 1919–2020

The astronomer who taught us we are all made of stardust has passed away after celebrating her 100th birthday on August 12, 2019.

Perseus Cluster


Astronomers Rein in Possibilities for Exotic Particle

Astronomers observing a distant galaxy have dramatically shrunk the range of possible properties of a long-predicted — but never-detected — subatomic particle.

Pulsar squiggle

Famous Astronomers

Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Pulsar Pioneer

In 1967, astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943–) discovered the first pulsars — cosmic lighthouses that now enable astrophysicists to probe extreme physics and test general relativity.

Rotation of Andromeda Galaxy


New Study Pushes Back Milky Way’s Dust-up with Andromeda

By tracing stars in other galaxies, the Gaia satellite has helped astronomers understand the relative motions of the Milky Way's galactic siblings.

Identifying the IceCube neutrino

Astronomy & Observing News

IceCube Neutrino Offers New Eyes on the Cosmos

A combination of neutrino detection and observations across the full spectrum of light has pinpointed a cosmic accelerator for the first time, revitalizing multi-messenger astronomy.

Black Holes

Physicist Proposes Alternative to Black Holes

A physicist has incorporated a quantum mechanical idea with general relativity to arrive at a new alternative to black hole singularities.

Dark matter vs. ordinary matter in IllustrisTNG


Simulating the Universe: The Next Generation

A new suite of cosmological simulations sheds light on the interconnected cosmic processes that shape the universe.