TESS Observes Star Shredding Black Hole

On September 26, 2019, NASA reported that the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission, mankind’s premier planet hunter, recently observed the initial bursts of a tidal disruption event, a world first in the history of our civilization. This cosmic...

Supernova 1987a

Supernova 1987a, also known by its designation SN1987A, is a type II supernova that occurred in the Large Magellanic Cloud some 168,000 light-years away from Earth. The light from 1987a reached Earth on February 23, 1987, becoming the first discovered supernova of the...

The Wow! Signal

May the 4th be with you! On May 25, 1977, Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters, forever changing the world of cinema. Months later in that same year, an astronomer named Jerry R. Ehman made a curious observation that’s puzzled the scientific community to this day....

The Boötes Void

The Boötes Void is a massive spherical region in space approximately 330 million light-years in diameter (accounting for 0.27% of the diameter of the entire Universe) composed of empty space. Also called “The Great Nothing,” this mysterious region resides in the...

Fermi Paradox: Dark Forest Theory

The Dark Forest Theory is a possible explanation for the Fermi Paradox, albeit a darker and unappealing possibility. The Fermi Paradox, named after physicist Enrico Fermi who conceived the idea, poses a simple yet dauntingly perplexing premise: 1)      If there are...