astronomy

Meet Hippocamp, Neptune's new moon

For the first time in decades, a new tiny moon has been found in orbit around the gas giant Neptune, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Citizen scientist discovers ancient astrophysical object

A volunteer citizen scientist working with a NASA project has found the coldest, oldest-known white dwarf, and it's surrounded by rings of dust and debris, according to a study published Tuesday in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Researchers believe it may be the first white dwarf known to have multiple rings.

Stargazers share images of super blood wolf moon

Sky gazers were treated to a rare lunar eclipse known as a super blood wolf moon on Sunday night, in which sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere lit the celestial body in a dramatic fashion and turned it red.

First meteor shower of year peaks tonight

The new year began with the most distant flyby of a planetary object, and it continues with the Quadrantid meteor shower tonight, one of the best annual shows in the night sky, according to NASA.

Hunt for Planet X turns up new solar system object

While searching for the mysterious Planet X that some astronomers believe lurks on the edge of our solar system, researchers instead found an extremely distant object they dubbed "the Goblin." And this object provides compelling evidence for the existence of Planet X.

Long-lost sibling of the Milky Way shredded by cannibal galaxy

Two billion years ago, in a galaxy not so far away, our galaxy's sibling, called M32p, was violently shredded and cannibalized. But the galactic crime scene is full of starry evidence leading right to the culprit, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Star gazers have a few more chances in Wis. parks

UW has astronomy experts in state parks

Star gazers still have a few more chances to admire the night sky from Wisconsin state parks this fall through the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Universe in the Park program.

Star gazers have a few more chances in Wis. parks

UW has astronomy experts in state parks

Star gazers still have a few more chances to admire the night sky from Wisconsin state parks this fall through the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Universe in the Park program.