Stars that eat planets can start spinning so fast they rip apart

When a star engulfs a planet it can end up spinning so fast that it rips…

Some planets may orbit a supermassive black hole instead of a star

Planets normally form gradually from the disk of dust around a star. But the same thing…

Ad Astra: Pirates and space monkeys can't save dull space psychodrama

Brad Pitt stars in thoughtful sci-fi Ad Astra, but even his strong performance can’t plug the…

Does alien life have to look like us? Or even be intelligent?

Imagined Life, a riveting update of what we know about the planets beyond our solar system,…

A stargazer's guide to the equinox and how Earth moves around the sun

As the September equinox falls, we begin a new astronomy series with all you need to…

Saturn's moon Enceladus is having a snowball fight with other moons

Three of Saturn’s icy moons are twice as shiny as we thought they were, and it’s…

The most powerful volcano on Jupiter's moon Io is about to explode

The largest and most powerful of the 400 volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io erupts on a…

Black hole that 'rings' like a bell shows Einstein was right

Astronomers have looked at the way a black hole ‘rings’ like a bell to test a…

We may have spotted an interstellar comet flying toward Earth

Astronomers have found a comet that seems to have come from beyond our solar system, which…

We may have spotted an interstellar comet flying towards Earth

Astronomers have found a comet that seems to have come from beyond our solar system, which…