When the first stars blinked on
December 5, 2012The very first stars may have turned on when the universe was 750 million years old.
GRAIL reveals a battered lunar history
December 5, 2012Twin spacecraft create a highly detailed gravity map of the moon, finding an interior pulverized by early impacts.
Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid
October 26, 2012With 20 years’ notice, paint pellets could cause an asteroid to veer off course.
Explained: Near-miss asteroids
June 29, 2012What to do in the event of an asteroid streaking toward Earth? Activate the asteroid ‘fire drill.’
Lincoln Laboratory helps celebrate the official unveiling of the Space Surveillance Telescope
January 20, 2012The laboratory developed enabling technologies for the telescope
April 29, 2011From deep space to deep sea, two-day symposium examined MIT’s impacts and innovations.
3 Questions: Sara Seager on discovering a trove of new planets
February 3, 2011NASA’s Kepler orbiting telescope has found hundreds of new possible planets, including 54 in the so-called 'habitable zone.'
Building a list of Earth candidates
December 14, 2010MIT researchers increase their odds of detecting an Earthlike planet by working on a combination of satellite missions.
Explained: the Doppler effect
August 3, 2010The same phenomenon behind changes in the pitch of a moving ambulance’s siren is helping astronomers locate and study distant planets.
3 Questions: Richard Binzel on astronomers’ powerful new tool
July 13, 2010Pan-STARRS, a telescope designed to reveal the ‘unexpected surprises’ in our solar system, including possible threats to Earth, just became fully operational.