Astronomy and astrophysics

Astronomy and astrophysics are the study of objects and phenomena that are found beyond our solar system. This combines theoretical simulations and observation with both terrestrial and space-craft-borne instruments of the electromagnetic radiation and high-energy particles emitted by celestial bodies.

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  • Comments & Opinion |

    Lucy mission’s bold objective is to study a class of distant asteroids — the Trojan asteroids — never explored before by spacecraft, explain Deputy Project Scientist Simone Marchi and Deputy Principal Investigator Cathy Olkin.

    • Simone Marchi
    •  & Catherine B. Olkin
  • News & Views |

    Nature’s pages feature a look at the wonders of chemistry from a human angle and describe a solar explosion.

  • News & Views |

    Radio images from the Low Frequency Array have revealed complex, filamentary radio emission around a radio galaxy undergoing multiple episodes of radio outbursts, showcasing the importance of magnetic fields for the survival of radio filaments far from the radio core.

    • Ruta Kale
  • News & Views |

    A sophisticated climate model suggests that liquid-water oceans never formed on Venus, and that some planets outside the Solar System that were thought to be habitable might not be.

    • James F. Kasting
    •  & Chester E. Harman
    Nature 598, 259-260