A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication
Illustration of black star bowling ball, with three holes facing up, on hardwood floor

Gravitational waves

If you could detect a bowling ball’s gravitational waves, you would know when someone threw the ball—even if you were standing outside the bowling alley.

Photo grid 3X3 RHAPSODY simulation

Learning to play the dark matter boogie

A growing suite of computational instruments is helping scientists determine how fast local concentrations of dark matter move, which in turn could help them cut in on the dance of dark matter particles.

Image of a superbright star heats up, dispersing some of its surroundings before it is consumed in a supernova explosion

Bringing the universe into full focus

From supernova explosions to writhing tendrils of dark matter, visualizations give new life to models and theories.

Photo of two stars at the Milky Way's center

Image: Two stars at the Milky Way's center


A Keck/NIRC2 AO image from May 2010 showing the stars S0-102 and S0-2, with the electromagnetic counterpart of the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

Photo of two stars at the Milky Way's center

Stars dancing around a black hole may test relativity

The Keck Observatory's observations of two stars orbiting the black hole at the center of our galaxy may reveal insight into the curvature of space-time.

DECam at Blanco Telescope

World’s most powerful digital camera records first images

The Dark Energy Camera, a 570-megapixel camera mounted on a telescope in Chile, achieved first light on Sept. 12.


The Dark Energy Camera opens its eyes

A long-awaited device that will help unravel one of the universe’s most compelling mysteries gets ready to see first light.

Image of Supernova S147

Supernova S147


Two different views of the area around SNR S147.


How to grow a universe – just add a supercomputer

Image of Supernova S147

Astrophysicists discover natural particle collider in space

This summer, particle astrophysicists studied a supernova remnant located about 3000 light years away and discovered what is best described as a particle collider in space.