How ‘Andor’ sound and effects wizards created a gritty ‘Star Wars’

The turbulent season finale of “Andorcame and went and we’re still basking in the afterglow of this sensational 12-episode “Star Wars” series on Disney+. Using a minimalist style that operates within the “less is more” arena of filmmaking, creator and showrunner Tony Gilroy have accomplished a Herculean task of conjuring fresh magic within the “Star … Read more

A Black Hole Consumed a Star and Released the Light of a Trillion Suns

When a flash of light appears somewhere in the sky, astronomers notice. When it appears in a region of the sky not known to host a stellar object that’s flashed before, they really sit up and take notice. In astronomical parlance, objects that emit flashing light are called transients. Earlier this year, astronomers spotted a … Read more

‘Star Trek’ writers talk Sisko’s return in IDW’s flagship comics series

Accomplished comic book writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (“Star Trek: Year Five,” “Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty”) are relishing their dream job of crafting compelling stories within the legendary sci-fi franchise for IDW Publishing’s new “Star Trek” series starring “Deep Space Nine’s” Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko. Joining the veteran pair on this creative “Star … Read more

Astronomers Directly Image a Jupiter-Sized Planet Orbiting a Sunlike Star

According to the most widely-accepted theory, planetary systems form from large clouds of dust and gas that form disks around young stars. Over time, these disks accrete to create planets of varying size, composition, and distance from their parent star. In the past few decades, observations in the mid- and far-infrared wavelengths have led to … Read more

Black Friday Space Deals live blog: Telescopes, star projectors, Lego and more

Refresh 2022-11-23T15:55:14.183Z Save 21% on the Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ telescope (Image credit: Jamie Carter) The Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ refractor telescope is currently at a discount of over 20% which makes a perfect gift for beginner astronomers this Black Friday. It features a 70mm aperture and a powerful 900mm focal length that takes you in for … Read more

‘Andor’ costume designer Michael Wilkinson talks Star Wars chic

With “Andor’s” mature, sophisticated take on the “Star Wars” universe, writer/creator Tony Gilroy (“The Bourne Franchise”) has elevated the storied franchise to new levels of engagement in its first season now coming to an end this week on Disney+. As a 12-episode prequel to 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” chronicling the early days … Read more

World’s oldest complete star map found in medieval manuscript

Scholars may have just discovered a fragment of the world’s oldest complete star map. The map segment, which was found beneath the text on a sheet of medieval parchment, is thought to be a copy of the long-lost star catalog of the second century BC Greek astronomer Hipparchus, who made the earliest known attempt to … Read more

Surprising X-ray view of wreckage from a dying star

The polarization of X-rays coming from the remains of a distant exploded star has been measured and mapped for the first time by astronomers. The results collected from the stellar wreckage known as Cassiopeia A (Cas A) could shed new light on the nature of young supernova remnants and their magnetic fields, which can accelerate … Read more