Anna Frebel studies stars residing of the Milky Way, visible here above Chile's Las Campanas Observatory. Photo: Yuri Beletsky

Points of Light

Astrophysicist Anna Frebel studies the oldest stars for clues about how the universe was formed

Nergis Mavalvala aims to detect gravitational waves, which are so aloof they've dodged efforts to track them down for a century. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Era of Astronomical Discovery

Nergis Mavalvala aims to detect gravitational waves, which are so aloof they've dodged efforts to track them down for a century.

Buzz Aldrin's book, Magnificent Desolation, will be in stores June 23. Photo: Courtesy of the Aldrin Collection

Magnificent Desolation

Buzz Aldrin, alumnus and former astronaut — who has written a new book to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing — reflects on his life and work.

Science Fiction

Ed Keyes, president of MIT's Science Fiction Society, says: "Maybe there are aliens. Who knows? The more you read, the more you realize you know nearly nothing at all."