The most dense galaxies known to exist in our universe have been discovered by 2 undergraduate students while looking through years of archival data.
Mike Simmons, President and Founder of the non-profit organization Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), gives Discovery News an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at an observing flight on board the world's biggest airborne infrared observatory.
No, this isn't humanity's attempt at laser-etching Saturn's cloudy atmosphere with interplanetary graffiti, this is the stunning view at the bottom of a brand new adaptive optics system intended to superboost the clarity of deep space.
For the first time, astronomers have added a new 3-dimensional perspective to the Hubble Space Telescope's dazzling view of the Eagle Nebula's famous 'Pillars of Creation.'
The astronomical juxtaposition couldn't be any more stark: in the series of observations above, Jupiter's icy moon Europa passes in front of Io, fellow Jovian moon, but also the most volcanically active place in the entire solar system.
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) now spans the diameter of our planet and, when the vast project goes online, astronomers will get their first glimpse of the bright ring surrounding a supermassive black hole.
Astronomers have detected an exoplanet's visible-light spectrum directly for the first time ever, a milestone that could help bring many other alien worlds into clearer focus down the road.
Astronomers have devised an instrument that could lift the veil of doubt over whether we're alone in the universe.
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