A planet-hunting project is snapping pictures of alien worlds and other objects orbiting nearby stars in an effort to give scientists a better understanding of these intriguing exoplanets.
You know when you're having a bad day when you get hit by a billion ton asteroid -- but for a pulsar 37,000 light-years away, it's just a another day at the office. Continue reading →
Scorpions can deliver a nasty sting, but in the tail of this cosmic arachnid there's a cluster of glittering jewels: the hundred-or-so stars of the Messier 7 cluster, located 800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpio. Continue reading →
John Dobson, inventor of the Dobsonian mount for telescopes, passed away at the age of 98 in January, but he left behind a wonderful legacy for modern amateur astronomers.
After carrying out a vast survey using data from multiple observatories, astronomers think they've found the 'missing link' for the earliest compact galaxies. Continue reading →
In a recently-released view of the beautiful Trifid Nebula, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) takes an intimate look into the effects of star birth inside the cloud of dust and gas.
The ESO's VLT Survey Telescope has captured a jaw-dropping view of the Lagoon Nebula -- a star-forming interstellar cloud incubating baby stars enshrouded in knots of gas and dust.
Astronomers have spotted a distant galaxy that existed in the very early Universe -- but far from it being a strange-looking galaxy, it actually looks strangely familiar. Continue reading →
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