Astronomers aren't being poetic when they say this star is a diamond.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered the darkest cloud of interstellar dust and gas ever seen; it is so dense that even background infrared radiation is blocked, casting an ominous interstellar shadow. Continue reading →
We thought we had star formation mechanisms pinned down, but according to new observations of two star clusters, it seems our understanding of how stars are born is less than stellar. Continue reading →
Energy from newborn stars blasts out into space, illuminating the shrouds of material they were born in, as a new image shows. Continue reading →
Supermassive black holes could be quenching star formation in elliptical galaxies, forcing them to appear 'red and dead.'
Enjoy some of the most inspiring, beautiful and down-right stunning photos from our adventures in space this past week.
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 →
Dust. It's a nuisance. It's dirty. It makes you have to clean your house. And without it, we wouldn't even be here. That's why astronomers are so happy to find a whole lot of dust with a state-of-the-art radio telescope. Continue reading →
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