Chile plays host to some of the most advanced observatories on the planet, but being located in a region where the skies are astronomically pristine can come at a price.
The unusual hourglass-shaped structure is carved by multiple jets of gas, suggesting the structure hides two bulky newborn stars at its heart.
There might not be ships crashing in it, but there is a region of space where computers crash, telescopes can't function, and satellites shutdown.
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.
On the evening of Saturday (July 18) the crescent moon, as it moves eastward across the sky, will appear to pass directly below the crescent planet Venus, which itself is moving westward across the sky.
For the next few nights, be sure to make a special effort to go outside at twilight and look West -- if you live in the Northern Hemisphere and have clear skies.
Jupiter and our moon will perform a celestial dance tonight, clear skies willing.
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