A dying star has left behind a beautiful, if temporary, parting gift -- an expanding planetary nebula.
In this mesmerizing view of a stellar nursery by the ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, a stunning celebration is underway.
Astronomers studying the globular star clusters orbiting the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) have stumbled upon a fascinating discovery -- the clusters are too massive.
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.'
A new study carried out by the ESO's Very Large Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revealed for the first time that dark matter may well interact with itself. Continue reading →
Astronomers have discovered a stellar rarity deep inside an oddly-shaped nebula -- two white dwarf stars on the verge of a cataclysmic merging event.
Hiding deep inside the Gum Nebula, some 1,300 light-years from Earth, are a collection of mysterious objects that look like comets -- but they're certainly NOT comets.
It's often said where there's smoke, there's fire -- but the only fire here is the reddish glow from vast clouds of ionized hydrogen, set alight by the powerful UV radiation pouring out of nearby hot young stars. Continue reading →
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