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Spin doctors: Astrophysicists find that when galaxies rotate, size matters

November 22, 2019

The direction in which a galaxy spins depends on its mass, researchers have found. A team of astrophysicists…
Runaway star was ejected from the “heart of darkness”

November 15, 2019

A star traveling at ultrafast speeds after being ejected by the supermassive black hole at the heart of…
Hubble captures galaxies’ ghostly gaze

November 4, 2019

When astronomers peer deep into space, they don’t expect to find something staring back at them. In this…
Combing Through The “X-Ray Files”

November 2, 2019

In its 20 years of operations, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has observed hundreds of thousands of X-ray sources…
Astronomers Catch Wind Rushing Out of Galaxy

October 31, 2019

Exploring the influence of galactic winds from a distant galaxy called Makani, UC San Diego’s Alison Coil, Rhodes…
Hubble Telescope has Likely Confirmed the Existence of Galaxies without Dark Matter

October 31, 2019

New research posted on the pre-print site arXiv on 16 October provides strong evidence that the universe contains…
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams, and M. Durbin (University of Washington)
Menacing-Looking ‘Face’ Formed by Titanic Smashup Between Two Galaxies

October 30, 2019

When astronomers peer deep into space, they don’t expect to find something staring back at them. In this…
Stars Pollute, but Galaxies Recycle

October 29, 2019

Galaxies were once thought of as lonely islands in the universe: clumps of matter floating through otherwise empty…
Galaxies’ Ghostly Gaze Captured by Hubble

October 29, 2019

Menacing-looking ‘face’ formed by titanic smashup between two galaxies. When astronomers peer deep into space, they don’t expect…
The Milky Way kidnapped several tiny galaxies from its neighbor

October 11, 2019

Just like the moon orbits the Earth, and the Earth orbits the sun, galaxies orbit each other according…
Spitzer Spots a Starry Region Bursting With Bubbles

October 1, 2019

This infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust full of bubbles,…
Galaxy found to float in a tranquil sea of halo gas

September 27, 2019

Using one cosmic mystery to probe another, an international team of astronomers has analyzed the signal from a…
NASA’s WFIRST Will Help Uncover the Universe’s Fate

September 15, 2019

Scientists have discovered that a mysterious pressure dubbed “dark energy” makes up about 68% of the total energy…
Sixteen Images for Spitzer’s Sweet 16

August 28, 2019

NASA launched its Spitzer Space Telescope into orbit around the Sun on Aug. 25, 2003. Since then, the…
Finding a cosmic fog within shattered intergalactic ‘pancakes’

August 14, 2019

To understand the most ordinary matter in the universe — and the extraordinary things that happen to it…
A long time ago, galaxies far, far away

August 12, 2019

Astronomers used the combined power of multiple astronomical observatories around the world and in space to discover a…
An Identity Problem on a Galactic Scale

August 8, 2019

At the center of certain galaxies are objects of such tremendous brightness they outshine the rest of their…
NASA’s Spitzer Spies a Perfectly Sideways Galaxy

August 8, 2019

This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope might look like a lightsaber floating in space, but it’s actually…
Anatomy of a Cosmic Seagull

August 7, 2019

Colourful and wispy, this intriguing collection of objects is known as the Seagull Nebula, named for its resemblance…
New measurement of universe’s expansion rate is “stuck in the middle”

July 23, 2019

A team of collaborators from Carnegie and the University of Chicago used red giant stars that were observed…
Light dark matter a thousand times less likely to bump into regular matter

July 15, 2019

Light dark matter is a thousand times less likely to bump into regular matter than previous astrophysical analyses…
Spiraling Filaments Feed Young Galaxies

July 2, 2019

Galaxies grow by accumulating gas from their surroundings and converting it to stars, but the details of this…
Faint Galactic Halos

June 19, 2019

Take a look at any galaxy in the universe through a telescope or in pictures captured by observatories…
How NASA’s Spitzer Has Stayed Alive for So Long

June 14, 2019

After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched…
Euclid Dark Energy Telescope Selects Deep Fields

June 13, 2019

Three extremely dark patches of the sky have been selected for in-depth observations by the European Space Agency’s…
Magnetic Field May Be Keeping Milky Way’s Black Hole Quiet

June 12, 2019

Supermassive black holes exist at the center of most galaxies, and our Milky Way is no exception. But…
Perfect Example of a Barred Spiral Galaxy, Seen Face On. This is What Our Milky Way Might Look Like

June 11, 2019

The Hubble Space Telescope has given us a beautiful image of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 7773. This…
NASA’s Spitzer Captures Stellar Family Portrait

May 31, 2019

In this large celestial mosaic taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, there’s a lot to see, including multiple…
Where do new stars form in galaxies?

May 27, 2019

Spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way are studded with cold clouds of hydrogen gas and dust, like…
Pinpointing Gaia to Map the Milky Way

May 4, 2019

ESO’s VST helps determine the spacecraft’s orbit to enable the most accurate map ever of more than a…
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