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What happened after the lights came on in the universe?

September 15, 2016

An experiment to explore the aftermath of cosmic dawn, when stars and galaxies first lit up the universe,…
Earth-like planet near Proxima Centauri

August 25, 2016

At a distance of just over four light years, Proxima Centauri is the nearest star outside our solar…
3-D Galaxy-mapping Project Enters Construction Phase

August 11, 2016

A 3-D sky-mapping project that will measure the light of millions of galaxies has received formal approval from…
Steward Observatory Aids Discovery of Eye of Horus

July 27, 2016

Light from a distant galaxy can be strongly bent by the gravitational influence of a foreground galaxy, an…
Active tracking of astronaut rad-exposures targeted

July 19, 2016

Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime…
Small blue galaxy could shed new light on Big Bang

May 19, 2016

A faint blue galaxy about 30 million light-years from Earth and located in the constellation Leo Minor could…
Galactic center’s gamma rays unlikely to originate from dark matter, evidence shows

February 5, 2016

Bursts of gamma rays from the center of our galaxy are not likely to be signals of dark…
Space-Earth System Produces Highest-Resolution Astronomical Image

January 28, 2016

Using an orbiting radio-astronomy satellite combined with 15 ground-based radio telescopes, astronomers have made the highest-resolution, or most-detailed,…
Extreme Turbulence Roiling ‘Most Luminous Galaxy’ in the Universe

January 21, 2016

The most luminous galaxy in the Universe – a so-called obscured quasar 12.4 billion light-years away – is…
How to escape a black hole

November 27, 2015

An international team of astrophysicists, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, has observed a new way for…
How stars grow into heavyweights

November 4, 2015

Stars count lightweights and heavyweights among their number. All are born in clouds of gas and dust, but…
We’ve revealed a galaxy far, far away….

July 7, 2015

Scientists have revealed a galaxy five billion light-years away, using a new hi-tech telescope in remote Western Australia.…
ALMA Weighs Supermassive Black Hole at Center of Distant Spiral Galaxy

June 20, 2015

Supermassive black holes lurk at the center of every large galaxy. These cosmic behemoths can be millions to…
Map of mysterious molecules in galaxy sheds new light on century-old puzzle

January 9, 2015

By analyzing the light of hundreds of thousands of celestial objects, Johns Hopkins astronomers from the Sloan Digital…
Hubble discovers that Milky Way core drives wind at 2 million miles per hour

January 6, 2015

At a time when our earliest human ancestors mastered walking upright the heart of our Milky Way galaxy…
Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

October 23, 2014

It might look like a spoked wheel or even a “Chakram” weapon wielded by warriors like “Xena,” from…
Hubble finds jets and explosions in NGC 7793

September 29, 2014

Hubble Finds Jets and Explosions in NGC 7793 This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows…
Hubble sees spiral bridge of young stars between two ancient galaxies

July 11, 2014

Source: Hubblesite.org   Astronomers routinely use the crisp view of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to study all kinds…
Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of a galaxy at 1 million kilometres per hour

July 8, 2014

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of…
Black hole fireworks in nearby galaxy

July 7, 2014

A galaxy about 23 million light-years away is the site of impressive, ongoing, fireworks. Rather than paper, powder,…
Pair of researchers suggest black holes at center of galaxies might instead be wormholes

June 2, 2014

Credit: X-ray: NASA/UMass/D.Wang et al., IR: NASA/STScI Zilong Li and Cosimo Bambi with Fudan University in Shanghai have…
Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets hearing on Hill

May 23, 2014

Dan Werthimer, who directs Berkeley’s new SETI Research Center, summarized current efforts to search for extraterrestrial intelligence at…
Unique pair of supermassive black holes in an ordinary galaxy discovered

April 23, 2014

A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been discovered by an international research…
Study of galaxy Segue 1 suggests it may be a fossil from the early universe

April 9, 2014

The portion of sky in which astronomers found the Segue 1 dwarf galaxy. Credit: Marla Geha/W.M. Keck Observatory.…
The dusty heart of an active galaxy

March 13, 2014

Astronomers observe a dense disk and a bright funnel at the centre of the Circinus galaxy   An…
Newly discovered galaxy mirrors conditions after the Big Bang

February 28, 2014

Evan Skillman and Kristen McQuinn Using one of the world’s premier telescopes, University of Minnesota astrophysicists Evan Skillman…
Researchers discover association of gas-rich galaxies near the infancy of cosmic time

February 19, 2014

Image credit: Hubble/NASA Squinting close to the beginning of time, Dominik Riechers, Cornell assistant professor of astronomy, has…
Stars’ clockwork motion captured in nearby galaxy

February 19, 2014

This photo illustration shows Hubble measurements of the rotation of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), the nearest visible…
Nearest supernova in 27 years explodes in M82 galaxy

January 24, 2014

Credit: UCL/University of London Observatory/Steve Fossey/Ben Cooke/Guy Pollack/Matthew Wilde/Thomas Wright A supernova has been spotted in the constellation Ursa Major…
Hubble and Galaxy Zoo find bars and baby galaxies don’t mix

January 21, 2014

A Hubble Space Telescope image of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300, located 61 million light years away…
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