Latest News About Stars and Galaxies

Stars are giant, luminous spheres of plasma. Galaxies consist of stars, stellar remnants, dust, gas, and dark matter, bound together by gravity. Learn more about stars and galaxies.
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It's Full of Stars! Brilliant Cluster Captured in New Images, Video
Open Cluster IC 4651
August 19th, 2015
A middle-aged clutch of stars shines in many colors in a new image released by the European Southern Observatory. The stars in the image are from an open star cluster called IC 4651, which lies in the Milky Way about 3,000 light-years from Earth.
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Why Magnetars Should Freak You Out
Magnetar in Star Cluster Westerlund 1
August 14th, 2015
If you see a magnetar, don't pick it up.
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Tiniest Monster Black Hole Discovered
RGG 118 Supermassive Black Hole
August 14th, 2015
Located at the heart of a dwarf galaxy known as RGG 118, the black hole contains about 50,000 times more mass than the sun. It's therefore less than half as heavy as the second-smallest known supermassive black hole, researchers said.
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Giant Mystery Ring of Galaxies Should Not Exist
Dstribution of GRBs on the Sky
August 7th, 2015
Astronomers have announced the discovery of a truly monstrous structure consisting of a ring of galaxies around 5 billion light-years across — and it defies cosmological theory.
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Ancient Galaxy Is Most Distant Ever Found
EGSY8p7 Galaxy
August 5th, 2015
The newfound galaxy, known as EGSY8p7, lies about 13.2 billion light-years from Earth — meaning astronomers are now seeing the mass of stars as it existed just 600 million years or so after the Big Bang that created the universe.
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