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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Rare View of Black Hole Caught in 'Bull's-Eye' Eruption (Video)
X-ray light from black hole
July 18th, 2015
Rings of X-ray light flare and fade around an active black hole in a stunning new set of observations by NASA's Swift space telescope. The bull's-eye structure results from the reflection of X-ray light by dust, which creates a series of "echoes."
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Wild Milky Way Map Reveals Hidden Loops of Multicolored Microwaves
Planck Satellite Sky Map
July 15th, 2015
Bold colors run like currents of water in a new map from Europe's Planck satellite, revealing the Milky Way galaxy in microwaves.
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Red, White & Blue! Stars Cluster in Festive Cosmic Portrait
Cluster NGC 2367
July 4th, 2015
A cluster of bright, young blue stars shows up vividly against the red hydrogen gas of their surrounding stellar birthplace in a stunning photo out just in time for the Fourth of July.
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Weird 'Buckyballs' May Be at Root of Milky Way Mystery
Artist's concept of buckyball molecules
July 17th, 2015
"Buckyball" molecules appear to be commonplace across the universe, and may even be sources of organic molecules that are key to the origin and evolution of life, a new study suggests.
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Enormous Black Hole Is Too Big for Its Galaxy
Jets from a Supermassive Black Hole
July 9th, 2015
A newfound giant black hole nearly as massive as 7 billion suns is dozens of times larger than astronomers expected given its host galaxy's size, researchers say. The finding may call most current models of galaxy formation into question.
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