Latest News for Stars and Galaxies Archive
18 March 2013, 10:23 AM ET
This space wallpaper is a schematic representing how light from a distant galaxy is distorted by the gravitational effects of a nearer foreground galaxy known as Einstein rings.
15 March 2013, 04:30 PM ET
Schmidt discusses quasars, their impact on astronomy and the anniversary of his seminal find.
15 March 2013, 01:46 PM ET
The Keck Observatory will be looking for more donations to counteract a freeze on federal grant spending.
13 March 2013, 02:02 PM ET
Astronomers still lack a basic understanding of how these incredibly bright objects work.
12 March 2013, 11:45 AM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper is a map of a section of the Universe showing the positions of thousands of galaxies that were measured as part of the VIPERS survey with ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
08 March 2013, 03:47 PM ET
This space wallpaper combines Hubble observations of M 106 with additional information captured by amateur astronomers Robert Gendler and Jay GaBany. Gendler combined Hubble data with his own observations to produce this stunning color image.
04 March 2013, 05:56 AM ET
Skywatcher P-M Heden of The World at Night snapped this beautiful image of a family stargazing in September 2012.
28 February 2013, 10:46 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows a deep-field image of what is known as a supercluster of galaxies — a giant group of galaxy clusters which are themselves clustered together.
24 February 2013, 11:28 PM ET
This artist’s impression shows the material ejected from the region around the supermassive black hole in the quasar SDSS J1106+1939 in this cool space wallpaper.
21 February 2013, 07:00 AM ET
White dwarfs have magnetic fields many thousands of times stronger than any on Earth.
20 February 2013, 07:23 PM ET
This cool space wallpaper from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows the bright star cluster NGC 6520 and its neighbor, the strangely shaped dark cloud Barnard 86.
20 February 2013, 05:24 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows an artist’s impression of the disc of gas and cosmic dust around the young star HD 142527.
20 February 2013, 03:14 PM ET
The blinking star Algol is actually a pair of eclipsing stars.
15 February 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The warped leftovers of an exploded star could be hiding what is possibly the youngest black hole in our galaxy.
12 February 2013, 07:01 PM ET
Giant black holes are famous for their appetites, but these matter-munching monsters are even greedier than scientists had thought.
12 February 2013, 11:05 AM ET
Hypervelocity stars similar to our sun could shed light on star formation in the dust-shrouded center of the Milky Way.
08 February 2013, 03:39 PM ET
Some stars are ticking time bombs on their way to becoming supernovas.
06 February 2013, 11:01 AM ET
This gorgeous pink galaxy hides a gorging black hole.
05 February 2013, 08:58 AM ET
Photographer Justin Ng ( captured the cones of Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru and Mount Batok during sunset and into the night. Lava smoke, long exposure stars, and a passing dust storm spice the scene.
01 February 2013, 11:37 AM ET
Stargazers will be able to see a clear view of the Orion and Canis Major Constellations this month, and the many bright stars they contain.
30 January 2013, 05:04 PM ET
Radio waves have been found from the coolest brown dwarf source yet, a failed star in the constellation Leo.
30 January 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Swirling gas around black holes provides the key.
28 January 2013, 11:13 PM ET
This amazing space wallpaper shows an artist’s impression of the material around a recently exploded star, known as Supernova 1987A (or SN 1987A).
28 January 2013, 04:36 PM ET
160,000 light years from Earth, the region of hurried massive star growth and supernovas called DL50 is radiating x-rays 20x faster than a typical such structure. Chandra X-Ray Observatory scientists are looking to find out why.
15 January 2013, 12:06 AM ET
In this space wallpaper, the bright core of the Tarantula Nebula with the cluster of hot stars. Note also the wisps of luminous gas extending as "legs" from the central area - this is how the nebula got its creepy name.
13 January 2013, 10:00 AM ET
Astronomers think they know why a dense gas cloud near the Milky Way's center is producing so few stars.
11 January 2013, 03:43 PM ET
The huge instrument is making good progress toward a planned 2018 launch, NASA officials say.
11 January 2013, 04:01 AM ET
The clump of quasars stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end.
10 January 2013, 05:06 PM ET
This composite space wallpaper shows the jet from a black hole at the center of a galaxy striking the edge of another galaxy.
10 January 2013, 04:58 PM ET
NGC 6872 is more than five times wider than our own Milky Way.
10 January 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A new estimate puts our galaxy's mass at 500 trillion to 1 quadrillion times that of the sun.
08 January 2013, 03:45 PM ET
The structure is more than 300 light-years long but just 1 or 2 light-years wide.
07 January 2013, 02:27 PM ET
The spectacular outburst is 10 times brighter than the biggest supernova.
07 January 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Astronomers have spotted comets in six more alien star systems, bringing the tally to 10.
02 January 2013, 02:56 PM ET
A new study suggests planets are extremely common throughout the galaxy.
02 January 2013, 01:00 PM ET
Baby planets pull gas and dust toward their parent star, helping young suns to continue in their evolution.