Latest News for Stars and Galaxies Archive
12 December 2012, 01:02 PM ET
Scientists have solved a befuddling mystery about the X-ray light coming from the sun.
12 December 2012, 10:40 AM ET
Astronomers have put together an amazing new image of elliptical galaxy Hercules A.
11 December 2012, 12:40 PM ET
Scientists will report on a population of primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago.
10 December 2012, 09:08 AM ET
The surprising answers delivered in the streets of Cadiz, Spain and Cologne, Germany led to this informative explanatory video.
05 December 2012, 02:54 PM ET
A small galaxy named 2MASXI J0224301-244443 ripped through the center of galaxy NGC 922 around 330 million years ago. The collision disrupted clouds of gas and triggered the formation of new stars.
05 December 2012, 01:01 PM ET
Many binary systems spread across vast distances could host a third star in their center.
03 December 2012, 09:28 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows a three-colour image of SCR1845-6357AB generated from the SDI filter images (blue=1.575 micron, green=1.600 micron, red=1.625 micron).
28 November 2012, 01:13 PM ET
This animation depicts the orbit of a giant, super-massive black hole discovered in the compact galaxy NGC 1277. One second represents 22 million years of time in the simulation. Credit: NASA/ESA/Fabian/Remco C. E. van den Bosch of MPIA (animation)
28 November 2012, 06:00 AM ET
An eruption of matter from a quasar could show how galaxies shed weight.
14 November 2012, 06:01 AM ET
The massive exoplanet is just 100 light-years from Earth.
13 November 2012, 05:47 PM ET
This beautiful space wallpaper shows the central parts of the starburst galaxy NGC 1313. The very active state of this galaxy is very evident from the image, showing many star formation regions.
12 November 2012, 01:32 PM ET
This space wallpaper reveals an almost-true colour composite based on images made with the multi-mode VIMOS instrument on the 8.2-m Melipal (Unit Telescope 3) of ESO's Very Large Telescope.
09 November 2012, 01:53 PM ET
This quasar is the most distant yet found and is seen as it was just 770 million years after the Big Bang in this space wallpaper.
08 November 2012, 03:56 PM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows the beautiful edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 3190 with tightly wound arms and a warped shape that makes it resemble a gigantic potato crisp, as seen by ESO's Very Large Telescope.
08 November 2012, 02:00 PM ET
Fleming 1 is a rare planetary nebula enclosing a binary pair of white dwarf stars (typically these shells of gas surround only one white dwarf). The fast orbit of these stars creates two nearly symmetric jets that make Fleming 1 atypical.
08 November 2012, 09:19 AM ET
In DC's Action Comics 14, the renowned astrophysicist helps Superman track down his home planet. By looking at the facts of this run of the comic he found a similar real Universe red dwarf solar system that the Man of Steel can call home.
07 November 2012, 11:03 AM ET
Whether big or small, stars mostly form the same way; stellar gasses accumulating and slowly condensing until a fusion reaction is started. However, stars can die in different way, from super nova explosions to slow, steady decay.
07 November 2012, 06:55 AM ET
Stars are being born today at just 3 percent the rate of the universe's long-ago peak.
06 November 2012, 01:38 PM ET
The Centaurus A elliptical galaxy may have swallowed a spiral in its past.
05 November 2012, 02:57 PM ET
The gorgeous photo depicts the galaxy NGC 3738, which is 12 million light-years from Earth.
05 November 2012, 02:45 PM ET
A red giant star named BD+ 48 740, consumed a rocky world according to observations made by the 9.2 meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope. High amounts of lithium contained in the red giant tell this tale of planetary destruction.
02 November 2012, 03:29 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies called Arp 147, the blue ring-shaped galaxy's distinctive look was probably created when the galaxy on the left passed through the galaxy on the right.
01 November 2012, 03:58 PM ET
Stargazers can catch the constellations of Cassiopeia, Cepheus and Andromeda overhead this week.
01 November 2012, 02:00 PM ET
NASA's Fermi telescope has detected some of the first light emitted by stars in the early universe.
31 October 2012, 05:29 PM ET
An Old Idea Gives Telescopes A New Twist
31 October 2012, 02:01 PM ET
Ancient supernovas occurred shortly after the universe was born in the Big Bang.
31 October 2012, 01:01 PM ET
The competition offers prizes of $12,000, $5,000 and $3,000.
26 October 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The galaxy's core may have been puffed up by a black hole merger, scientists say.
24 October 2012, 01:01 PM ET
A pervasive radiation throughout the sky has befuddled scientists.
24 October 2012, 06:00 AM ET
The huge 9-gigapixel image was snapped by a telescope in Chile.
23 October 2012, 04:55 PM ET
By combining thousands of infrared images by Europe's dust-piercing VISTA telescope, astronomers have been able study more Milky Way stars than ever before.
23 October 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Material falling into a black hole has created a cosmic jet similar to those seen streaming from jet planes.
22 October 2012, 02:40 PM ET
Researchers had thought disks like our own Milky Way had been static for the last 8 billion years.
19 October 2012, 02:04 PM ET
A study of 544 star-forming galaxies observed by the Keck and Hubble telescopes shows that disk galaxies like our own Milky Way unexpectedly reached their current state long after much of the universe's star formation had ceased.
17 October 2012, 10:55 AM ET
The newly discovered Earth-size planet is alluring, but San Franciscans are wary about interstellar travel.
10 October 2012, 03:00 PM ET
NASA turned its Chandra X-Ray Observatory to planetary nebulas in our solar neighborhood (within 5000 light years). These objects are the remains of red giant stars that shed most of their mass as they condense into white dwarfs.