Latest News for Stars and Galaxies Archive
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.
01 January 2013, 01:18 PM ET
This unique space wallpaper shows AB7, one of the highest excitation nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds (MCs), two satellite galaxies of our own Milky Way.
21 December 2012, 01:51 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows an artist’s impression of the supergiant star Betelgeuse as it was revealed thanks to different state-of-the-art techniques on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT).
19 December 2012, 01:01 PM ET
Some enormous clusters manage to stay young at heart, a new study finds.
18 December 2012, 10:25 AM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a spinning and gyrating white dwarf carving some incredible features into the planetary nebula (NGC 5189) it has formed.
13 December 2012, 02:01 PM ET
The ratio of the mass of a proton to the mass of an electron hasn't changed.
12 December 2012, 02:20 PM ET
A galaxy that may be farther than any previously seen is shedding light on the earliest years of the universe.
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).