Latest News for Stars and Galaxies Archive
19 November 2014, 12:30 AM ET
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a striking space wallpaper of a multiple star system called XZ Tauri, its neighbour HL Tauri and several nearby young stellar objects.
18 November 2014, 06:38 AM ET
The mysterious substance that makes up most of the matter in the universe may be destroying neutron stars by turning them into black holes in the center of the Milky Way, new research suggests.
17 November 2014, 10:49 PM ET
This space wallpaper beautifully captures the zodiacal light, a triangular glow seen best in night skies free of overpowering moonlight and light pollution.
13 November 2014, 08:39 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows extensive dust and small clumps of star formation in part of the Taurus star formation region.
12 November 2014, 12:32 PM ET
The mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe may behave more like wavy fluids than solid particles, helping to explain the shapes of galaxies, a new study suggests.
11 November 2014, 10:28 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows how the effect of gravitational lensing around a normal galaxy focuses the light coming from a very distant star-forming galaxy merger to created a distorted, but brighter view.
10 November 2014, 11:19 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows Beta Pictoris, located about 60 light-years away towards the constellation of Pictor (the Painter's Easel) and is one of the best-known examples of a star surrounded by a dusty debris disc.
06 November 2014, 02:01 PM ET
As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies, an unexpected discovery made in a new study using NASA rockets. These stars could help solve mysteries regarding missing light and particles.
05 November 2014, 12:57 AM ET
In this dizzying space wallpaper, we see a crowded night sky filled with star trails, a result of the camera's long exposure time. The starlight is reflected back at numerous different angles toward the camera from the giant parabolic dish.
03 November 2014, 11:14 PM ET
This space wallpaper from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic oddity, dwarf galaxy DDO 68.
31 October 2014, 11:01 AM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the dust and gas around the double star system GG Tauri-A.
29 October 2014, 10:29 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows the sky around the young multiple star system GG Tauri, which appears very close to the centre of this picture.
29 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The photo, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in infrared light, shows a burst of starbirth in the galaxy NGC 1291, which lies 33 million light-years from Earth and is about 12 billion years old.
28 October 2014, 10:43 PM ET
A solitary laser beam cuts through the night sky in this space wallpaper.
28 October 2014, 01:48 AM ET
How many stars can you see at night? Right now people all over the world are being asked to go out and count them!
27 October 2014, 11:17 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression of exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris.
21 October 2014, 10:01 PM ET
This space wallpaper of Abell 2744 is the first to come from Hubble's Frontier Fields observing programme.
21 October 2014, 12:13 AM ET
This space wallpaper depicts the formation of a galaxy cluster in the early Universe.
16 October 2014, 12:35 AM ET
This vivid space wallpaper resembles an abstract painting, or perhaps a contemporary stained-glass window. But it is actually an unusual view of a galaxy taken with the new MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
14 October 2014, 11:51 PM ET
In this space wallpaper, sitting atop Cerro Paranal high above the Atacama Desert in Chile, two of the Very Large Telescope's Unit Telescopes quietly bask in the starlight, observing the Milky Way as it arches over ESO's Paranal Observatory.
14 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Models using a century-old equation suggest that the Milky Way contains only half the dark matter than scientists had previously thought.
14 October 2014, 06:50 AM ET
A new photo of a huge galaxy cluster under construction in the early universe shows star formation happening in unexpected places, scientists have found.
13 October 2014, 10:58 PM ET
The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile took this space wallpaper of the open Wild Duck Cluster, Messier 11, or NGC 6705.
10 October 2014, 08:01 AM ET
The moon, the famous Pleiades star cluster and the red star Aldebaran will dance together in the night sky this Saturday.
09 October 2014, 11:17 PM ET
This space wallpaper from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic oddity, dwarf galaxy DDO 68.
09 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
After a 40-year search, astronomers have apparently found the first Thorne-Zytkow object, a hypothesized hybrid star thought to form when a red supergiant swallows a neutron star.
09 October 2014, 12:13 AM ET
Each of the colorful objects in this space wallpaper illustrates one of 30 merging galaxies. The contours in the individual galaxies show the signal strength from carbon monoxide while the color represents the motion of gas.
07 October 2014, 10:54 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist's concept of the silhouette of the extrasolar planet HAT-P-11b as it passes its parent star.
06 October 2014, 10:35 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows ESO's La Silla Observatory with a backdrop of the Milky Way. Established in the 1960s, La Silla was ESO's first observatory to be built in Chile.
06 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extraterrestrial civilizations but the vast distances between our galactic cousins will make contact extremely rare, a new study concludes.
02 October 2014, 01:55 PM ET
The bright, hazy smudge at the center of this space wallpaper is a comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, or 67P/C-G for short.
01 October 2014, 02:06 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows a night of observing the Northern Celestial Pole from the Allgäu Public Observatory in Ottobeuren, Germany.
29 September 2014, 03:44 PM ET
After sunset this evening, look 15 degrees up from the southwest horizon. There you’ll see a crescent moon, 30 percent illuminated. Hovering almost directly below it will be Mars, which looks like a moderately bright yellow-orange star.
29 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The close-orbiting alien planet, known as WASP-18b, is apparently disrupting the magnetic field of its host star so much that the object is behaving like a much older star, researchers said.
26 September 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Among the nearly 2,000 planets found beyond our solar system, there are volcanic super-Earths, gas giants that dwarf Jupiter and worlds with multiple sunsets. Here are some of the most incredible.