10 July 2014, 05:40 PM ET
The curly string is about 100,000 light-years long and sports blue "pearls" — actually huge young star clusters — every 3,000 light-years along the way, researchers said. You can zoom in on the beautiful structure, and learn more about it, in this new Hub
10 July 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Astronomers have found the farthest-flung stars yet known in the Milky Way. The two objects lie at least 775,000 light-years away, making them both about five times more distant than the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.
09 July 2014, 10:02 PM ET
A galaxy more than 12 billion light years from Earth is heading for a “red and dead” future because it is running out of the fuel needed to make new stars.
08 July 2014, 01:44 AM ET
The sun sets over Paranal Observatory in this beautiful space wallpaper, painting an array of subtle hues across the sky reminiscent of a Monet landscape.
07 July 2014, 05:40 PM ET
The European Space Agency has selected the Athena X-ray observatory as its second "large-class" science mission. Athena — which will cost about 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion at current exchange rates) — is scheduled to blast off in 2028.
07 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
NASA's NEOWISE snapped a series of infrared images of C/2012 K1 (aka Pan-STARRS) in May 2014, when the comet was ~143 million miles away. The spiral galaxy, NGC 3726, is 55 million light years away. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/bzopex
01 July 2014, 06:40 PM ET
Astronomers are studying the feeding habits of a cosmic cannibal to learn how galaxies grow. The Umbrella Galaxy is surrounded by "crumbs" left over from eating a smaller galaxy.
01 July 2014, 12:51 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows part of the 3000-metre peak of Cerro Armazones blasting away as a step towards levelling the summit in preparation for the construction of the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world.
27 June 2014, 12:02 AM ET
This cool space wallpaper shows an exit hole through Kevlar–Nextel fabric after hypervelocity testing of the multilayer shielding for ESA’s ATV space freighter, simulating an impact by space debris.
19 June 2014, 08:01 AM ET
Galaxies are churning out new stars all the time, but most of the universe's stars formed between two and six billion years after the Big Bang. The new observations, by the Hubble space telescope, capture the dwarf galaxies during this dramatic epoch.
18 June 2014, 09:27 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows the dust ring around the nearby star HR 4796A in the southern constellation of Centaurus. It was one of the first produced by the SPHERE instrument soon after it was installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in May 2014.
17 June 2014, 03:10 PM ET
The two different classes of jet-spewing active galaxies called blazars may, in fact, be a single hybrid type that evolves over time, according to new research.
17 June 2014, 07:37 AM ET
How to see two creatures that loom large in June's night sky — the constellations Centaurus (the Centaur) and Lupus (the Wolf).
15 June 2014, 07:48 AM ET
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory captured this new image of the galaxy Messier 51 using X-rays.
09 June 2014, 11:53 PM ET
This gorgeous space wallpaper, taken in the Atacama Desert in Chile, shows star trails circling the South Celestial Pole, over a cacti-dominated still landscape.
08 June 2014, 11:30 PM ET
In this space wallpaper, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope.
08 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A new image captured by NASA's Spitzer Telescope reveals a cluster of young stars inside the Serpens Cloud Core.
07 June 2014, 07:34 AM ET
Researchers have developed a method to recreate supernova explosions in the lab using high-intensity lasers.
06 June 2014, 03:23 PM ET
Astronomers have apparently discovered the first of a class of strange hybrid stars, confirming theoretical predictions made four decades ago. The stars, known as Thorne-Zytkow objects, are hybrids between red supergiants and neutron stars.
04 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A galactic cluster four-way collision has been recorded 5 billion light-years distant, an event previously unseen by astronomers.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer Mike Taylor took this image on May 27, 2014 from Bootlegger Canyon just outside of Moab, Utah.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
‘First Light’ for the European Southern Observatory's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) is a Centaurus constellation star (HR 4796A). It also took a finely detailed image of Saturn's moon Titan.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
ESO's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) can pick up the faint polarized light from distant exoplanets revealing their atmospheres’ composition, which may contain biomarkers. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/WjY4Yb
03 June 2014, 02:35 PM ET
By combining ultraviolet light with visible and near-infrared wavelengths, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UVUDF) project has captured the most comprehensive picture to date of star formation occurring between 5 and 10 billion years ago.
02 June 2014, 12:51 AM ET
This colorful space wallpaper from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star cluster NGC 3590.
29 May 2014, 11:00 AM ET
This stunning image of the Milky Way was taken from the Azores, an area with nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean near Portugal. See how veteran photographer Miguel Claro did it.
27 May 2014, 11:17 AM ET
This amazing composite view of the total lunar eclipse of April 15 shows the stages of the moon sight as viewed over the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. Skywatcher Mark Ezell created this composite view. See how he did it here.
27 May 2014, 10:52 AM ET
The bright, green glow of a springtime comet shines in this amazing photo captured by an stargazer using the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona. See how amateur astronomer Adam Block did it here.
27 May 2014, 12:07 AM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the magnetar in the very rich and young star cluster Westerlund 1.
22 May 2014, 12:26 AM ET
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured the images in this amazing space wallpaper showing the dancing auroral lights at Saturn’s north pole.
21 May 2014, 01:00 PM ET
See some of the best photos of supernovas — the explosive deaths of stars.
21 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The new photo, taken by a telescope in Chile, shows NGC 3590, a small cluster containing several dozen stars that lies about 7,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Carina (The Keel).
20 May 2014, 11:50 PM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper shows Jupiter's shrinking trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling storm feature larger than Earth.
19 May 2014, 11:46 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s view showing the planet orbiting the young star Beta Pictoris. This exoplanet is the first to have its rotation rate measured.
19 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Night sky photographer Matt Pollock captured this spellbinding photo of fireflies flickering in a field beneath the Summer Triangle and Milky Way galaxy. Here's how he did it.
18 May 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Back in the early 1930s, Arcturus made the front page of every newspaper in the United States, when the star was used to symbolically link two great world fairs that were separated by a span of 40 years.