Latest News for Stars and Galaxies Archive
26 March 2014, 07:20 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an orbit diagram for the outer solar system. The sun and terrestrial planets are at the center. The orbits of the four giant planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are shown by purple solid circles.
25 March 2014, 05:01 PM ET
A distant spiral galaxy is leaving behind much of its gas as it shoves its way through its parent galactic cluster. The result will be fatal, as the galaxy will lose most of the fuel it requires for star formation.
25 March 2014, 02:46 PM ET
This 360-degree mosaic panorama of the Milky Way was taken over ten years by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
25 March 2014, 02:27 PM ET
Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion are evident in this space wallpaper recorded by the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 25, 2014, about one-quarter mile (about 400 meters) from a planned waypoint called "the Kimberley."
25 March 2014, 02:25 PM ET
After 10 years capturing 2 million infrared snapshots of our galaxy using the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA has created a 360-degree panoramic view of our galaxy, showing stars from across the 100,000 light years of the milky way.
24 March 2014, 12:56 PM ET
Two pairs of Saturn’s moons make a rare joint appearance in this amazing space wallpaper.
21 March 2014, 11:22 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper is a color composite of the unusual polar ring galaxy NGC 4650A. The image was created from data from the new MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
21 March 2014, 09:43 AM ET
A new innovative instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) has been successfully installed on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. See the amazing photos here.
20 March 2014, 02:20 PM ET
To celebrate its 24th year in orbit, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released this beautiful space wallpaper of part of NGC 2174, also known as the Monkey Head Nebula.
20 March 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The weather did not cooperate for night owls hoping to see a rare celestial sight in the wee hours of Thursday morning (March 20). Skywatchers stayed up late hoping to see the huge asteroid 163 Erigone pass in front of the bright star Regulus.
19 March 2014, 06:36 PM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper is a mosaic from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showcasing the north pole in high resolution. The images run from 60 to 90 degrees north latitude, with a resolution of 6.5 feet (2 meters) per pixel.
19 March 2014, 04:31 PM ET
Get a little tipsy at your favorite bar while checking out a very rare cosmic treat happening above New York City tonight: An asteroid the size of Rhode Island will pass in front of one of the brightest stars in the night sky during the wee hours.
19 March 2014, 01:03 AM ET
An asteroid the size of Rhode Island will briefly blot out one of the brightest stars in the sky overnight tonight (March 19-20), and you can watch the rare celestial event live online. Here's how.
18 March 2014, 02:12 PM ET
The Dark Sector Lab (DSL), located 3/4 of a mile from the Geographic South Pole, houses the BICEP2 telescope (left) and the South Pole Telescope (right).
18 March 2014, 11:35 AM ET
The night sky can be a wondrous place filled with stars, but there are some brilliant celestial lights that shine brighter than others. Here's a list of the top 10 brightest stars in the night sky.
17 March 2014, 03:13 PM ET
The sun sets behind BICEP2 (in the foreground) and the South Pole Telescope (in the background) in this stunning space wallpaper.
13 March 2014, 05:14 PM ET
This amazing space wallpaper shows an ultra-bright young galaxy known as GN-z10-3, discovered in the Hubble GOODS North field (Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey).
13 March 2014, 07:46 AM ET
Hundreds of “rogue” wandering black holes may dwell in the Milky Way – and now Harvard University researchers say they know how to detect them. The discovery of these strange objects could shed light on the formation of the Milky Way and other galaxies.
12 March 2014, 01:48 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the yellow hypergiant star HR 5171. This is a very rare type of star with only a dozen known in our galaxy. Its size is over 1300 times that of our Sun — one of the largest ten stars found so far.
11 March 2014, 04:08 PM ET
A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this stunning space wallpaper taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft’s narrow-angle camera on Sept. 10, 2013. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn's second largest moon.
10 March 2014, 11:33 AM ET
Only 12 million years old, or less than three-thousandths of the age of the Sun, Beta Pictoris, as seen in this space wallpaper, is 75 percent more massive than our parent star.
07 March 2014, 01:00 PM ET
This space wallpaper from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the rare sight of the asteroid P/2013 R3 breaking apart. This image, the first in a series, was taken on Oct. 29, 2013.
06 March 2014, 12:42 PM ET
As spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 zooms through the super hot gas of the Norma cluster, much of it's own gas is pulled away in a process called 'ram pressure stripping. The threads of gas left behind give birth to bright young stars, seen here in blue.
06 March 2014, 11:07 AM ET
The spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 looks like a dandelion caught in a breeze in this stunning space wallpaper from Hubble Space Telescope.
05 March 2014, 03:20 PM ET
Astronomers have calculated how fast a distant supermassive black hole rotates, clocking it at nearly half the speed of light. A fortuitious lineup of cosmic objects allowed scientists to measure the mind-boggling spin rate.
05 March 2014, 12:26 PM ET
Spinning 390 times a second, the "black widow" pulsar PSR J1311−3430 periodically swings its radio (green) and gamma-ray (magenta) beams past Earth in this amazing space wallpaper.
04 March 2014, 02:36 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an illustration depicting the amount of space junk currently orbiting Earth.
04 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The detection of eight new planet candidates implies that virtually all red dwarfs throughout the galaxy have planets, and at least 25 percent of these stars in the sun's own neighborhood host habitable-zone "super-Earths," researchers said.
03 March 2014, 12:25 PM ET
This dazzling space wallpaper from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the bright star cluster Messier 7.
28 February 2014, 03:30 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a view of the microquasar MQ1—a black hole in the galaxy M83—as it appeared to the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3.
28 February 2014, 02:56 PM ET
The now-famous supernova that erupted in neighboring galaxy M82 last month is a unique opportunity to study an exploding star up-close. However, SN 2014J isn’t any old supernova, it turns out that it’s a little bit weird.
27 February 2014, 09:38 AM ET
This cool space wallpaper shows a composite view of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1399. The stellar component, as observed at optical wavelengths, is shown in white at the center of the image.
26 February 2014, 02:14 PM ET
A powerful new technique for hunting alien planets yields a major new crop of new worlds. See how it helped NASA's Kepler Space Telescope confirm the existence of 715 new alien planets to nearly double the known list of exoplanets.
26 February 2014, 11:58 AM ET
Powerful jets generated by supermassive black holes could be quenching star formation in elliptical galaxies, forcing them to appear "red and dead," a new study reports.
26 February 2014, 10:29 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows a small part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest galaxies to our own. This collection of small baby stars, most weighing less than the Sun, form a young stellar cluster known as LH63.
25 February 2014, 12:25 PM ET
Roguish runaway stars can have a big impact on their surroundings as they plunge through the Milky Way galaxy. Their high-speed encounters shock the galaxy, creating arcs, as seen in this space wallpaper of speedster star Kappa Cassiopeiae, or HD 2905.