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Study of distant galaxies challenges our understanding of how stars form

ESO/UltraVISTA team. Acknowledgement: TERAPIX/CNRS/INSU/CASU, CC BY-SA

Study of distant galaxies challenges our understanding of how stars form

Study of distant galaxies challenges our understanding of how stars form ESO/UltraVISTA team. Acknowledgement: TERAPIX/CNRS/INSU/CASU, CC BY-SA Marie Martig, Liverpool John Moores University The most massive galaxies in our neighbourhood formed their stars billions of years ago, early in the history of the universe. At […]

Hubble’s Cartwheel

An image of the Cartwheel Galaxy taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble’s Cartwheel

Hubble’s Cartwheel This is an image of the Cartwheel Galaxy taken with the NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) Hubble Space Telescope. The object was first spotted on wide-field images from the U.K. Schmidt telescope and then studied in detail using the Anglo-Australian Telescope. Lying about 500 […]

Looking up a century ago, a vision of the future of space exploration

A statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in Moscow, Russia. Shutterstock/VLADJ

Looking up a century ago, a vision of the future of space exploration

Looking up a century ago, a vision of the future of space exploration A statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in Moscow, Russia. Shutterstock/VLADJ Alice Gorman, Flinders University In the early years of the 20th century a Russian scientist – now known as the father of astronautics […]

A huge asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, but what danger do smaller ones pose?

Don’t panic…yet. Lwp Kommunikáció/Flickr, CC BY-SA

A huge asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, but what danger do smaller ones pose?

A huge asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, but what danger do smaller ones pose? Don’t panic…yet. Lwp Kommunikáció/Flickr, CC BY-SA Monica Grady, The Open University A small asteroid passed relatively close to Earth this month, having been discovered just six days earlier. This might sound […]

Hubble Weighs in on Mass of Three Million Billion Suns

In 2014, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope found that this enormous galaxy cluster contains the mass of a staggering three million billion Suns. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, RELICS

Hubble Weighs in on Mass of Three Million Billion Suns

Hubble Weighs in on Mass of Three Million Billion Suns In 2014, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope found that this enormous galaxy cluster contains the mass of a staggering three million billion suns — so it’s little wonder that it has earned the […]

How we created a mini ‘gamma ray burst’ in the lab for the first time

Illustration of a gamma ray burst in space. ESO/A. Roquette, CC BY-SA

How we created a mini ‘gamma ray burst’ in the lab for the first time

How we created a mini ‘gamma ray burst’ in the lab for the first time Illustration of a gamma ray burst in space. ESO/A. Roquette, CC BY-SA Gianluca Sarri, Queen’s University Belfast Gamma ray bursts, intense explosions of light, are the brightest events ever observed […]

The stories behind Aboriginal star names now recognised by the world’s astronomical body

Milky Way star map by Bill Yidumduma Harney, Senior Wardaman Edler. Bill Yidumduma Harney, CC BY

The stories behind Aboriginal star names now recognised by the world’s astronomical body

The stories behind Aboriginal star names now recognised by the world’s astronomical body Milky Way star map by Bill Yidumduma Harney, Senior Wardaman Edler. Bill Yidumduma Harney, CC BY Duane W. Hamacher, Monash University Four stars in the night sky have been formally recognised by […]

Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

This artist concept shows K2-138, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing A system of at least five exoplanets has been discovered by citizen scientists through a project called Exoplanet Explorers, part of the online platform Zooniverse, using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope. This is the first multi-planet system discovered entirely […]