Artist's illustration and X-ray image of "red nugget" galaxy Mrk 1216. Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MTA-Eötvös University/N. Werner et al., Illustration: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss

Red Nuggets’ Are Galactic Gold for Astronomers

Red Nuggets’ Are Galactic Gold for Astronomers About a decade ago, astronomers discovered a population of small, but massive galaxies called “red nuggets.” A new…

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Artist conception of a tidal disruption event (TDE) that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole. Sophia Dagnello, NRAO/AUI/NSF., Author provided

Astronomers watch as black hole drags an exploding star to its death

Astronomers watch as black hole drags an exploding star to its death Artist conception of a tidal disruption event (TDE) that happens when a star…

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An image of the galaxy Arp299B, which is undergoing a merging process with Arp299A (the galaxy to the left), captured by NASA's Hubble space telescope. The inset features an artist's illustration of a tidal disruption event (TDE), which occurs when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole. A TDE was recently observed near the center of Arp299B. Credits: Sophia Dagnello, NRAO/AUI/NSF; NASA, STScI

Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star

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An illustration of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, which has now been studying the extreme universe for a decade. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab

NASA’s Fermi Satellite Celebrates 10 Years of Discoveries

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A ripple of bright blue threads through this galaxy like a misshapen lake system. The foreground of this image is littered with nearby stars with their gleaming diffraction spikes. A keen eye can also spot a few other galaxies that, while masquerading as stars at first glance, reveal their true nature on closer inspection. The central galaxy streaked with colour, IC 4870, was discovered by DeLisle Stewart in 1900 and is located approximately 28 million light-years away. It contains an active galactic nucleus, or AGN: an extremely luminous central region so alight with radiation that it can outshine the rest of the galaxy put together. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble Images a Galaxy with Threads of Blue

Hubble Images a Galaxy with Threads of Blue A ripple of bright blue gas threads through this galaxy like a misshapen lake system. The foreground…

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This artist’s impression shows a dusty galaxy in the distant Universe that is forming stars at a rate much higher than in our Milky Way. New ALMA observations have allowed scientists to lift the veil of dust and see what was previously inaccessible — that such starburst  galaxies have an excess of massive stars as compared to more peaceful galaxies. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

ALMA and VLT Find Too Many Massive Stars in Starburst Galaxies, Near and Far

ALMA and VLT Find Too Many Massive Stars in Starburst Galaxies, Near and Far Astronomers using ALMA and the VLT have discovered that both starburst…

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An artist’s illustration of a black hole “eating” a star. NASA/JPL-Caltech

The next big discovery in astronomy? Scientists probably found it years ago – but they don’t know it yet

The next big discovery in astronomy? Scientists probably found it years ago – but they don’t know it yet An artist’s illustration of a black…

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Image credit: NASA/CXC/Columbia Univ./C. Hailey et al.

Black Hole Bounty Captured in the Milky Way Center

Black Hole Bounty Captured in the Milky Way Center Astronomers have discovered evidence for thousands of black holes located near the center of our Milky…

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X-ray “heartbeats” of two different black holes that ingest gas from their companion stars. GRS 1915 has nearly five times the mass of IGR J17091, which at three solar masses may be the smallest black hole known. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Leaves Scientific ‘Treasure Trove’

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Top-down artist depiction of a tiny black hole and a pileup of gas and matter swirling toward the center. NASA

Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer ends mission after ‘listening’ to the universe

Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer ends mission after ‘listening’ to the universe Top-down artist depiction of a tiny black hole and a pileup of gas and…

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Neutron star merger. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

Signals from a spectacular neutron star merger that made gravitational waves are slowly fading away

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Fact or fiction? Either way, an alien still seems menacing. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation, CC BY

Stephen Hawking: blending science with science fiction

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The Milky Way seen in infrared. NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)

Astronomers may have just discovered a dozen black holes in the centre of our galaxy

Astronomers may have just discovered a dozen black holes in the centre of our galaxy The Milky Way seen in infrared. NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) Phil…

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A gigantic and resilient “cold front” hurtling through the Perseus galaxy cluster has been studied using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Credits: NASA/CXC/GSFC/S. Walker, ESA/XMM, ROSAT

Scientists Surprised by Relentless Cosmic Cold Front

Scientists Surprised by Relentless Cosmic Cold Front This winter has brought many intense and powerful storms, with cold fronts sweeping across much of the United…

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