Milky way had a blowout bash six million years ago
3 hours ago
The center of the Milky Way galaxy is currently a quiet place where a supermassive black hole slumbers, only occasionally slurping small sips of hydrogen gas. But it wasn't always this way. A new study shows that 6 million ...
Hubble spots an irregular island in a sea of space
6 hours ago
This image, courtesy of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), captures the glow of distant stars within NGC 5264, a dwarf galaxy located just over 15 million light-years away in the constellation ...
Scientists discover a 'dark' Milky Way: Massive galaxy consists almost entirely of dark matter
Aug 25, 2016
Using the world's most powerful telescopes, an international team of astronomers has found a massive galaxy that consists almost entirely of dark matter.
Cosmic neighbors inhibit star formation, even in the early-universe
Aug 24, 2016
The international University of California, Riverside-led SpARCS collaboration has discovered four of the most distant clusters of galaxies ever found, as they appeared when the universe was only 4 billion years old. Clusters ...
Did physicists discover a previously unknown fifth force of nature?
Aug 17, 2016
A tiny, unseen force could potentially alter our basic understanding of the universe - if it really exists. Theoretical physicists at UC Irvine say they've found evidence for a fifth fundamental force of nature, carried by ...
Nine new open clusters found in the Sun's neighborhood
Aug 16, 2016 report
(Phys.org)—Astronomers from Heidelberg University in Germany and the Observatory of Strasbourg in France have detected nine new open star clusters within 1,500 light years from the sun. The discovery, presented in a paper ...
Hubble spots a lopsided Lynx
Aug 15, 2016
This galaxy, known as NGC 2337, resides 25 million light-years away in the constellation of Lynx. NGC 2337 is an irregular galaxy, meaning that it—along with a quarter of all galaxies in the universe—lacks a distinct, ...
Ten trillionths of your suntan comes from beyond our galaxy
Aug 11, 2016
Lie on the beach this summer and your body will be bombarded by about sextillion photons of light per second.
Hubble uncovers a galaxy pair coming in from the wilderness
Aug 11, 2016
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered two tiny dwarf galaxies that have wandered from a vast cosmic wilderness into a nearby "big city" packed with galaxies. After being quiescent for billions of years, they are ready ...
Why haven't we found any aliens yet?
Aug 11, 2016
Many years ago, Carl Sagan predicted there could be as many as 10,000 advanced extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy.