Hubble weighs in on mass of three million billion suns
10 hours ago
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 nickname of ...
Astronomers conduct detailed chemical analysis of eleven globular clusters
15 hours ago report
Astronomers have performed abundance measurements for 11 globular clusters in the galaxies NGC 147, NGC 6822, and Messier 33. The new study, presented January 9 in a paper published on arXiv.org, could improve our knowledge ...
JUICE ground control gets green light to start development of Jupiter operations
15 hours ago
ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer – JUICE – passed an important milestone, the ground segment requirements review, with flying colours, demonstrating that the teams are on track in the preparation of the spacecraft operations ...
How massive can neutron stars be?
16 hours ago
Astrophysicists at Goethe University Frankfurt set a new limit for the maximum mass of neutron stars: They cannot exceed 2.16 solar masses.
Infrared photometric observations reveal insights into the nature of the dwarf nova V2051 Ophiuchi
Jan 15, 2018 report
Brazilian astronomers have performed photometric observations of the dwarf nova V2051 Oph during its quiescent period, which revealed important insights into the nature of this object. The results were presented in a paper ...
The stories behind Aboriginal star names now recognised by the world's astronomical body
Jan 15, 2018
Four stars in the night sky have been formally recognised by their Australian Aboriginal names.
Image: Jupiter's colorful cloud belts
Jan 15, 2018
Colorful swirling cloud belts dominate Jupiter's southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft.
What stars will hatch from the Tarantula Nebula? NASA's flying observatory seeks to find out
Jan 13, 2018
To have a full picture of the lives of massive stars, researchers need to study them in all stages – from when they're a mass of unformed gas and dust, to their often dynamic end-of-life explosions.
Classified US satellite launched from California after delay
Jan 13, 2018
A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite has blasted off from California.
Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft
Jan 12, 2018
Virgin Galactic says the latest glide test of its space tourism rocket plane was a success, nearly reaching the speed of sound high over California.