A series of pseudo-3D maps may help astronomers better understand the world outside our solar system, otherwise known as interstellar space. The maps pinpoint materials between stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and could help reveal the composition of these interstellar mediums.
Astrophysicists have a very general and extremely theoretical idea of what happened after the Big Bang, including the formation of our solar system's Sun and stars like it. However, a team of experts from Monash University now believe that they have discovered something that will take us a step closer to understanding what the Sun's birth was truly like.
Astrophysicists have recently identified a new source of high-energy gamma ray emissions using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Stellar explosions, called novae, have been found to release a surprising amount of gamma radiation, showing just how little we know about these rays.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to get a more in-depth look of an outer galaxy's halo of stars than ever before, thanks to new research.
NASA's Fermi Gama-ray Space Telescope recently identified an "exceptional" binary system that not only contains a rapidly spinning neutron star called a pulsar, but also a relatively small yellow star. Interestingly, close examination revealed that this second star serves much like a dance partner for the pulsar, causing it to exhibit some unusual behavior.
Researchers at NASA have not only successfully mapped intimate details of the Eta Carinae Homunculus Nebula for the first time, but they even went ahead and 3D printed themselves a model, enabling people to literally hold the results of a massive stellar explosion in their hands.
If you listen closely, can you hear a star age? Probably not. But researchers do say that sound waves all on their own can help experts distinguish young stars from adolescent ones.
Researchers have recently identified a portion of a prolific stellar nursery which has chemical signatures that would indicate a cold environment utterly impossible for its location. These signatures they say, could be explained by an unusual burst of stellar winds.
Researchers from the Herschel Space Observatory (HSO) have discovered a mysterious ring of dusty material while taking some of the sharpest images of pre-star dust and gas formations to date.
Astronomers have discovered that they have been overlooking a great number of incredibly small galaxies, mainly because these celestial formations make incredibly use of a very small amount of space.
A Thorne-Żytkow object - a unique "hybrid star" - has been discovered in the Universe, proving the existence of a once purely theoretical celestial object.
Astronomers wielding NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive snapshot of the evolving Universe - one of the most colorful, vivid images ever captured.
Some Sun-like stars are known for their ability to ingest large amounts of the rocky material from which "terrestrial" planets like Earth, Mars and Venus are made. New research on these "Earth-eater" stars may provide scientists with clues about the formation of planets as well as assist in the ongoing search for Earth-like exoplanets, according to astronomers.
Magnetars are an unusual variant of a neutron star that have a extraordinarily powerful magnetic pull, despite their tiny size. It has long been a mystery how our galaxy's only magnetar ever came to be, as conventional wisdom said that it should have formed a black hole. Now, scientists believe they have discovered the answer.