A team of scientists has discovered cosmic discs of dust and gas at the center of the Milky Way galaxy that can quite literally stand the heat - that is, heat emanating from millions of large, hot stars that should otherwise destroy such discs.
Astronomers have discovered the fastest star ever known, dubbed US 708, hurtling through the galaxy after a massive supernova ejected it into space, and now it appears to be moving so fast that it is being flung out of the Milky Way altogether.
Apparently proper hygiene is a bit different for growing galaxies, as a long "shower" could be a very bad thing. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope have revealed a young galaxy cluster that is riddled with holes. Research now reveals that it's growth was stunted by its very own black hole after unusual cosmic precipitation halted an important cycle.
Researchers have discovered that soon after the Big Bang, some of the first galaxies may have been in a rush to make stars. That's at least the case for A1689-zD1, an ancient galaxy that's an incredibly long way from Earth - so far away that we are seeing it from when the Universe was a mere 700 million years old.
Dark matter may have been responsible for the comet strike that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, as well as other mass extinction events and geologic upheavals, according to one scientist.
The oldest stars in the sky aren't so old after all. They actually lit up the Universe more than 100 million years later than scientists previously thought, according to a new study.
Back in March, scientists operating the telescope BICEP2 announced that they may have found proof of the Big Bang that created the Universe, while others claimed that their findings could just as well be explained by light scattering off dust between the stars in the Milky Way. And now, new research has confirmed that dust has foiled their "breakthrough" discovery.
NASA's Kepler satellite has discovered a new star system that boasts five Earth-sized planets, dating back to the dawn of our own Milky Way galaxy, new research shows.
When you think of stars, you likely think of incredibly hot balls of blazing fire and writhing plasma. However, experts have long known that for a new star to be born, a stellar nursery actually needs some cool conditions. Now, astronomers have observed how a wave of hot gas can extinguish star formation entirely, exposing new secrets of the Universe.
Last year, a series of sounding rockets were launched to better asses all the light in the known Universe. Based on the resulting data, experts have now determined that there is a lot more infrared light between galaxies than we can account for, leaving astronomers wondering "so where did it all come from?"
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (SST) has recently unveiled new images of an uniquely shaped galaxy that looks a lot like a spoked wheel. What makes this galaxy particularly unique is the fact that it is quite old, and yet is characterized by a ring of freshly born stars.
Not every garden is immediately flush with countless flowers. Astronomers say the same is true for galaxies, in that some galaxies "bloom" much later in their long lives, pumping out stars at delayed rate. Now, a new study details why some galaxies appear to produce stars at a much slower rate compared to others.
According to a recent study, galaxies have cannibalistic tendencies. And for the massive and nearby Andromeda galaxy, the Milky Way will one day be a midnight snack.
An international team of astronomers has managed to obtain the best images of a collision between two galaxies ever seen. Light from the collision has taken a significant amount of time to reach Earth, and what we're seeing is an inter-galactic clash that took place when the Universe was half its current age.