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.
Astronomers are aiming to sort and archive all the stars in our galaxy - a task they hope will help them better understand the nature of stars, their distribution, and how galaxies are formed. However, it has been estimated that the Milky Way boasts between 200 and 400 billion stars. So who can help astronomers with this incredible workload? Learning machines, of course!
Scientists have devised a new way of revealing the age of Sun-like stars, not relying on acoustic vibrations as in the past, but via their spins, according to recent research.
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?"
Scientists have finally solved the mystery behind the bizarre object floating in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, according to a new study, putting to rest questions that have bugged them for years.
That faint blue light that you see up in space isn't a trick of the eye, but the "ghostly glow" of stars from dead galaxies come back to haunt us after being torn to pieces in a sort of cosmic grinder, as captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
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.
Big black holes spew out "radio frequency feedback" that, traveling at near-light speed, can block new stars from forming in aging galaxies, according to a new study.
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.
Scientists are focusing on large, star-forming galaxies, whose radiation leaks are shedding light on the beginnings of the Universe as the first stars came into existence, new research says.
Some ancient stars may have had some rather unusual deaths, according to a new study, possibly shedding some light on how today's Universe came to be.
The sizzling remains of countless dead stars in our Universe still pulse with some radioactive activity, namely high-energy pulses of gamma rays. Now astronomers and researchers believe they are one step closer to understanding why this stellar phenomenon occurs.
Like a pesky child can appear to rapidly age their tiring parent, a star about 330 light years away is looking a lot worse for wear, thanks to the giant exoplanet that constantly encircles it.
Astronomers may have finally settled a long-standing controversy when it comes to the Pleiades, a famous star cluster. They've accurately measured the distance from our planet to the star cluster - within one percent - which may correct models of star formation.