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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Captures Image Of Largest And Hottest Galaxy Ever Found

In 2012, astronomers discovered a cluster of twin galaxies colliding at an unimaginable speed. It was so massive that it earned the nickname El Gordo or “the Fat One.

Space January 17, 2018

Quadrantids To Peak This Week: When To See The First Meteor Shower Of 2018

Astronomers forecasted 2018 to open with a display of the Quadrantids, an annual meteor shower peaking this week. When and where is the best time to view this celestial event?

Space January 3, 2018

Celestial Events 2018: New Year Brings Lunar Eclipses, Supermoons, Meteor Showers, And Bright Planets

Next year was announced to offer numerous celestial events. Highlighted sightings include a supermoon coinciding with a lunar eclipse in January, five bright planets appearing in July, and shooting stars in August.

Space December 30, 2017

This Is What Happens When Neutron Stars Collide

Scientists found no jet around the neutron star merger detected in August 2017. Therefore, they concluded GW170817 could be produced by a neutron-rich cocoon.

Space December 23, 2017

Asteroid Expected To Skim Past Earth In October

The European Space Agency has confirmed that asteroid 2012 TC4 will fly between Earth and the moon in October. The asteroid will not hit the planet.

Space August 12, 2017

Nearby Sun-Like Star Hosts 4 Earth-Sized Planet Candidates

An international team of astronomers discovered four Earth-sized exoplanets amid stellar noise. The planets are within the habitable zone and can be seen from Earth.

Space August 11, 2017

Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 Not Brightest Meteor Shower In History: NASA

The Perseid meteor shower will not light up the night sky in an incredible display in 2017. NASA debunks rumors and says the moon will be brighter.

Space August 11, 2017

Astronomers Spot Bright And Massive Storm Near Neptune’s Equator

Astronomers from UC Berkeley visiting the Keck Observatory spotted a massive new storm system in Neptune. The strange bright storm is as wide as Earth.

Space August 5, 2017

Did Astronomers Just Discover A Neptune-Sized Exomoon Orbiting Kepler-1625b?

A team of astronomers has announced the first detection of a possible exomoon 4,000 light years away. The candidate’s status may be confirmed by October 2017.

Space July 30, 2017

Milky Way Galaxy Could Be Home Of 100 Billion Failed Stars

Astronomers believe that our galaxy could contain more brown dwarf stars than previously estimated. Star clusters outside the solar system reveal failed stars hidden in plain sight.

Space July 9, 2017

Russia To Launch CubeSat Satellite Set To Be The Brightest Artificial Object In The Night Sky

The Mayak CubeSat satellite is set to become one of the brightest artificial objects in the night sky once it gets into orbit and unfurls its pyramid-shaped solar reflector. What are the objectives of the crowdfunded space project?

Space June 30, 2017

Here's A Brief History Of The Lyrid Meteor Shower That Peaks This Weekend

The Lyrid meteor shower amazes sky watchers each year but just how much do people really know about it? Here are some facts about Lyrids to add to your knowledge.

Space April 22, 2017

Astronomers Get Rare View Of Type Ia Supernova Magnified 50 Times

A team of astronomers captured multiple images of the gravitational lensing of supernova iPTF16geu located about 4 billion light-years away. Find out more about this extremely rare cosmic event.

Space April 21, 2017

DeeDee Could Be Our Solar System’s Newest Dwarf Planet: Find Out More About The Icy Orb

Astronomers first spotted the distant celestial object UZ224 in 2014. After years of observation, they reveal that 'DeeDee' meets all the new requirements to be considered a dwarf planet.

Space April 16, 2017

Planets Orbiting Double Stars Could Still Be Habitable, Study Finds

A scientific study finds that an Earth-sized water world revolving around two suns could remain habitable at a certain distance — and it won’t become a desert like Tatooine!

Space April 14, 2017

Want To Watch the Closest Approach of The April Fools’ Comet? Watch It Here Now

This is not an April Fools’ Day joke. Slooh recorded the closest approach of comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák as it passed the Earth on April 1 but it’s still around.

Space April 1, 2017

New Dark Matter Map Offers Insight Into Cold Particles

Astronomers successfully mapped out the distribution of dark matter in three galaxy clusters, thanks to data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. These dark matter maps offered scientists insight into the existence of cold dark matter particles.

Space March 2, 2017

Hunt For Planet Nine: NASA Wants Your Help Finding This Mysterious Planet

Ever dreamed of being an astronomer? NASA wants your help finding an elusive and mysterious planet called Planet Nine, which scientists believe is located beyond Neptune.

Space February 17, 2017

Proxima B Update: Planet In Red Dwarf Habitable Zone May Not Support Life

Exoplanet Proxima B, touted as the “Earth Next Door,” may not be so habitable after all. In a new planet model, NASA scientists suggest that the atmosphere of such exoplanets may be threatened by oxygen loss.

Space February 9, 2017

WATCH: Alien Worlds Circle Distant Star [GIF]

Photos of a distant star and the four plants around it have been collected and turned into an animated GIF. Watch the giant planets in motion as they orbit the star.

Space February 5, 2017

Fast Radio Bursts Traced To A Distant Dwarf Galaxy: How Did Scientists Pinpoint These Mysterious Signals?

Astronomers have discovered where fast radio bursts come from. What's surprising about the discovery is how the FRB 121102 came from a dwarf galaxy, and not a large galaxy.

Space January 5, 2017

Slushy Ocean Lies Beneath Pluto's Icy Heart: How Does It Affect The Dwarf Planet?

A slushy ocean covered with layers of frozen nitrogen and water ice is likely hidden underneath Pluto’s iconic icy heart, a new study suggests. This subsurface ocean may explain the strange location of one of the dwarf planet’s regions.

Space November 16, 2016

World's Largest Radio Telescope Now Operates In China

China has begun operating the world's largest radio telescope on Sunday, Sept. 25 after five years of construction. The radio telescope is expected to lead the country in the search for alien life.

Space September 25, 2016

NASA Changed Zodiac Signs? Don't Freak Out, You Still Have The Same Zodiac Sign

The zodiacs are still the same. NASA has clarified that it has not made changes to the zodiac, pointing out that it is focused on astronomy and not astrology.

Space September 21, 2016

Friday Night's Spectacular Harvest Moon May Be Eclipsed

Stargazers are in for a rare treat as a harvest moon will rise and shine on Friday night, Sept. 16. It's an extra-special phenomenon because it might be the last harvest eclipse moon until 2024.

Space September 16, 2016

Rocky, Venus-Like Exoplanet Might Contain Oxygen In Its Atmosphere

A rocky, Venus-like exoplanet first reported in 2015 may potentially contain signs of oxygen in its atmosphere. However, the potential presence of oxygen does not mean that the exoplanet is habitable.

Space August 22, 2016

Ancient Venus Once Had An Earth-Like Atmosphere

Using models typically used by climate scientists, a team of NASA astronomers determined whether Venus was once habitable or not. The results reveal an ancient Venus that is very different from what the planet is today.

Space August 12, 2016

A 150-Mile Asteroid May Have Struck The Moon And Formed Imbrium Basin

A 'protoplanet-sized' asteroid may have sheared off a huge chunk of the moon and formed the Imbrium Basin, a new study suggests. What can this discovery tell us about the early solar system?

Space July 21, 2016

Supernova To Blame? Nearby Explosion Might Have Caused Mass Extinction On Earth

Could a supernova explosion that occurred hundreds of light-years away cause mass extinctions on Earth? A new study provides details on such an event that happened millions of years ago.

Space July 13, 2016

This 'Frankenstein' Galaxy Is Made From Cosmic Parts Of Other Galaxies

A rare 'Frankenstein' galaxy located 250 million light-years away may have been the result of separate entities merging together, a new study revealed. Scientists were surprised at the galaxy's bizarre characteristics.

Space July 12, 2016

How Exoplanet HD 131399Ab May Have Evolved To Have 3 Stars

How did HD 131399Ab come to have three stars? According to scientists, there are several possible scenarios that could help explain the exoplanet’s unusual system.

Space July 8, 2016

Crab Nebula On The Menu For Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the Crab Nebula like never before. What can astronomers learn from this new composite image?

Space July 7, 2016

Mars Once Had A Third Moon Accompanying Phobos And Deimos

Phobos and Deimos are the only major natural satellites orbiting Mars today, but computer simulations suggest they were once accompanied by a third, massive companion. What do we know about this ancient Martian moon?

Space July 5, 2016

What Are Mysterious Ripples On Sand Dunes Of Mars?

Sand dunes on Mars have three types of ripples, while those on dry land here on Earth show just two. What can this tell us about the geological past of the Red Planet?

Space July 1, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Sees Skyrocket In Tadpole Galaxy

A rarely seen form of galaxy that resembles a tadpole has been imaged by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. What secrets did Kiso 5639 reveal?

Space June 28, 2016

Hubble Images NGC 1854 Star Cluster In Stunning Photo

The star cluster NGC 1854 has been imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope in a new photograph. What science can be gleaned from this dazzling image?

Space June 25, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Finds New Dark Spot On Neptune

Neptune has developed a new dark vortex, whipping around the planet. The mighty storm has just been imaged by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space June 23, 2016

What Scientists Could Learn From Baby Exoplanet K2-33b

Exoplanet K2-33b is the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected by NASA. The discovery of this baby exoplanet could teach us about the ABC's of planetary formation.

Space June 22, 2016

How 'Electric Wind' Removes Atmospheres, Oceans In Planets Like Venus

Venus may have hosted a large amount of water billions of years ago, but it evaporated. Scientists say the planet's 'electric wind' may have caused the lack of water.

Space June 21, 2016

Strawberry Moon Seen On Summer Solstice June 20

This summer solstice also features another special treat - the strawberry moon! How can you see it?

June 19, 2016

ALMA Detects Most Distant Oxygen Galaxy Ever Seen

The most distant oxygen ever seen in the visible universe was recorded in an ancient galaxy. What can this finding tell us about the earliest epoch of the Cosmos?

Space June 17, 2016

Some Exoplanets May Be Small: Atmospheric Clouds Hide True Size Of Exoplanets

A new research has suggested that exoplanets may be routinely overestimated and that some are actually smaller than what scientists pegged them to be. Clouds and haze are to blame.

Space June 17, 2016

Bizarre Meteorite - First Of Its Kind - Unearthed In Sweden

A quarry in Sweden is the resting place of a meteorite unlike any ever seen on Earth. What is the history and geology of this bizarre extinct meteorite?

Ancient June 16, 2016

Prebiotic Chiral Molecules Found In Space For The First Time

Chiral molecules, essential to the operation of life processes, have been discovered outside the solar system for the first time. What can this mean to the search for life in space?

Space June 14, 2016

Did Asteroids Bring Water To Interior Of Moon Long Ago?

Could water found on the moon have arrived there from asteroids? A new study suggests that could be the case.

Space June 1, 2016

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