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Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring

Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs — small, very dense, and hot bodies...

Deadly relationship between huge O-type stars and small forming stars

The Orion Nebula is home to hundreds of young stars and even younger protostars known as proplyds. Many of these nascent systems will go...

Astronomers witness mysterious, never-before-seen disintegration of asteroid

Astronomers have witnessed for the first time the breakup of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. The discovery is published online...

Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes ‘spy’ one of the youngest galaxies...

An international team led by astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and La Laguna University (ULL) has just completed the first...

Hubble images become tactile 3D experience for the blind

Three-dimensional (3D) printers are transforming the business, medical, and consumer landscape by creating a vast variety of objects, including aeroplane parts, lamps, jewellery, and...

Hubble reveals cloudy weather on alien world

Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led...

Astronomers discover planet that shouldn’t be there

An international team of astronomers, led by a University of Arizona graduate student, has discovered the most distantly orbiting planet found to date around...

Watching the Milky Way grow up

Humans take the starry night for granted. But Earth’s night sky hasn’t always sparkled: In the distant past, during the infancy of the Milky...

Astronomers Discover Universe’s Most Distant Galaxy

Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin may be former football rivals, but the Lone Star State's two research giants have...

Hubble Space Telescope finds source of Magellanic Stream

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching...

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