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Two galaxies smash into each other 30 million light-years away from Earth

A collision of intergalactic proportions has been found relatively nearby the Milky Way.

The new formation — known as Kathryn's Wheel — likely formed when two galaxies of similar mass collided with one another. The collision creates a "bull's eye" pattern of ring-shaped star formation sparked by …


Our Biggest Planets Grow From Tiny Space Pebbles

Scientists have figured out that gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn started out as nothing more than tiny space rocks of about a foot round.

The formation of these large planets has always been something of a mystery, as existing planetary models don’t really give enough time for gas giants to come …

Space Science

Nasa Curiosity rover takes selfie on Mars

The Curiosity Rover has taken a panoramic selfie after stopping to drill into rocks at the Marias Pass on Mars

Nasa’s Curiosity rover used its inbuilt ‘selfie stick’ to capture this 360 degree image of itself sitting in the Marias Pass region of Mars.

The robot has been in the area drilling into rock …


In the Jungle, You Can Swim in a Stream of Stars

Two weeks ago, I was staring at an unbelievably star-studded sky. We were in the Peruvian Amazon, far from city lights, and had set up camp along the Alto Madre de Dios, one of the region’s mighty rivers. I wasn’t there to star gaze – my assignment was to report on the jungle tribe that has been …


Cassini: Dione delights in new images of Saturn's icy moon

Talk about a parting shot! NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ends its mission in late 2017, but not before it took one more look at Saturn’s moon Dione -- and sent back some stunning close-ups.

Dione’s pockmarked surface looks magnificent as it hovers above the planet’s signature rings in an image taken …


Moon closest to Saturn on August 22

Tonight – August 22, 2015 – you’ll find the moon, the star Antares and the planet Saturn. Our chart at top shows them as they appear on the evening …


This Week's Night Sky: Spot a Gap in Saturn’s Rings

The gas giant is more than 900 million miles away, but its bright rings are tilted toward Earth and easily visible with a telescope.

Perseid stragglers. The Perseid meteor shower has passed its peak, but a dozen or more shooting stars will be still be visible each night hour this week.

The meteors …

Space Science

See a Newly-Released Image of Saturn’s Moon Dione

Despite the high-resolution images Cassini sent back, Dione remains a mystery to scientists

NASA released this never-before-seen image of Saturn’s moon Dione as the Cassini spacecraft said goodbye to it on August 17. Photos of the final encounter are expected to reach Earth in the next few …

Moon Missions

Small stars may keep planets in line with magnetic harnesses

Some planets orbit their stars right around the star's equator, while others go at wonky angles – and it's all down to the star's size


The Newly Proposed High Definition Space Telescope Makes Hubble Look Like a Toy

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which will be “in many ways a hundred times” more capable than Hubble, isn’t launching until 2018, but already …

Space Science

Breathtaking Space GIF Gives Earth a New Perspective of the Moon

Great photography often comes down to snapping the right subject from the right vantage point at the right time. This image from NASA is just that. …


Perseid meteor shower lights up Britain's skies

Best stargazing night in nearly a decade brings spectacular sights across Britain as annual Perseid meteor shower coincides with new moon

Stargazers caught sight of hundreds of shooting stars in the night skies above Britain as the annual Perseid meteor shower peaked.

People living in the Midlands …


Astronomers discover the smallest known supermassive black hole

Here's a cosmic contradiction: A tiny supermassive black hole. Astronomers using the Magellan II telescope in Chile and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the smallest supermassive black hole yet found at the center of a dwarf galaxy.

The findings, published by the Astrophysical …

Space Science

Mars as seen by Rosseta during a gravity assist

How to see the Perseid meteor shower in the UK

The annual Perseid meteor shower could be more spectacular than usual, as a new moon results in darker skies and perfect viewing opportunities.

The peak of the meteor shower will be after midnight BST on Wednesday, with 4am Thursday being the best time to see the shooting stars, when spectators …


What is this Beautiful Bubble in Space?

When a star like our sun runs out of fuel and begins to die, violent stellar winds rip it to shreds, blasting massive quantities of stellar matter …


Space vegetables are on the menu for the first time at the International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are going to have a very special meal tomorrow. Red romaine lettuce is on the menu, and when they take a bite, it will mark the first time astronauts eat food that was grown on the ISS.

Casual observers may be surprised to hear that fresh vegetables …


Scientists Discover Farthest Galaxy From Earth Ever Recorded

It's about 13.2 billion light years from Earth

Scientists have just found a galaxy so far away from Earth that it offers a glimpse back in time to the Big Bang.

The galaxy, discovered at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, lies about 13.2 billion light years from Earth, farther than any other …


Amateur radio enthusiast contacts space station

(CNN) — We live in a world fascinated by space, but very rarely does the ordinary man reach up into the stars for a chat. Unless you're Adrien Lane, a radio enthusiast from England's West Country.

After checking with NASA and okaying it with British broadcasting authority, he managed to catch the …

Ham Radio

Earth may have a hairy mane of dark matter flowing around it

Streams of dark matter passing through planets appear to concentrate into 'hairs'. If we can find Earth's cosmic mane, we might be able to detect …

Dark Matter

Three super-Earths found 21 light years from Earth | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Earth File Photo

A new "secret" planetary system that includes three super-Earths and one outer giant planet has been discovered by astronomers at a …

Scientific Research

Looking toward the Milky Way’s center

View larger. | Looking in the direction to the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Photo by Max Corneau

Max Corneau captured this image of what is called …

Milky Way Galaxy

NASA's Curiosity rover eyes weird rock on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity went out of its way to investigate a rock the likes of which it has never seen before on the Red Planet.

Measurements by Curiosity's rock-zapping ChemCam laser and another instrument revealed that the target, a chunk of bedrock dubbed Elk, contains high levels of silica …


Another beautiful coronal mass ejection shot from NASA

Pluto's escaping atmosphere extends 1,000 miles out into space

Pluto's atmosphere has an extended reach. Data collected by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals that the gas surrounding the dwarf planet extends as far as 1,000 miles outward into space. That's more than 13 times farther than Earth's atmosphere, which tapers off at around 75 miles above our …


Brown dwarfs, stars share formation process, new study indicates

Astronomers using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have discovered jets of material ejected by still-forming young brown dwarfs. The …

Space Science

Ice flows, haze offer more clues to Pluto’s geology

Exotic ices flow across Pluto’s surface, and its reddish color appears to come from a thin haze, the latest report from the New Horizons spacecraft …

Earth Science

Hunt for alien life on Jupiter begins

European Space Agency joins forces with Airbus to develop new space probe to look for extra-terrestrial existence

In the past year humanity has landed on a comet, ventured to Pluto and discovered another planet which is so like our own it has been dubbed Earth 2.0.

But in the coming decades, space …


NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds Earth's cousin

NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has spotted another Earth-like world. The space agency today announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, the smallest planet we've found yet orbiting inside a star's habitable zone — the places around a sun where it’s warm enough for liquid surface water. NASA …