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Hubble mosaic of the majestic Sombrero Galaxy

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the universe's most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy, …

Astronomy

Image - Hubble Captures Stars Going Out in Style

About this image<p>The colorful, intricate shapes in these NASA Hubble Space Telescope images reveal how the glowing gas ejected by dying Sun-like stars …

Astronomy

Chandra :: Photo Album :: Abell 1758 :: August 30, 2010

This is a composite image of the northern part of the galaxy cluster Abell 1758, located about 3.2 billion light years from Earth, showing the …

Illustris: Simulated Deep Fields

Example Illustris deep field.<p>Zoom in, squares: g > 29, orange circles: M* > 1010 M_solar.<p>Mock fields and the HST Ultra Deep Field in the same color …

Universe

Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico’s famous telescope, is battered by Hurricane Maria

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>All staff at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory are safe after Hurricane Maria roared over the island Wednesday, but the iconic radio telescope suffered some damage during the storm.<p>SRI International, which helps manage the huge telescope, said Thursday night that they …

Puerto Rico

Soaring Over Jupiter

This striking image of Jupiter was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet.<p>The image was taken on …

Space Exploration

Fun physics facts about lasers

To mark the 60th anniversary of the conception of the modern day laser, the Perimeter Institute brings us these fun physics facts.

Physics

Aeolid Nudibranch

Description:<p>This Aeolid Nudibranch has been mis-identified many times as Cuthona yamasui, with the genus also wrongly placed, and now updated to the …

Nature

ALMA Finds Huge Hidden Reservoirs of Turbulent Gas in Distant Galaxies

30 August, 2017<p>A team led by Edith Falgarone (Ecole Normale Supérieure and Observatoire de Paris, France) has used the Atacama Large …

Astronomy

Green flash at sunset

This sequence of images show a green flash from the Sun. The green flash occurs occasionally when the atmosphere separates sunlight during sunrise or …

Astronomy

New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy's Future

Since humanity first turned our gaze skyward, we’ve realized that the cosmic story of our existence — our origins, all that exists today, and what our ultimate fate is — is literally written across the Universe. Our understanding of what our Universe truly is, what it’s made up of, and how it came …

Universe

2 Monster Black Holes Spotted at Galaxy's Heart

Not one but two gigantic black holes lurk at the heart of the distant spiral galaxy NGC 7674, a new study suggests.<p>These two supermassive black holes …

Astrophysics

NASA — Black Hole Sculpts an Hourglass Galaxy

Comet or Asteroid? Hubble Discovers that a Unique Object is a Binary

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids …

Astronomy

2017 September 17 - Bright Spiral Galaxy M81

<b>Bright Spiral Galaxy M81</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope; <b><br>Processing & Copyright:</b> Roberto Colombari & Robert</b> …

Astronomy

Herschel image of Fomalhaut and its debris disc

This image shows the thermal emission from the young star Fomalhaut and the debris disc surrounding it, as recorded with ESA's Herschel Space …

Astronomy

Jodrell Bank Observatory: Pulsar Sounds | Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

The Sounds of Pulsars<p>A pulsar is a highly magnetised neutron star, with a radius of 10-15 km, having somewhat greater mass than the Sun which has a …

Astrophysics

Shooting star

The four lasers shoot into the sky from Unit Telescope 4 of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in this photo. These lasers create an artificial guide …

New Music

New Study Indicates that Planet 9 Likely Formed in the Solar System

In January of 2016, astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin published the first evidence that there might be another planet in our Solar …

Universe

A Peek at the Glowing Red Shell Around an Aging Star

The latest picture of a distant star shows more detail than ever before.<p>About 2,700 years ago, a distant star in our galaxy expelled a bunch of material at high speed, creating a thin shell around itself. Now, thanks to powerful telescopes, astronomers can take a picture of it.<p>U Antliae, one of the …

Astronomy

Like little rings of Saturn: How electricity pulls a drop of liquid apart

Electricity

AAPOD²

2017 September 20 - The Big Corona

<b>The Big Corona</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Alson Wong<p><b>Explanation:</b> Most photographs don't adequately portray the magnificence of the Sun's corona. Seeing …

Astronomy

Seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified …

When radio galaxies collide, supermassive black holes form tightly bound pairs

A study using multiple radio telescopes confirms that supermassive black holes found in the centers of galaxies can form gravitationally bound pairs …

Astrophysics

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio | Cosmos

Radio astronomy is undergoing a major boost, with new technology gathering data on objects in our universe faster than astronomers can analyse.<p>But …

Universe

Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Images

Cassini is one of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space exploration. A joint endeavour of NASA, ESA and the Italian space agency, Cassini is …

2017 September 19 - Veil Nebula: Wisps of an Exploded Star

<b>Veil Nebula: Wisps of an Exploded Star</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)<p><b>Explanation:</b> Wisps like this are all that …

Astronomy

Ten tiny but terrifying micro-monsters | Cosmos

Human flea (<i>Pulex irritans)</i><p>A human flea sucks up its blood meal by driving its piercing mouthparts, seen here in pink, into a capillary. An …

Insects