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Oldest and most distant galaxy ever discovered was a prolific star factory

Exceptionally high rate of star formation in the galaxy, formed a mere 700m years after the big bang, has baffled astronomers<p>Astronomers have spotted the most distant galaxy ever seen after a faint ray of light struck a telescope on a volcano in the middle of the Pacific.<p>The ancient group of stars …

December guide to the bright planets

Of the 5 bright planets, Mars and Jupiter appear in the December 2017 predawn sky all month. Mercury joins them around the December solstice. Venus …

Astronomy

Our Milky Way galaxy wobbles

Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, makes small wobbling movements. Possible causes include the passage of a smaller galaxy through our own.<p>It is common …

Astrophysics

A rocky history: researchers explain why early meteorites are different from earthly stones

From Earth to the moon to Mars, the rocky structures of celestial bodies were built using the very same mixture of oxygen. But for 40 years now, researchers have been noticing something strange: meteorites from the early days of the Solar System are built with a different mixture of oxygen, one …

Universe

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Big Pic: A Bright Flash From The Sun

A mid-level burst of radiation looks like a twinkle in the sun's eye.<p>At 8:30 p.m. Eastern time yesterday, a solar flare peaked on the surface of the sun, emitting an intense burst of radiation. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the M9.4-class event at a wavelength of 131 Angstroms in order …

The coldest place in the universe

Astronomers say the Boomerang Nebula is the coldest place in the universe at one degree Kelvin (minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s even colder than …