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New "Styrofoam" Planet Provides Tools in the Search For Habitable Planets

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Fifth-graders making styrofoam solar system models may have the right idea.


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Hubble Catches Unusual Galaxy IRAS 06076-2139

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IRAS 06076-2139

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare).

Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

For the first time, astronomers have detected a magnetic field associated with the Magellanic Bridge, the filament of gas stretching 75 thousand light-years between the Milky Way Galaxy's nearest galactic neighbours: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC, respectively).


Astronomers Pursue Renegade Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers Pursue Renegade Supermassive Black Hole

Supermassive holes are generally stationary objects, sitting at the centers of most galaxies. However, using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, astronomers recently hunted down what could be a supermassive black hole that may be on the move.


Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula


Merging Galaxies Have Enshrouded Black Holes

Merging Galaxies Have Enshrouded Black Holes

Black holes get a bad rap in popular culture for swallowing everything in their environments. In reality, stars, gas and dust can orbit black holes for long periods of time, until a major disruption pushes the material in.


Galaxy Cluster Abell 370 As Seen By Hubble

Galaxy Cluster Abell 370 As Seen By Hubble

The NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope has peered across six billion light years of space to resolve extremely faint features of the galaxy cluster Abell 370 that have not been seen before.


Origin of Milky Way's Hypothetical Dark Matter Signal May Not Be So Dark

Origin of Milky Way's Hypothetical Dark Matter Signal May Not Be So Dark

A mysterious gamma-ray glow at the center of the Milky Way is most likely caused by pulsars -- the incredibly dense, rapidly spinning cores of collapsed ancient stars that were up to 30 times more massive than the sun.


TYC 3203-450-1 - Hubble's Bright Shining Lizard Star

TYC 3203-450-1 - Hubble's Bright Shining Lizard Star

In space, being outshone is an occupational hazard.


Hubble's Cosmic Bubbles

Hubble's Cosmic Bubbles

This entrancing image shows a few of the tenuous threads that comprise Sh2-308, a faint and wispy shell of gas located 5,200 light-years away in the constellation of Canis Major (The Great Dog).


Brightening of a Supernova's Light

Brightening of a Supernova's Light

An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, seen a cosmic magnification of the light from a class of supernova called Type Ia.


Hubble Image of NGC 4302 and NGC 4298

Hubble Image of NGC 4302 and NGC 4298

This stunning cosmic pairing of the two very different looking spiral galaxies NGC 4302 and NGC 4298 was imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.


Light From a Supernova Bent by the Curvature of Space-time Around a Galaxy

Light From a Supernova Bent by the Curvature of Space-time Around a Galaxy

An international research team led by Ariel Goobar at Stockholm University has detected for the first time multiple images from a gravitationally lensed Type Ia supernova.


Hubble Observes First Multiple Images of Explosive Distance Indicator

Hubble Observes First Multiple Images of Explosive Distance Indicator

A Swedish-led team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to analyse the multiple images of a gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova for the first time.


The Arrhythmic Beating of a Black Hole Heart

The Arrhythmic Beating of a Black Hole Heart

At the center of the Centaurus galaxy cluster, there is a large elliptical galaxy called NGC 4696. Deeper still, there is a supermassive black hole buried within the core of this galaxy.


Missing Mass in the Hydrogen Halo that Surrounds Our Galaxy

Missing Mass in the Hydrogen Halo that Surrounds Our Galaxy

Sometimes it takes a lot of trees to see the forest. In the case of the latest discovery made by astronomers at the University of Arizona, exactly 732,225.


New Insight Into Dark Matter Halos

New Insight Into Dark Matter Halos

In the 1970s, scientists noticed something strange about the motion of galaxies. All the matter at the edge of spiral galaxies was rotating just as fast as material in the inner part of the galaxy.


Hubble Sees Starbursts in Virgo

Hubble Sees Starbursts in Virgo

Although galaxy formation and evolution are still far from being fully understood, the conditions we see within certain galaxies -- such as so-called starburst galaxies -- can tell us a lot about how they have evolved over time.



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