Multi-telescope view two million times sharper than human eye reveals black hole
Scientists spaced thousands of miles apart discovered a super massive black hole inside a quasar some five billion light-years from Earth
VST Image of the Star-forming Region Messier 17 Space Wallpaper
In this cool space wallpaper, the first released VST image shows the spectacular star-forming region Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula.
NASA's Hubble telescope finds Pluto's fifth moon
Almost exactly one year after discovering dwarf planet Pluto's fourth moon -- though not before actually naming poor little P4 -- NASA announced Wednesday a fifth moon has been discovered orbiting the ex-planet.
Hubble unmasks ghost galaxies
Astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the smallest and faintest galaxies in our cosmic neighbourhood. These galaxies are fossils of the early Universe: they have barely changed for 13 billion years. The discovery could help explain the so-called “missing satellite” problem, where only a handful of satellite galaxies have been found around the Milky Way, against the thousands that are predicted by theories.
The atom casts its shadow
With all this talk about the Higgs boson's possible discovery this week, it's refreshing to also have news about a component of the universe we are intimately familiar with: the atom. Atoms are the building blocks of everything you see around you.
Hubble spots rare gravitational arc from distant, hefty galaxy cluster
An analysis of the surprising arc revealed that the lensed object is a star-forming galaxy that existed 10 to 13 billion years ago.
astronomy round-up: 27 July 2012
Sally Ride passed away this week at the age of 61. The first American woman in space, Ride served aboard two space shuttle missions, was named to the presidential commissions charged with investiga…
Pluto at opposition
Pluto at opposition: "Dwarf planet Pluto comes to opposition on 29 June among the stars of Sagittarius and despite its +14 magnitude and current southerly declination it is a good target for imagers and owners of moderate to large telescopes. Of course it is far too small and distant to reveal a disc in amateur instruments, but keen observers can try to follow Pluto's movement against the background star field."
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Disappeared Dust Amazes Astronomers | Astronomy | Sci-News.com
An international team of astronomers has announced a baffling discovery never seen before: an extraordinary amount of dust around a nearby star mysteriously disappeared.
astronomy round-up: 3 August 2012
You’ve probably heard that Curiosity?the Mars Science Laboratory?is set to land on Mars this coming late Sunday (August 5) / early Monday (August 6) [depending on your time zone]. Will you be…
X-ray astronomy on EarthSky. | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky
X-ray astronomy studies interstellar gas heated to millions of degrees in extreme environments like black holes, neutron stars, colliding galaxies. Learn more.