Galaxies
Hubble goes deep  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
This image from the Hubble Deep UV (HDUV) Legacy Survey encompasses 12,000 star-forming galaxies in a part of the constellation Fornax known as the GOODS-South field. With the addition of ultraviolet light imagery, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope... more
Virgin Galactic Flight Wins Praise From Government and Industry  SPACE.COM · 1 day
While some question whether Virgin Galactic's latest SpaceShipTwo test flight actually went into space, a number of government officials and industry organizations have few doubts that it did. more
Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson Looks Ahead to Beginning Commercial SpaceShipTwo Flights  SPACE.COM · 2 days
With a first flight to the edge of space under the company's belt, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson believes commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo could begin some... more
Virgin Galactic's Historic Space Trip Heralds a Coming Age of New US Human Spaceflight Leaps  SPACE.COM · 3 days
Virgin Galactic just brought human spaceflight back to American soil after a seven-year hiatus — and other private... more
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Completes First Manned Spaceflight  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, named VSS Unity, successfully flew to suborbital space for the first time on Dec. 13 with four NASA-supported technology... more
Virgin Galactic flight wins praise from government and industry  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
While some question whether Virgin Galactic’s latest SpaceShipTwo test flight actually went into space, a number of government... more
Taming Turbulence: Seeking to Make Complex Simulations a Breeze  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
For scientists wrestling with problems as diverse as containing superhot plasma in a fusion reactor, improving the accuracy... more
Richard Branson Biography: Entrepreneur of Space Tourism  SPACE.COM · 4 days
Richard Branson, through his company Virgin Galactic, plans to offer flights into space for paying customers by 2015. more
Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Magnetic field lines tangled like spaghetti in a bowl might be behind the most powerful particle accelerators in the universe. That's the result of a new computational study that simulated particle emissions from distant... more
'Billion-Dollar View': See Incredible Footage from Virgin Galactic's 1st Spaceflight (Video)  SPACE.COM · 4 days
Watch the vehicles separate, the engine blaze and the horizon spin in dramatic in-flight video taken from today's (Dec. 13) flight of Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity. more
Branson looks ahead to beginning commercial SpaceShipTwo flights  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
With a first flight to the edge of space under the company’s belt, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson believes commercial... more
Where DOES Space Begin? Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Flies Right into the Debate  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
"SpaceShipTwo, welcome to space," reads a triumphant tweet from Virgin Galactic posted during today's successful test flight after the company's vehicle reached 51.4 miles... more
Virgin Galactic completes crewed space test, more flights soon  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years... more
Small Magellanic Cloud: A Satellite Dwarf Galaxy Neighbor  SPACE.COM · 4 days
For hundreds of years the Small Magellanic Cloud has provided astronomers with a relatively close-up view of another galaxy. more
Where DOES Space Begin? Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Flies Right into the Debate  SPACE.COM · 4 days
"SpaceShipTwo, welcome to space," reads a triumphant tweet from Virgin Galactic posted during today's successful test flight after the company's vehicle reached 51.4 miles... more
Virgin Galactic completes manned space test, more flights soon  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years... more
Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. more
Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Magnetic field lines tangled like spaghetti in a bowl might be behind the most powerful particle accelerators in the universe. That's the result of a new computational study by researchers from the Department of... more
Virgin Galactic rocket ship reaches space in test flight  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. more
Virgin Galactic achieves space on SpaceShipTwo test flight  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Virgin Galactic achieved a long-awaited milestone Dec. 13 when its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle performed its longest test flight to date,... more
Virgin Galactic advances space tourism with successful test  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasted to the edge of space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert,... more
In Photos: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity Soars to Space in 4th Powered Test  SPACE.COM · 4 days
Virgin Galactic conducted its fourth powered test flight of the SpaceShipTwo Unity on Dec. 13, 2018, marking the first time the ship... more
Virgin Galactic crew reaches edge of space in flight milestone  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasted to the edge of space on Thursday, capping off years... more
Virgin Galactic's 4th Powered Test Flight of SpaceShipTwo Unity in Twitter Posts  SPACE.COM · 4 days
Virgin Galactic is conducting the fourth powered test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity today and chronicling the attempt - its highest and fastest test... more
Virgin Galactic crew takes off for space in flight milestone  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic space tourism vehicle took off from California's Mojave desert under clear skies on... more
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on 4th Powered Flight Today: Live Twitter Updates!  SPACE.COM · 4 days
Virgin Galactic is conducting the fourth powered test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity today and chronicling the attempt - its highest and fastest test flight yet... more
The Universe of Gaia  ESA · 4 days
A taste of the exciting science that is being performed using data from ESA’s Gaia star surveyor, delving into the formation history of our Milky Way more
NASA's Webb Telescope will provide census of fledgling stars in stellar nursery  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The dazzling glow of young stars dominates images of the giant stellar nursery NGC 346, in the neighboring dwarf galaxy called the Small Magellanic... more
Four NASA-sponsored experiments set to launch on Virgin Galactic spacecraft  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A winged spacecraft will soon take off with four NASA-supported technology experiments onboard. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo will separate from the WhiteKnightTwo twin-fuselage carrier aircraft and continue its rocket-powered... more
Boundary of Space Being Reconsidered as Virgin Galactic Test Program Advances  SPACE.COM · 4 days
As Virgin Galactic gets closer to its first suborbital flights into space, a potential change in terminology could make it easier for the company to achieve... more
Virgin Galactic ready for milestone SpaceShipTwo flight  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
A test flight more than a decade in the making is scheduled to take place Dec. 13 as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital... more
Large population of potential young planets found in distant planetary systems  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers used the powerful ALMA telescope to discover that in other parts of the Milky Way Galaxy (seen here) there is potentially a large population of... more
Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. more
Virgin Galactic to Attempt Flight to Space This Week  SPACE.COM · 5 days
Virgin Galactic plans to perform the next test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane as soon as Dec. 13, a flight that could be the first by the vehicle to... more
Astronomers find that dark matter dominates across cosmic time  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In findings published today in The Astrophysical Journal, University of Texas at Austin astronomers report that they have stumbled on an extraordinary galaxy that may corroborate a recently contested theory... more
Virgin Galactic to attempt flight to space this week  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Virgin Galactic plans to perform the next test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane as soon as Dec.... more
Taming turbulence: Seeking to make complex simulations a breeze  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
For scientists wrestling with problems as diverse as containing superhot plasma in a fusion reactor, improving the accuracy of weather forecasts, or probing the unexplained dynamics of a distant galaxy,... more
Hubble Captures Striking New Image of Grand Design Spiral Galaxy Messier 100  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the core and the innermost parts of the spiral arms of a spiral galaxy... more
What Is Solar Mass?  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
How would you measure the masses of objects as big as stars, galaxies and black holes? With solar mass. And you can thank Sir Isaac Newton for that. more
Unusual ultraluminous X-ray source discovered in the galaxy Messier 86  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using data provided by NASA's Chandra spacecraft, astronomers have identified a new unusual ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) in the elliptical galaxy Messier 86. The newly found ULX, designated... more
Astronomers find far-flung wind from a black hole in the universe’s first light  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
The detection of black hole winds far from their host galaxy could reveal details of how galaxies and black holes grow up... more
Large Magellanic Cloud: Nearby Satellite Dwarf Galaxy  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a satellite dwarf galaxy that is among the closest galaxies to Earth. more
Stargazer Scopes Out the Cosmos with a Mobile Planetarium (Photo)  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Turning your smartphone in a tool to identify celestial objects in real time is easy and a big help. The image shows a sky enthusiast searching for the... more
Black Hole 'Donuts' are Actually 'Fountains'  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Based on computer simulations and new observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), researchers have found that the rings of gas surrounding active... more
Fabrication of Powerful Telescope Begins  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Fabrication of the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p), a powerful telescope capable of mapping the sky at submillimeter and millimeter wavelengths, has now begun, marking a... more
Boundary of space being reconsidered as Virgin Galactic test program advances  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
As Virgin Galactic gets closer to its first suborbital flights into space, a potential... more
Andromeda Galaxy Twinkles in a Colorful Sea of Stars (Photo)  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The genus Homo is estimated to be between 1.5 and 2.5 million years old. At approximately the same time, in space, the light from our neighboring galaxy Andromeda... more
Hubble Telescope Spots Thousands of 'Orphaned' Star Clusters Drifting Between Galaxies  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
An enormous cosmic neighborhood that's home to more than 1,000 gravitationally bound galactic neighbors is bursting with thousands of stray star clusters, images from the Hubble... more
Astronomers Trace History of Universe’s Star Formation  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers believe that our Universe began forming the first stars when it was a few hundred million years old. Since then, the... more
Scientists Measure All of the Starlight Ever Produced by the Observable Universe  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
From their laboratories on a rocky planet dwarfed by the vastness of space, Clemson University scientists have managed to measure all of the starlight... more
A gamma-ray determination of the Universes star formation history  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
The light emitted by all galaxies over the history of the Universe produces the extragalactic background light (EBL) at ultraviolet, optical, and infrared wavelengths. The EBL is a source of... more
Hubble uncovers thousands of globular star clusters scattered among galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Gazing across 300 million light-years into a monstrous city of galaxies, astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to do a comprehensive census of some of its most... more
Back in Action! Recovered Hubble Telescope Nabs Nifty New Picture  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
After taking a short break from observing the cosmos, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is officially back up and running, and the observatory captured a stunning new view of... more
Behind the Scenes of Recovering NASA’s Hubble  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
In the early morning of October 27, the Hubble Space Telescope targeted a field of galaxies not far from the Great Square... more
Behind the scenes of recovering NASA's Hubble  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In the early morning of October 27, the Hubble Space Telescope targeted a field of galaxies not far from the Great Square in the constellation Pegasus. Contained in the field were star-forming galaxies up... more
The quest for galactic relics from the primordial universe  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new study reports characteristics of massive, ultracompact galaxies. It was published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics and was carried out by an international team led by Fernando Buitrago... more
How scientists are working together to solve one of the universe's mysteries  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
One of the most baffling puzzles of modern astrophysics is the nature of Fast Radio Bursts, which were discovered in 2007. These are seemingly... more
Enormous dwarf satellite galaxy of Milky Way discovered  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Using data from ESA's Gaia spacecraft, astronomers have discovered a new Milky Way satellite in the constellation Antlia. The newly found dwarf galaxy, named Antlia 2, is several times larger when compared... more
New ultra-luminous X-ray pulsar discovered  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Using ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR space telescopes, a team of astronomers from Germany has detected a new ultra-luminous pulsar in the galaxy NGC 300. The finding of this pulsar, which received designation NGC 300 ULX1, is detailed... more
Astronomers Find Enormous Relic of Disrupted Tadpole Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
The disrupted ‘tadpole’ galaxy has an elliptical head and a long, straight tail, and is approximately one million light-years long... more
Globular clusters could offer clues on formation and evolution of inner Milky Way  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Brazilian astronomer Denilso Camargo has recently discovered five new globular clusters in the Milky Way's bulge that could offer essential clues on... more
Cyber Monday 2018 Deal: Sphero R2-D2 Droid Can Explore the Galaxy!  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
This Astromech Droid from a galaxy far, far away can be yours for $39.99, which is 60 percent off the normal listing. more
Cyber Monday 2018: The Best Star Wars Deals  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
The holidays are upon us and fans don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to score Jedi-worthy deals. May the force be with you! more
New Trailer for 'The Lego Movie 2' Promises Out-of-This-World Adventure!  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
A new trailer for "The Lego Movie 2" launches into intergalactic space on what promises to be an epic adventure in brick form. more
Black Friday 2018 Deal: Sphero R2-D2 Droid Can Explore the Galaxy!  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
This Astromech Droid from a galaxy far, far away can be yours for $39.99, which is 60 percent off the normal listing. more
Spot the Andromeda Galaxy Overhead This Week  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
The most distant object in space that we can see with our unaided eyes, the Andromeda Galaxy, is located more than 2 million light-years away — but you can see it in the early... more
Black Friday 2018: The Best Star Wars Deals  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
The holidays are upon us and fans don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to score Jedi-worthy deals. May the force be with you! more
Discovery of Hotspots Circling Milky Way Black Hole Has Astronomers Excited  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
Last week, astronomers announced the discovery of "hotspots" circling the drain of a massive black hole, proving a decade-old theory that a behemoth lies at the... more
Astronomers discover giant relic of disrupted 'tadpole' galaxy  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Astronomers have identified a disrupted galaxy resembling a giant tadpole, complete with an elliptical head and a long, straight tail, about 300 million light years away from Earth. The discovery illuminates how... more
New Arecibo Observatory Message Challenge Announced  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
In 1974, the Arecibo Observatory made history by beaming the most powerful radio message into deep space ever made. The famous Arecibo Message was... more
What Is a Spiral Galaxy?  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
A spiral galaxy has a distinct winding shape. Most of the galaxies observed by astronomers are spiral galaxies. more
Hubble Spots Young, Massive Globular Cluster NGC 1866  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Globular clusters are densely packed, spherical collections of several hundred thousand stars. They are among the oldest known objects in... more
Doomed star in Milky Way threatens rare gamma-ray burst  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
University of Sydney astronomers, working with international colleagues, have found a star system like none seen before in our galaxy. more
Euclid progresses with primary mirror delivery  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
In order to observe billions of faint galaxies and investigate the nature of the dark Universe, ESA's pioneering Euclid mission will require state-of-the-art optics. The first optical element to be delivered, the telescope's primary mirror (M1),... more
New Arecibo Observatory message challenge announced  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
In 1974, the Arecibo Observatory made history by beaming the most powerful radio message into deep space ever made. The famous Arecibo Message was designed by the AO 74's staff, led by Frank Drake, and with... more
Astronomers discover giant relic of disrupted Tadpole galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A team of astronomers from Israel, the U.S. and Russia have identified a disrupted galaxy resembling a giant tadpole, complete with an elliptical head and a long, straight tail, about 300 million... more
Rapid 'turn-on' of a nuclear transient observed by astronomers  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An international team of astronomers has observed the peculiar activity of a nuclear transient event known as PS1-13cbe. The transient, which occurred in the nucleus of the galaxy SDSS J222153.87+003054.2,... more
New film celebrates Hubble Space Telescope  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
On Friday, November 16, a unique film and musical experience, inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope's iconic Deep Field image, premieres at the Kennedy Space Center. The film, titled Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our... more
Image: Hubble hooks a cosmic jellyfish  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
At first glance, a bright blue crescent immediately jumps out of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. Is it a bird? A plane? Evidence of extraterrestrial life? No—it's a galaxy. more
Chandra Captures Collision of Two Galaxy Clusters: Abell 1033  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have determined that a massive group of galaxies called Abell... more
Gravitationally lensed quasars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The path of light is bent by mass, an effect predicted by Einstein's theory of gravity, and when a massive galaxy or cluster lies along our line-of-sight to a more distant galaxy its matter will act as a lens to... more
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