Galaxies
SOFIA Uncovers Clues to the Evolution of Universe and Search for Life  ASTRO WATCH · 13 hours
A compilation of scientific results from The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, reveal new clues to how stars form and galaxies evolve, and... more
Virgin Galactic: Rocket reaches space again in test flight (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Virgin Galactic's rocket plane reached space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday, climbing higher and faster than before while also carrying a... more
Virgin Galactic takes crew of three to altitude of 55 miles (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) on Friday, carrying for the first time a passenger in addition... more
Virgin Galactic: Rocket reaches space again in test flight  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Virgin Galactic says its rocket plane has reached space for a second time in a test flight over California. more
SpaceShipTwo flies to the edge of space again  SPACE NEWS · 18 hours
SpaceShipTwo successfully flew to the edge of space for the second time Feb. 22, carrying three people for the first... more
Bezos emphasizes altitude advantage of New Shepard over SpaceShipTwo  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
As Blue Origin prepares to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, the company’s founder says... more
In colliding galaxies, a pipsqueak shines bright  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In the nearby Whirlpool galaxy and its companion galaxy, M51b, two supermassive black holes heat up and devour surrounding material. These two monsters should be the most luminous X-ray sources in sight, but a... more
Virgin Galactic reschedules SpaceShipTwo flight for Feb. 22  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Virgin Galactic scrubbed the Feb. 20 flight test for SpaceShipTwo, the air-launched suborbital spaceplane, due to high winds in Mojave,... more
SpaceShipTwo aims to reach space again  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Virgin Galactic plans to conduct a fifth test flight Feb. 20 of its suborbital spaceplane SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity. SpaceNews.com more
Virgin Galactic prepares SpaceShipTwo to fly again  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Virgin Galactic plans to conduct a fifth test flight Feb. 20 of its suborbital spaceplane SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity. SpaceNews.com more
IAU names landing site of Chinese Chang'e-4 probe on far side of the moon  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Statio Tianhe for the landing site... more
Astronomers publish sky map of thousands of newly discovered galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
An international team of more than 200 astronomers from 18 countries has published the first phase of a major new radio sky survey at unprecedented sensitivity using the... more
Hundreds of thousands of new galaxies  nanowerk · 4 days
A new survey reveals hundreds of thousands of previously undetected galaxies, shedding new light on many research areas including the physics of black holes and how clusters of galaxies evolve. more
Astrophysicists May Have Found Universe’s ‘Missing Mass’  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
About a third of the normal matter — meaning hydrogen, helium and other elements — created shortly after the Big Bang is... more
Tidal tails: The beginning of the end of an open star cluster  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
In the course of their life, open star clusters continuously lose stars to their surroundings. The resulting swath of tidal tails provides a glimpse... more
NASA selects new mission to explore origins of universe  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy's planetary systems. more
NASA selects infrared astronomy survey mission  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA has selected for development a mission that will perform a spectroscopic survey of the entire sky at near-infrared wavelengths to study the origins... more
NASA picks mission to make all-sky infrared map  Science Magazine · 1 week
SPHEREx would test theory of cosmological inflation by mapping millions of galaxies across time more
We Finally Know When Our Milky Way Will Crash Into the Andromeda Galaxy  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
The monster collision between our Milky Way and fellow spiral galaxy Andromeda will occur about 4.5 billion years from now, rather than... more
The View from Space Could Change the World, Virgin Galactic Says  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Virgin Galactic wants to make the world a better place by giving a lot more people some much-needed perspective. more
After a Slow Start, Milky Way's Neighbors Have Upped Their Star-Forming Game  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
As they prepare for their first lap around the Milky Way, our galaxy's nearest neighbors have shown a dramatic increase in star formation. more
Virgin Galactic Pilots Awarded Commercial Astronaut Wings  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on Thursday pinned FAA Astronaut Wings on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crewmembers, Test Pilots Mark “Forger” Stucky... more
Zwicky Transient Facility Nabs Supernovae, Stars, and More  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
The results are rolling in from Caltech's newest state-of-the-art sky-surveying camera, which began operations at the Palomar Observatory in March... more
Gaia Clocks New Speeds for Milky Way Andromeda Collision  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
ESA’s Gaia satellite has looked beyond our Galaxy and explored two nearby galaxies to reveal the stellar motions... more
Will Virgin Galactic Founder Richard Branson Fly to Space on Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary?  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
At an event celebrating Virgin Galactic's historic flight on Dec. 13, founder Sir Richard Branson shared that he hopes to... more
We Finally Know When Our Milky Way Will Crash Into the Andromeda Galaxy  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The monster collision between our Milky Way and fellow spiral galaxy Andromeda will occur about 4.5 billion years from now, rather than... more
Richard Branson says he'll fly to space by July  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
British billionaire Richard Branson plans to travel to space within the next four or five months aboard his own Virgin Galactic spaceship, he told AFP Thursday. more
Virgin Galactic Space-Flown Rocket Motor Donated to Smithsonian  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The hybrid rocket motor that powered Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on its first flight into space will next be used to ignite public interest in the future of spaceflight as an artifact in... more
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Pilots Awarded FAA Astronaut Wings  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The United States now has two new certified Commercial Astronauts. Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo test pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow were awarded Commercial Astronaut Wings by the Federal Aviation Administration... more
Gaia clocks new speeds for Milky Way-Andromeda collision  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
ESA's Gaia satellite has looked beyond our Galaxy and explored two nearby galaxies to reveal the stellar motions within them and how they will one day interact and collide with the Milky... more
Zwicky Transient Facility nabs several supernovae a night  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The results are rolling in from Caltech's newest state-of-the-art sky-surveying camera, which began operations at the Palomar Observatory in March 2018. Called the Zwicky Transient Facility, or ZTF, the new instrument has... more
Gaia clocks new speeds for Milky Way-Andromeda collision  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA’s Gaia satellite has looked beyond our Galaxy and explored two nearby galaxies to reveal the stellar motions within them... more
Our Milky Way Galaxy Is Warped  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
The first accurate 3D map of our galaxy reveals its true shape: warped and twisted. Astronomers from Macquarie University and the Chinese Academy of... more
The Vibrating Universe: Making Astronomy Accessible to the Deaf  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have teamed with teachers at the California School for the Deaf,... more
These Bubbles of Star Birth in the Milky Way's Galactic Neighbor Look Spectacular!  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
A beautiful image of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbor provides insight into how stars form. more
The vibrating universe: Making astronomy accessible to the deaf  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Astronomers designed an astronomy workshop for students with hearing loss that can be easily used in classrooms, museums, fairs, and other public events. The workshop utilized a sound stage that... more
Chinese Astronomers Find over 10,000 Metal-poor Star Candidates  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
Chinese astronomers have discovered more than 10,000 metal-poor star candidates, which may help shed light on the early universe and... more
The Milky Way is warped  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Milky Way galaxy's disk of stars is anything but stable and flat. Instead, it becomes increasingly warped and twisted far away from the Milky Way's center, according to astronomers from National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of... more
Astronomers study star formation and gas flows in the galaxy NGC 1365  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Using European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have investigated the galaxy NGC 1365. The study, presented in a paper published January 18... more
Hubble Space Telescope Spies Messier 85  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new photo of a lenticular — or elliptical — galaxy called Messier 85. Located in... more
Explaining a universe composed of matter  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The universe consists of a massive imbalance between matter and antimatter. Antimatter and matter are actually the same, but have opposite charges, but there's hardly any antimatter in the observable universe, including the stars and other... more
Why Are You and I and Everything Else Here?  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
The universe consists of matter. Matter is everything we see around us. That's strange - but why? In... more
See the Whirlpool Galaxy Through the Eyes of the NASA's 'Great Observatories'  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Three powerful space observatories reveal the Whirlpool Galaxy as a wonder of star formation and star death in a new video from the Space... more
Hubble Accidentally Discovers a New Galaxy in Cosmic Neighborhood  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
The universe is very cluttered. Myriad island cities of stars, the galaxies, form a backdrop tapestry. Much closer... more
Researcher discusses space tourism, the first mission to Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In December 2018, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, visited Boston University to discuss funding opportunities with faculty and researchers. While on campus, he also gave a... more
Image: The accidentally discovered galaxy Bedin I  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
This image, taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys shows a part the globular cluster NGC 6752. more
Supermassive black holes still dark and mysterious  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Researchers have measured the strength of magnetic fields near two supermassive black holes at the centers of an important type of active galaxies. Surprisingly, the strengths of the magnetic fields do not appear sufficient... more
Hubble fortuitously discovers a new galaxy in the cosmic neighborhood  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the oldest and faintest stars in the globular cluster NGC 6752 have made an unexpected finding. They... more
Hubble fortuitously discovers a new galaxy in the cosmic neighborhood  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the oldest and faintest stars in the globular cluster NGC 6752 have discovered a dwarf galaxy in... more
Galaxies Sparkle Above the Very Large Telescope in This Gorgeous Night-Sky Photo  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Captured from the platform of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, located on Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, this... more
Hubble fortuitously discovers a new galaxy in the cosmic neighbourhood  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the oldest and faintest stars in the globular cluster NGC 6752 have made an unexpected finding. They... more
After mapping millions of galaxies, dark energy survey finishes data collection  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
For the past six years, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has been part of an international effort to create an unprecedented survey of distant galaxies and better... more
Lego Unveils Awesome New Star Wars Sets for Toy Line's 20th Anniversary  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
To celebrate 20 years of the Force being with Lego Star Wars fans, the Lego Group has designed five new special-edition sets featuring ships... more
Detailed maps of thousands of nearby galaxies  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The latest data release from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) includes observations revealing the internal structure and composition of nearly 5,000 nearby galaxies observed during the first three years of a program called... more
Goodbye to a beauty in the night sky  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
For over a century and a half, Eta Carinae has been one of the most luminous – and most enigmatic – stars of the southern Milky Way. more
MaNGA data release includes detailed maps of thousands of nearby galaxies  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The latest data release from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) includes observations revealing the internal structure and composition of nearly 5,000 nearby galaxies observed during... more
Active galaxies point to new physics of cosmic expansion  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Investigating the history of our cosmos with a large sample of distant 'active' galaxies observed by ESA's XMM-Newton, a team of astronomers found there might be more to the early... more
Ultra-luminous infrared galaxy with strong ionized-gas outflow discovered  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Japanese astronomers report the identification of a new ultra-luminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG) as part of the search for far-infrared-bright but optically faint objects. The newly detected ULIRG, designated AKARI-FIS-V2 J0916248+073034, exhibits a... more
Active Galaxies Point to New Physics of Cosmic Expansion  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Investigating the history of our cosmos with a large sample of distant ‘active’ galaxies observed by ESA’s XMM-Newton,... more
Active galaxies point to new physics of cosmic expansion  ESA · 4 weeks
Investigating the history of our cosmos with a large sample of distant ‘active’ galaxies observed by ESA’s XMM-Newton,... more
Three luminous blue variable candidates found in the galaxy NGC 4736  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Russian astronomers have identified three new luminous blue variable (LBV) candidates in the star-forming galaxy NGC 4736. While one of the three newly found candidates was... more
AI adjusts for gaps in citizen science data  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Citizen science is a boon for researchers, providing reams of data about everything from animal species to distant galaxies. more
Early Universe’s Massive Black Holes Born in Rapidly-Growing Dark Matter Halos: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
When the Universe was less than 1 billion years old, some of its stars turned into supermassive black holes. A key mystery in astronomy... more
Triangulum Galaxy Reveals Stunning Stellar Symmetry in Amazing Hubble Telescope Views  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
Time to change your desktop pictures. The Hubble Space Telescope just produced an amazing panorama image of the Triangulum Galaxy, one of the closest galactic neighbors... more
Researcher Wins Machine-Learning Competition With Code That Sorts Through Simulated Telescope Data  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
A new telescope will take a sequence of hi-res snapshots with the world’s largest digital camera, covering the entire visible night sky every few... more
Making the Hubble’s Deepest Images Even Deeper  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
It has taken researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias almost three years to produce the deepest image of the Universe... more
Virgin Galactic Lays Off Staff as Test Program Continues  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
Suborbital spaceflight company Virgin Galactic laid off about 40 people earlier this month as part of a realignment of "skill sets" in the company's workforce as it prepares to shift... more
Where is Earth's Submoon?  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
“Can moons have moons?” This simple question—asked by the four-year old son of Carnegie’s Juna Kollmeier—started it all. Not long after this initial bedtime query, Kollmeier was coordinating... more
Virgin Galactic lays off staff as test program continues  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
Suborbital spaceflight company Virgin Galactic laid off about 40 people earlier this month as part of a realignment... more
The Milky Way and Andromeda Loom Over a Dutch Sailboat in a Breathtaking Vertical Panorama  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
A vertical panorama of the night sky reveals a colorful sea of stars glistening above an old Dutch... more
Richard Branson Expects Commercial Virgin Galactic Flights to Begin in Mid-2019  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
The founder of Virgin Galactic says he now expects to fly on the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle around the middle of this year after a series... more
Virgin Galactic Boldly Goes with Under Armour for Suborbital Spacesuits  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
Under Armour will design the gear worn by passengers and pilots on Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceflights, representatives of both companies announced today (Jan. 24). more
Milky Way’s Neighbors Pick Up the Pace  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
After slowly forming stars for the first few billion years of their lives, the Magellanic Clouds, near neighbors of our own Milky... more
This galaxy is no match for a hungry cluster  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new study led by Yale University astronomers tells the story of a galaxy that ran out of gas. more
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