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local cosmic structure


Cosmic Void “Pushes” Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered a giant cosmic void that explains why our Local Group of galaxies is moving through the universe as fast as it is.

Pluto's Sputnik Planum in color

Milky Way

Top 12 Astronomy News Stories of 2016

From the discovery of gravitational waves to the building evidence that a massive planet could exist beyond Pluto, it has been a thrilling year for astronomy research. We recap.

KIDS Dark Matter Map


Not-So-Clumpy Dark Matter Poses Cosmological Challenge

Astronomers analyzing a new sky survey have found that the distribution of dark matter in the modern universe is smoother than predicted from observations of a far younger universe.

FRB spectrum


Radio Bursts Herald Future Science

For the first time, astronomers have discovered a (potential) high-energy counterpart to a fast radio burst, and also used a different burst to probe the cosmic web.


About Those 2 Trillion New Galaxies . . .

The news that astronomers find the universe has 10 times more galaxies than previously thought? There's less to this than the headlines say.

Galaxy cluster CL J1001+0220


A Galaxy Cluster Caught in Transition?

Astronomers have caught a galaxy cluster in the prime of its life — perhaps just before it transitions to retirement.

dwarf galaxy DDO 68


Of Dwarf Galaxies and Voids

Living in voids might be tangentially responsible for three small galaxies’ recent flurries of starbirth.

Bullet Cluster


Does a Fifth Force Permeate the Universe?

A team of theoretical physicists thinks a fifth force could explain an anomaly spotted in a nuclear physics experiment. If true, it could have huge ramifications for particle physics and dark matter — but that’s a pretty big if.

IceCube neutrino telescope


Search for Fourth Neutrino Goes Cold

The Antarctic observatory known as IceCube has ruled out the existence of a fourth type of neutrino particle — and one-time dark matter contender — known as the light sterile neutrino.

Bottom view of LUX


No Dark Matter from LUX Experiment

An underground detector reports zero detections of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the top candidate for mysterious dark matter.

A Chandra/Hitomi view of Perseus Cluster


Doomed Hitomi Gazed at Galaxy Cluster

In its first — and final — month of flight, the Hitomi X-ray observatory measured the calm within the bubbling core of the Perseus Cluster.

Neutron star collision

Astronomy Questions & Answers

The Kavli Foundation Q&A: How Did Nature's Heaviest Elements Form?

The Kavli Foundation hosted a Q&A with three astronomers to probe the recent discovery of hard-to-produce heavy elements in a nearby dwarf galaxy. The discovery sheds light on stellar histories and galactic evolution.


Milky Way's New Neighbor: A Giant Dwarf

Astronomers have discovered a “feeble giant”: one of the largest dwarf galaxies ever seen around the Milky Way.

Most Distant Galaxy, GN-z11


Hubble Finds Most Distant Galaxy Yet

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have measured a precise distance to a galaxy dwelling in the cosmic dawn.

Australia's Compact Array


Astronomers Pinpoint Mysterious Radio Burst

A radio burst with the energy of a hundred million Suns has finally been placed on the cosmic map, enabling scientists to investigate the origin of these mysterious bursts.

local large-scale structure


Galaxies Hidden Behind the Milky Way

Astronomers have detected hundreds of galaxies lying hidden behind the Milky Way's disk, many of which belong to the so-called Great Attractor, or Norma Supercluster.

galaxy clusters and how clumped together they are


Dark Matter Makes Galaxy Clusters Clump

How much galaxy clusters huddle together depends in part on how fast these clusters formed — and that formation rate depends on dark matter.

Aerial view of LIGO Hanford

Black Holes

About The LIGO Gravitational-Wave Rumor. . .

Gossip is racing around the physics and astronomy community: has LIGO finally heard its first black-hole merger? Here’s the reality.

Close-up of NGC 253-dw2 discovery photo


"Strongman" Aussie Discovers Dwarf Galaxy

All amateur Michael Sidonio wanted was a pretty astro-image of NGC 253. What he got instead was credit for discovering a rare dwarf galaxy.

MACS0717 galaxy cluster


Small Galaxies Helped Light Up Universe

Hubble observations confirm that much of the light that broke up the early universe’s hydrogen came from the smallest galaxies.