From Starving Black Holes to Warped Galaxies
Hot topics from the American Astronomical Society summer meeting range from colliding galaxies, to warped galaxies, to starving black holes.
Astronomers Look into the Past of Local Dwarf Galaxies
A combination of simulations and observations indicates that galaxies like the Large Magellanic Cloud control when punier dwarfs plunge into large galaxies.
Not All Star-forming Clouds Are The Same
Astronomers have created the first high-resolution maps of the big, dense gas clouds that form stars within galaxies.
Astronomy in Pictures: Unraveling Galaxies and Clyde's Spot
This week in astronomy pictures: Peer into our galaxy's busy core, watch Clyde's Spot unravel at Jupiter, and see a stunning Hubble photo of a lopsided galaxy.
New Distances Support Idea of Dark Matter-less Galaxies
New distances to two dwarf galaxies with unusually spread-out stars support the idea that these galaxies have little to no dark matter.
Astronomers Use AI to Investigate Quasars and Galaxies Galore
New applications of machine learning have enabled astronomers to classify 27 million galaxies and pick out a dozen rare quadruply lensed quasars.
Amateur Astronomers Reveal Long-Ago Galaxy Mergers
The images from five Brazilian amateur astronomers have captured Hubble-level details in galaxies, laying the ground for future work in understanding their histories. Want to join the fun?
Our Tiny Galactic Neighbor Hosts Ancient Stars
New observations show ancient stars lining the edges of the ultra-faint dwarf galaxy Tucana II, a tiny satellite of the Milky Way.
Astronomers Spot Galaxies Clustering in Early Universe
Astronomers have discovered a cluster of galaxies coming together just 770 million years after the Big Bang.
What New Horizons Found in Deep Space — And Why It Matters
NASA’s mission to the outer solar system has found more light than expected. That could mean more galaxies in the visible universe than we thought— or less, depending on who you talk to.
Astronomers Find Most Distant Gamma-ray Burst Yet
From the farthest-known galaxy in the observable universe comes the brightest and most energetic of events: a possible gamma-ray burst.
Astronomers Discover Galactic “Fossil” Inside the Milky Way
Thousands of stars that once belonged to an ancient galaxy are inside our own.
A Dark Matter-less Galaxy, Explained (Maybe)
An international team of astronomers has explained the lack of dark matter in a distant dwarf galaxy — another galaxy stole it.
Star Clusters Reveal the "Kraken" in the Milky Way's Past
Astronomers have reconstructed the Milky Way's merger history, finding that our galaxy has absorbed five large satellite galaxies in the last 12 billion years.
60-second Astro News: Mature Infant Galaxies & A Possibly Rogue Planet
This week in astronomy news: Distant galaxies that look older than they are and a terrestrial planet that might be drifting through our galaxy.
Astronomers Chart Star Formation History, Glimpse Fate of the Universe
Astronomers have tallied how star-making material evolved over cosmic time — and they've predicted how long stars will keep forming before the universe goes dark.
Hubble Images Reveal Dark Matter Problem
Astronomers studying Hubble Space Telescope images of massive galaxy clusters have uncovered a potential problem with dark matter.
Astronomers Map Andromeda’s Halo
Astronomers have observed 43 quasars in back of our sister galaxy, Andromeda, using the distant beacons to map its halo of hot gas.
See the Invisible: A Gallery of Magnetic Fields
Magnetic fields affect everything from star formation to galaxy evolution. View a gallery of images that show magnetism's role.
"Dead Ringer" for the Milky Way Found in Early Universe
A cosmic magnifying glass has revealed a Milky Way-like galaxy in the early universe that doesn’t conform to cosmologists’ expectations.