“Rogue Black Hole” Could Be Something Much Simpler
An unusual streak of stars thought to have formed in the wake of a wandering supermassive black hole might just be a spiral galaxy seen edge-on.
The James Webb Space Telescope May Have Spotted a Baby Galaxy Merger
New JWST images reveal that one of the most distant objects ever observed is actually two baby galaxies on a possible collision course.
New Observations Reveal Galaxies Near and Far
Astronomers at this month's big winter conference explored intriguing small galaxies at various points in cosmic history.
Webb's Galactic Distance Record Is Now Official
Spectroscopic measurements confirm Webb's distance record, with images revealing galaxies that existed just 330 million years after the Big Bang.
Webb Telescope Shatters Distance Records, Challenges Astronomers
Distant galaxies in Webb images suggest we need to rethink star and galaxy evolution in the early universe.
What We See in the First Science Images from the James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope released its first science images today. Here's what these images show us.
What the James Webb Space Telescope's First Year Will Reveal
The James Webb Space Telescope's first year of observations promises to reveal exoplanet atmospheres and surfaces, infant galaxies, and maybe even the first black holes.
Watch Black Holes Grow, Galaxies Fall
Watch black holes grow and galaxies fall — astro photos and visualizations to get you through the week.
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.
"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.
The Knife Edge Galaxy Throws Astronomers For a Loop
A 2008 image captured a stunning double loop of stars around an edge-on galaxy. Now, astronomers are questioning whether one of those loops exist.
Explore the Night with Bob King
Easy-to-find Deep-sky Objects for Cold Nights
Cold weather keeping you inside at night? Limit your time outdoors and make the most of your telescope time with these easy-to-find deep-sky gems.
What Snuffed Out Star Formation in This “Monster” Galaxy?
Astronomers have discovered a galaxy that formed five times as many stars as the Milky Way within 2 billion years after the Big Bang — but then quickly quelled any further starbirth.
How Young Galaxies Grow
A pair of recent studies sheds light on some of the universe’s earliest galaxies and how they grow.
Deep-sky Dive Into the Great Square of Pegasus
We return to Pegasus, but this time with a telescope to find a grab-bag of overlooked deep-sky treasures.
"Invisible" Galaxies Found in the Young Universe
Astronomers have discovered galaxies that have escaped detection until now, uncovering a missing link in galaxy evolution.
Why Are Two Ghost Galaxies Missing Dark Matter?
Ultra-diffuse galaxies are usually dark matter-rich. But astronomers have discovered two of these galaxies that lack dark matter altogether.
Tracing the Cigar Galaxy's Superwind
NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory has returned a striking far-infrared view of the Cigar Galaxy and its “galactic superwind.”
Radio Survey Maps Hundreds of Thousands of New Galaxies
The LOFAR survey, based in The Netherlands, has released a bonanza of new sources. And with only 2% of the sky covered so far, this is only the beginning.
Deep-Sky Observing Without Equipment, Part II — The Winter Sky
Really want to see what your eyes can do? Leave the telescope at home and join me for a naked-eye tour of the late winter sky.