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Spiral galaxy with a bustling core, Webb's view shows orange-bright dust at top left, Hubble's view shows stars at bottom right

Galaxies

Webb Telescope Unveils 19 Galaxies in a New Light

A James Webb Space Telescope survey known as PHANGS has revealed exquisite, just-published details in 19 nearby galaxies.

a fuzzy orb with rainbow stripes of red, yellow, green, and blue, against a dark background with white dots

Galaxies

Astronomers Discover “Invisible” Galaxy

A radio survey has serendipitously uncovered a galaxy with no visible stars.

a light colored shape with veins running through it against a background of stars

Galaxies

JWST Reveals Distant “Galaxy” Is Six-way Galactic Crash

Peering deep into the past, the James Webb Space Telescope’s keen detectors are revealing unprecedented details of some of the oldest structures in the universe.

Horsehead Nebula

Galaxies

New Cosmology Probe Presents First, Stunning Images

The Horsehead Nebula and other stunning scenes highlight the talents of the just-launched Euclid mission. The telescope will reach into the depths of the cosmos to understand dark matter and dark energy.

Jellyfish galaxy

Galaxies

Kite-like Galaxy Trails a Million-light-year String of Gas and Star-forming Knots

A galaxy 600 million light-years away appears to be trailing gas in a string 1.2 million light-years long, but explaining its origins presents a challenge.

Black Holes

“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.

Faint, fuzzy dots among galaxies speckled on a black field

Galaxies

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.

Zoom ins on massive galaxy cluster show tiny red dots, distant galaxies that resemble nearby

Galaxies

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.

Black field spotted with galaxies marks the JADES field

Galaxies

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.

JWST deep-field image showing many galaxies

Cosmology

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.

Carina Nebula

Galaxies

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.

Webb's first deep field

Exoplanets

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.

Zoomed-in view of barred spiral galaxy NGC 4921

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.

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.

Early Milky Way look-alike

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.

Single-looped Knife Edge Galaxy

Galaxies

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.

Celestial Objects to Observe

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.

Massive, dusty, star-forming galaxy

Galaxies

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.

Hydrogen halo around young galaxy

Galaxies

How Young Galaxies Grow

A pair of recent studies sheds light on some of the universe’s earliest galaxies and how they grow.

The Great Square of Pegasus

Deep Sky

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.