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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.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Deep-sky Observing the Easy Way

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.

Galaxies

"Invisible" Galaxies Found in the Young Universe

Astronomers have discovered galaxies that have escaped detection until now, uncovering a missing link in galaxy evolution.

Galaxies

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.

Cigar Galaxy's Galactic Superwind

Galaxies

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.”

Galaxy cluster Abell 1314

Galaxies

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.

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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.

Galaxies

How to Turn Off a Galaxy’s Star Formation

New observations by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) provide a close look at a galaxy that may be in the process of shutting down its star formation.

Magellanic Clouds

Galaxies

The Magellanic Clouds Might Once Have Been a Trio

The Milky Way's two largest companion galaxies may have once been a threesome — but new data from the Gaia satellite leaves the satellites' history an open question.

BUFFALO image of Abell 370

Galaxies

60-Second Astro News: Starbirth, Stardeath, and the Evolution of Galaxies

Starbirth and stardeath light up a nearby galaxy while faraway galaxies twist and bend in these new images from NASA's Hubble and Chandra space observatories.

Galaxies

Andromeda Collided with Galactic Sibling Billions of Years Ago

A new study says our neighbor galaxy’s big stellar halo and stellar evolution are due to a major collision that ended 2 billion years ago.

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M13 with a Side of Galaxies, Please

The Great Hercules Cluster is on everyone's observing list this summer. But there's lots more to see within a stone's throw of this grand object — like 20 galaxies!

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Meet the Shy Side of the Local Group

The Local Group galaxies and their kin are the building blocks of the most magnificent galaxies in the universe. Let them inspire your winter nights.

Celestial Objects to Observe

Are You Ready, Willing, and Abell?

A cosmic rabbit hole in the tail of Leo will take you to Abell 1367, a wonderland of galaxies more than 300 million light-years from Earth. Step in and lose yourself in the vastness.

super spiral and normal galaxies

Galaxies

Super Spiral Galaxies

Astronomers have identified 53 “super spirals” — spiral galaxies that are huge and incredibly luminous — as part of a project exploring archived observations.

Ripples in the Milky Way's Disk

Milky Way

A Galaxy Hit-and-Run

Ripples found in the Milky Way’s disk reveal our galaxy survived an ancient hit-and-run. Now, astronomers might have caught the culprit.

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