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Galaxy clusters through time

Cosmology

Largest-ever Catalog of X-ray Sources Tests Cosmology 

Results from a brand-new high-energy observatory are rocking the field of cosmology. In particular, a study of more than 5,000 galaxy clusters relieves tension in the standard cosmological model.

Galaxy cluster

Galaxies

Webb, Hubble Telescopes Team Up to Create "Most Colorful View of the Universe"

The Hubble and Webb Space Telescopes have revealed a bounty of galaxies in a pair of colliding clusters, capturing twinkling lights within.

3C 297

Galaxies

This Galaxy Is Powerful, But Lonely Too

A large elliptical galaxy spewing a black hole–powered jet might have eaten its neighbors, leaving it on its own.

cluster of various galaxies

Cosmology

The Universe Is Too Smooth By Half

Results from a complex new analysis support cosmologists’ suspicions that something is missing from our understanding of the universe.

Intracluster light with Hubble

Galaxies

Hubble and Webb Image Galaxies’ Lost Stars

Deep images of galaxy clusters reveals the light of wandering stars. What set these stars free from their hosts?

Five cluster collisions show how the shapes evolve from bullet to cone to curled tongue

Galaxies

Astronomers Find Confounding Cone Shape in Cluster Collision

Galaxy clusters take eons to collide. Now, astronomers have caught a pair of merging clusters in an in-between stage never seen before.

Orphan cloud seen in X-rays and visible light

Galaxies

Lost & Found: Milky Way-size "Orphan Cloud"

Astronomers have found a giant gas cloud, likely stripped from its parent galaxy long ago, in a cluster 330 million light-years away.

Cosmology

Twisters in the Cosmic Web

Astronomers have found that the largest structures in the universe spin, making twister-like strings of galaxies and dark matter in the cosmic web.

Protocluster

Galaxies

Astronomers Spot Galaxies Clustering in Early Universe

Astronomers have discovered a cluster of galaxies coming together just 770 million years after the Big Bang.

Dark matter: Theory vs. Observed

Cosmology

Hubble Images Reveal Dark Matter Problem

Astronomers studying Hubble Space Telescope images of massive galaxy clusters have uncovered a potential problem with dark matter.

The Great Square of Pegasus

Explore the Night with Bob King

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.

local cosmic structure

Galaxies

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.

Galaxy cluster CL J1001+0220

Cosmology

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.

A Chandra/Hitomi view of Perseus Cluster

Cosmology

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.

Galaxies

Galaxy Cluster Spotted in Early Universe

Astronomers discover a vast collection of young galaxies from the early universe.

galaxy clusters and how clumped together they are

Cosmology

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.

Galaxy cluster Abell 2744

Galaxies

Ghostly Light From Dead Galaxies

Astronomers are peering into a galaxy cluster’s past, using Hubble’s Frontier Fields to measure the light from ghost stars cast adrift in galaxy collisions.

local supercluster

Galaxies

Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

Astronomers have mapped the cosmic watershed and discovered a massive supercluster that extends more than 500 million light-years and contains 100,000 large galaxies. The Milky Way sits on the edge of this humongous structure.

Planck cosmic microwave background

Galaxies

Mystery of the Missing Galaxy Clusters

Astronomers have counted up the number of galaxy clusters in the cosmos and found a problem: the number is much lower than they expected. What's going on?

Cosmology

New Heavyweight Galaxy Cluster

Astronomers have discovered a supermassive galaxy cluster that both meets and challenges expectations for how clusters ought to behave.