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Newfound Star May Be Oldest in the Universe

The ultimate age barrier has been broken. The oldest living star in the entire universe may have been discovered—one formed only one or two hundred million years after the Big Bang itself. The ancient star, born some 13.6 billion years ...

Intense Starburst Spotted in Nearby Galaxy

Things are rocking right now in our own galactic neighborhood. Backyard telescope users already knew about the Cigar Galaxy, or M82, located in the Great Bear constellation, Ursa Major. Now it has two new cosmic secrets to explore. Two weeks ...

“Nearby” Supernova Has Astronomers Going Gaga

Something has lit up the Cigar Galaxy, astronomers report, and it looks like an exploding star. The increasing brilliance of the supernova has thrilled the stargazing community, potentially becoming a viewing target within reach of binoculars in the next few ...

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Astronomers have for the first time captured a glimpse of the vast, web-like network of diffuse gas that links all of the galaxies in the cosmos. Leading cosmological theories suggest that galaxies are cocooned within gigantic, wispy filaments of gas. ...

Most Crowded Galaxy Discovered, Only 54 Million Light Years Away

Astronomers have discovered the densest galaxy ever seen, and at 54 million light years away, it’s in our galactic neighborhood. Using the combined imaging capabilities of ground-based observatories with the high-flying Hubble Space Telescope and its cousin, the Chandra X-Ray ...

Most Crowded Galaxy Discovered, Only 54 Million Light Years Away

Astronomers have discovered the densest galaxy ever seen, and at 54 million light years away, it’s in our galactic neighborhood. Using the combined imaging capabilities of ground-based observatories with the high-flying Hubble Space Telescope and its cousin, the Chandra X-Ray ...

Photo: Galaxy Crash Revealed First Time in X-Rays

For the first time astronomers have been able to peer into the heart of a galaxy 60 million light years  from Earth and observe, via x-rays, the remnants of a titanic collision between a long dead dwarf galaxy and much larger ...

Photo: Galaxy Crash Revealed First Time in X-Rays

For the first time astronomers have been able to peer into the heart of a galaxy 60 million light years  from Earth and observe, via x-rays, the remnants of a titanic collision between a long dead dwarf galaxy and much larger ...

Smallest Galaxy Ever Discovered Bolsters Dark Matter Theory

  This week, astronomers announced that they have managed to weigh a minuscule galaxy that breaks the record for the smallest ever detected and may help shed light on mysterious dark matter. With only 1000 stars huddled together, this galactic featherweight ...

Dying Galaxy Found Bleeding Out Into Space

  A team of international astronomers are investigating what looks like the impending death of a dwarf galaxy 54 million light years away. The scientists were clued in by a trail of fireballs streaming thousands of light years behind the small ...

Dying Galaxy Found Bleeding Out Into Space

  A team of international astronomers are investigating what looks like the impending death of a dwarf galaxy 54 million light years away. The scientists were clued in by a trail of fireballs streaming thousands of light years behind the small ...