NASA's Kepler ushers in a new era of astronomy

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data. Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be announced today by the Kepler team.

This cosmic tapestry is a thousand years old

Scientists around the world are celebrating the 50th anniversary of X-ray astronomy this year. Few objects better illustrate the progress of the field in the past half-century than the supernova remnant known as SN 1006.

Astronomers glimpse birth of mega-stars

Using a CSIRO radio telescope, astronomers have caught an enormous cloud of cosmic gas and dust in the process of collapsing in on itself. They hope the discovery could help establish how massive stars form.

Binary star has a five-minute orbit

An international team of astronomers has discovered a weird pair of stars which orbit around each other in just five and a half minutes.

WISE telescope offers up 'candy store' of images

NASA has released the first pictures from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, WISE.