Billion-star surveyor comes into focus

ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. This test image shows a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.

Astronomers gain new tape measure for the universe

Using binary stars as a standard for reference, astronomers have measured the distance to our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), more accurately than ever before.

Hubble snaps 'Christmas tree bauble'

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope show an appropriately festive-looking bubble of gas in our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.