Hubble spots a swirl of star formation

The beautiful, glittering swirl picture belowed is named, rather un-poetically, J125013.50+073441.5.

Stellar birth rate falling fast

The rate of star formation in the universe is now only one-thirtieth of its peak, says an international team of astronomers - and the decline is set to continue.

Astronomers vindicated by frenetic Phoenix Cluster star formation



Evidence for what astronomers suspect happens at the cores of the largest galaxy clusters is somewhat scarce.

The biggest black holes prevent star creation

Scientists using the Herschel Space Observatory have discovered that galaxies with the most powerful, active black holes at their heart produce fewer stars.

Ancient galaxy seen creating two stars a week

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have discovered that one of the most distant galaxies known is churning out stars at the rate of 100 per year.

Tiny brown dwarf found floating free in space

Astronomers have found a 'failed star', or brown dwarf, only six times the size of Jupiter, along with two dozen others that float free in space.

Fewer stars form as galaxies run out of gas

Galaxies are running out of the basic building blocks of stars. The universe is forming fewer stars than it used to, and an Australian research team says the reason is a shortage of molecular hydrogen.

Massive black hole challenges conventional theories

Astronomers have been astonished to find a supermassive black hole in the center of a tiny low-mass galaxy, suggesting that such black holes can form before their host galaxies.

Astronomers catch moment of star's birth

What could be the youngest known star has been photographed in the earliest stages of being born.

Herschel captures the birth of a giant star

ESA's Herschel telescope has snapped an embryonic star likely to turn into one of the biggest and brightest in our galaxy within the next few hundred thousand years.

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.

Early galaxy had 'teenage growth spurt'

A massive galaxy in the early universe created stars up to 100 times faster than the modern-day Milky Way, say astronomers.