Using a telescope installed at the driest place on earth - Ridge A in Antarctica – a UNSW-led team of researchers has identified a giant gas cloud which appears to be in an early stage of formation. Giant clouds of molecular gas – the most massive objects in our galaxy – are the birthplaces of stars.
With a final, modest, thruster burn yesterday afternoon, ESA’s billion-star surveyor finalised its entry into orbit around ‘L2’, a virtual point far out in space. But how do you orbit nothing? And who can show you how to get there, anyway?
Astronomers are constantly on the hunt for ever-colder star-like bodies, and two years ago a new class of objects was discovered by researchers using NASA's WISE space telescope. However, until now no one has known exactly how cool their surfaces really are - some evidence suggested they could be room temperature.
A University of Washington astronomer is using Earth's interstellar neighbors to learn the nature of certain stars too far away to be directly measured or observed, and the planets they may host.
Astronomers have discovered a galaxy transforming gas into stars with almost 100 percent efficiency - a rare phase of galaxy evolution that is the most extreme yet observed.
Researchers at MIT, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of California at San Diego have peered so far back in time that they've found matter that pre-dates the creation of heavy elements.
The ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile recently captured a colorful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362.
NASA's Kepler mission has for the first time discovered multiple planets orbiting a pair of stars, showing it's possible for more than one planet to be formed and survive in such a chaotic environment.
Astronomers have identified an "extraordinary" galaxy cluster which scientists describe as one of largest objects in the universe.
Since the 2010 discovery of four stars 300 times as massive as our sun, astronomers have been scratching their heads over how they could have come to exist.
Admit it: you've always dreamed of living in a tree house.
A team of astronomers has discovered four pairs of stars that they thought couldn't exist, with the stars in each pair orbiting one another in less than four hours.
Relatively few galaxies are endowed with the sweeping, luminous spiral arms or brightly glowing center of our own Milky Way galaxy.
Our galaxy is still reverberating from a strike by a small galaxy or massive dark matter structure.
Astronomers believe they've solved the mystery of how dying stars disintegrate.
Most galaxies, including our own Milky Way, feature a supermassive black hole at their center weighing millions to billions of suns.
But how do those black holes grow so hefty?
Messier 9 can best be described as a globular cluster, a roughly spherical swarm of stars that lies approximately 25,000 light-years from Earth.
The numerous faint stars that comprise the Antlia Dwarf galaxy - first discovered in 1997 - are more than four million light-years from Earth.
The vast majority of stars in our Milky Way galaxy have at least one planet orbiting them, astronomers have concluded - and lots of these could be comparatively Earth-like.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has identified 18 "tiny" galaxies which existed 9 billion years ago and are brimming with star birth.