Spectral observations by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal that the dwarf planet’s mysterious beacon is made of salt.
Astronomers may have solved the case of the Milky Way’s missing satellite galaxies. The solution? The galaxies never existed.
Astronomers have detected three cold gas clumps falling toward a galaxy's center — at odds with the prevailing idea for how black holes grow.
A galaxy in the midst of a merger isn’t forming stars, even though it could. Astronomers think the galaxy’s central black hole might be the reason why.
Watch a million stars age in these prize-winning simulations of globular clusters. The simulations track the stars' movements and evolution over 12 billion years.
Scientists might have found the source of an incredibly energetic particle that bored into the Antarctic ice sheet.
NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope might have detected a burst from the same merging black holes that emitted the gravitational waves LIGO detected.
Planetary scientists have increasing reasons to think that some of the ringed giant’s moons are only 100 million years old.
By tracking deviations in spacecraft orbits, planetary scientists have created a high-resolution map of the Red Planet's gravitational pull.
Astronomers have identified 53 “super spirals” — spiral galaxies that are huge and incredibly luminous — as part of a project exploring archived observations.
A burst pipe flooded Harvard College’s Observatory Hill, submerging thousands of historic photographic plates underwater. Recovery is now under way.
Professional and amateur astronomers working together have found a young exoplanet in the Hyades star cluster. The planet is weirdly large, given its host star.
Astronomers have detected hundreds of galaxies lying hidden behind the Milky Way's disk, many of which belong to the so-called Great Attractor, or Norma Supercluster.
How much galaxy clusters huddle together depends in part on how fast these clusters formed — and that formation rate depends on dark matter.
The massive Smith Cloud falling toward our galaxy’s disk is likely from our galaxy, not a visitor.
Astronomers have confirmed that strong magnetic fields are frozen in place deep inside aging stars called red giants.
Astronomers looking for clones of a massive and famously unstable star in the Southern Hemisphere sky have found five in other galaxies.
Scientists and engineers gathered together to figure out what would make a good Martian landing site and what hurdles they’ll have to overcome for a 2035 launch.
Infrared observations by the Hubble Space Telescope reveal jets from forming stars.
Astronomers have detected magnetic fields writhing around the Milky Way's central black hole.
Astronomers have caught a giant elliptical galaxy “shimmering” as its stars pulsate.
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered that almost all of the highest energy photons in the Large Magellanic Cloud come from two pulsars.
NASA’s Mars orbiter MAVEN has painted a detailed picture of how the solar wind robs the Red Planet of its atmosphere.
X-ray observations suggest that flares happen when a black hole's "atmosphere" contracts and launches away from it.
Hubble observations confirm that much of the light that broke up the early universe’s hydrogen came from the smallest galaxies.