ALMA, the largest telescope array in the world, took a look at the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, and revealed the cosmic history of star formation.
Astronomers have found a unique trait of spiral arms that supports a longstanding idea about where these patterns come from.
Living in voids might be tangentially responsible for three small galaxies’ recent flurries of starbirth.
Undergraduate students in Japan stumbled upon a rare lensing of two distinct background galaxies.
Astronomers take a second look at UGC 1382 — previously considered a typical elliptical galaxy — and reassess everything they know about its size, age, and formation.
In its first — and final — month of flight, the Hitomi X-ray observatory measured the calm within the bubbling core of the Perseus Cluster.
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.
Astronomers discover a vast collection of young galaxies from the early universe.
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.
Astronomers using the ALMA array of radio dishes have detected a dwarf galaxy 4 billion light-years away by the pull of its dark matter.
Astronomers studying the infrared glow that pervades the universe have pinned down its source: dusty, faint, and faraway galaxies.
Astronomers have identified 53 “super spirals” — spiral galaxies that are huge and incredibly luminous — as part of a project exploring archived observations.
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have measured a precise distance to a galaxy dwelling in the cosmic dawn.
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.
The massive Smith Cloud falling toward our galaxy’s disk is likely from our galaxy, not a visitor.
Ripples found in the Milky Way’s disk reveal our galaxy survived an ancient hit-and-run. Now, astronomers might have caught the culprit.
A new technique lets astronomers measure nearly invisible clouds of hydrogen gas from across the universe.
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.
Hubble observations confirm that much of the light that broke up the early universe’s hydrogen came from the smallest galaxies.
Some of the universe’s most luminous galaxies are also the most mysterious. New simulations shed light on how these galaxies formed.
Astronomers have discovered that one galaxy of a nearby double-galaxy system has a giant, star-studded ring.
As the IAU General Assembly in Hawaii'i draws to a close, the results were still coming in: a new bevy of dwarf galaxies discovered around the Milky Way, the celebration of the first Dark-Sky Sanctuary, and a new directly imaged exoplanet to boot.
Recent headlines proclaim that the universe is dying, but we’ve actually known that for decades. Here’s what’s really interesting about recent research on the nearby universe.