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New Photo Shows Medusa Nebula Is Way Prettier Than Its Namesake

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.21.2015 | Science

Way out in space, some 1,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Gemini, lies the Medusa Nebula--so named because its glowing snakelike filame...

Big Telescope Gives Best-Ever 3D View Of Deep Space

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 03.03.2015 | Science

Along with Earthrise and the Pillars of Creation, the Hubble Deep Field (HDF) photo of 1995 is one of astronomy's most iconic photos. But if you w...

Telescope Spies 'God's Hand' In Space

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.31.2015 | Science

Some astronomers call it "God’s Hand." Others say it looks like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature. Featured in a new image taken ...

SOLVED? Massive Magnetic Star Mystery

| Ken Croswell | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science

Astronomers have figured out how to make the universe’s most powerful magnet. All you need is two massive stars orbiting close to each other so tha...

WATCH: Cosmic Scorpion Sports Dazzling Bling

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

Brilliant stars shine like dusty diamonds in the tail of a cosmic scorpion in a dazzling new image and video captured by a telescope in Chile. The n...

WATCH: Asteroid's Strange Interior Glimpsed For First Time Ever

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

The innards of an asteroid have been measured for the first time. Scientists using a European Southern Observatory telescope have made precise measu...

LOOK: Nebula Bears Remarkable Resemblance To Household Object

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 10.13.2013 | Science

A telescope in Chile has snapped striking new images of an ethereal nebula 1,200 light-years from Earth with a rarely seen structure and a curious res...

Astronomers Expected To Announce Major Discovery

Space.com | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science

Astronomers working with the Very Large Telescope in Chile plan to announce a "major result" Wednesday (Aug. 28). The finding relates to research on ...

WOW: Shimmering Odd Couple Spied By Southern Telescope

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 08.08.2013 | Science

An incredible new photo taken by a telescope in the Southern Hemisphere captures an odd couple shimmering beautifully in a star-forming region of a n...

PHOTO: Galaxy Goes From Starburst To 'Star Bust'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.26.2013 | Science

Sometimes science can be beautiful. Just take a look at this image released by the huge new ALMA telescope in Chile. It reveals enormous gobs of cold,...

Ginormous Black Hole Has Dusty Surprise

Space.com | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 06.21.2013 | Science

The most detailed observations to date of the material surrounding a gigantic black hole have surprised scientists, who say what they see conflicts w...

New Telescope To Get Unprecedented Glimpse Of Star Birth

Posted 03.13.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 03/12/2013 10:04 AM EDT on SPACE.com The world's most powerful radio telescope will pull back the curtain on the d...

LOOK: Cosmic 'Seagull' Has 100 Light-Year Wingspan

Posted 02.07.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 02/07/2013 07:52 AM EST on SPACE.com Eye-popping new images from a telescope in Chile reveal a new look at the Seagul...

Huge Telescope's New Robot Gives Glimpse Of Galaxies' Early Lives

Posted 12.12.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 12/12/2012 07:11 AM EST on SPACE.com A high-tech robotic instrument on the Very Large Telescope in Chile has seen i...

WOW: Dark Heart Of Distant Galaxy Dazzles In Hi-Def Illustration

Posted 07.18.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/18/2012 10:55 AM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists using three telescopes spaced thousands of miles apart have caugh...

World's Biggest Telescope To Be Built Atop Mountain

Posted 06.13.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 06/12/2012 03:04 PM EDT on SPACE.com A European project to build the largest optical telescope on Earth took a bi...

WATCH: Baby Stars Hide In Huge 'Tentacle' In Space

Posted 02.15.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 02/15/2012 10:45 AM EST on SPACE.com A European telescope has spotted a vast tendril of cosmic dust reaching acr...

Colossal Telescope Will Be 15 Times Larger Than Next Biggest

Posted 01.04.2012 | Science

What do you call a telescope with a 32-foot mirror that cost €130 million to build? A pipsqueak. At least that's what the massive Gran Telescopio Ca...

PHOTO: Gorgeous New Picture Of The Omega Nebula Released

Posted 01.04.2012 | Science

Most of the time, astronomers hog all the breathtaking cosmic beauty in the universe for themselves. It doesn't seem fair. So we were glad to hear tha...

WATCH: Black Hole To Devour Huge Gas Cloud

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 12.18.2011 | Technology

A huge gas cloud in space is about to meet its end at the hands of a massive black hole at the center of our galaxy. According to the European Sout...

Spectacular Video Reveals Splendor Of Chile's Night Sky

Posted 08.01.2011 | World

Shot by two astronomers, a new time-lapse video reveals the star-studded glory of the Chilean night sky. The European Southern Observatory, which ...

Experts Spot New 5-Planet Solar System Orbiting A Sun-Like Star

AP | RAPHAEL G. SATTER and FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

GENEVA — Scientists say they've identified a sun-like star with as many as seven different planets – including one that might be the small...

Milky Way's Most Massive Star Discovered (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Amanda Ng | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Milky Way galaxy's most massive star has been spotted in a "glowing stellar nursery" in space. The picture (see below) of the massive Milky Way...