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Galaxies

A Giant Gas Cloud Is Coming Toward Us At 700,000 Miles Per Hour

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Science

An invisible cloud of gas is speeding toward our Milky Way galaxy at 700,000 miles per hour. But don't worry: It will take about 30 million years to ...

This Is What It Looks Like When 2 Galaxies Collide

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.17.2016 | Science

The Hubble Space Telescope has been responsible for some pretty spectacular photos since it was launched into space 25 years ago, but a new imag...

This Breathtaking Photo Shows Two Galaxies Merging Together

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.05.2016 | Science

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Super-Colossal Space Tail Is Way Bigger Than The Milky Way

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.23.2015 | Science

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Here's How Scientists Can Determine The Age Of A Galaxy

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science

Twinkle, twinkle little star. It turns out that the increasing and decreasing brightness of some stars might hold clues to their host galaxy's age, a...

The Earliest and Faintest Galaxies in the Universe

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 11.05.2015 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

A new research observation by an international team of astrophysicists using the Hubble Space Telescope has led to the discovery of the largest sample of the faintest, smallest, and earliest known galaxies in the Universe.

Check Out One Of Our Galactic Neighbors - The Sculptor Dwarf

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Science

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) are taking a new, up-close look at one of our most elusive neighbors: the Sculptor Dw...

'Wet' Galactic Collisions and Grandiose Star Formation

Mario De Leo Winkler | Posted 09.14.2015 | Science
Mario De Leo Winkler

In the observable universe, galaxies (the gravitational grouping of stars, dust, gas and dark matter) come in three main flavors: spirals, ellipticals and irregulars. Yet each flavor has its own distinguishing characteristic.

Astronomers Discover Most Distant Galaxy Yet

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science

A newly discovered galaxy, dubbed EGSY8p7, has set a far-flung record. The ancient galaxy is the most distant one humans have yet discovere...

When Two Galaxies Collide, Here's What Happens To Their Stars

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 07.13.2015 | Science

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Astronomers See Signs Of Universe's Earliest Stars

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Science

With help from giant telescopes on the ground and in space, astronomers have detected what may be some of the first stars ever to have formed in the u...

NASA Discovers Brightest Galaxy In The Universe Yet

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Science

Talk about brilliant! NASA says it has discovered the brightest galaxy ever seen--a super-distant collection of stars that shines with the intensi...

Bill Nye Talks Extraterrestrial Life: 'It's Gotta Exist'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.08.2015 | Science

When it comes to extraterrestrial life, Bill Nye is a true believer. In an interview with HuffPost Live on Thursday, Nye said that with so many ga...

Stunning Photo Reveals Galaxy 12 Billion Light-Years Away

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.08.2015 | Science

A brilliant "ring of fire" has been spotted in deep space, giving astronomers a rare glimpse of a galaxy 12 billion light-years away. The near-perf...

Astronomers Solve Long-Standing Cosmic Mystery

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that "we are made of star stuff" -- or, in other words, cosmic dust. But where all that dust came from, and how it survived...

David Freeman

The Milky Way May Be WAY Bigger Than We Thought

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Science

How big is the Milky Way? Way bigger than we thought, it seems. Surprising new research suggests that our home galaxy is about 50 percent bigger th...

Black Hole's Winds Carry The Energy Of More Than A Trillion Suns

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

If you think winter winds are fierce, get this: NASA says new measurements made by a pair of space telescopes show that the winds produced by a black ...

No Man's Land in the Cosmos

Seth Shostak | Posted 03.11.2015 | Science
Seth Shostak

There's plenty of real estate for extraterrestrial life, right? Well, maybe not.

Space Telescope Gets Sideways Look At Beautiful Galaxy

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Science

Galaxies fall into three broad categories: elliptical, spiral, and irregular. But some galaxies straddle categories--and that includes the one feature...

Lonely Little Galaxy Discovered By International Team Of Astronomers

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.23.2014 | Science

The Milky Way's neighborhood is a bit more crowded than we thought. Using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a Russian-American team of astro...

Merger Of Giant Stars May Bring Vast Explosion

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.11.2014 | Science

Twins can be close, and that goes for stars as well as people. In some cases, stars get so close that they merge--and new research by astronomers in S...

For First Time Ever, Astronomers Spy Vast 'Galactic Blowout'

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science

Talk about a big blowout! For the first time ever, a galaxy has been observed blasting out cold, dense gas in vast quantities and at mind-boggling...

Strange Galaxy Has Astronomers Scratching Their Heads

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Science

Spiral galaxies like our Milky Way (a barred spiral galaxy) are nothing special--in fact, they're the most common type of galaxy. But astronomers are ...

David Freeman

Here's Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science

There are a lot of stars out there--an estimated 70 billion trillion. With so many stars beaming their light our way, it seems only logical that the ...

WATCH: Milky Way Gets 'Cannibalized' By Nearby Galaxy

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.22.2014 | Science

Scientists have long known that the nearby galaxy Andromeda and our own Milky Way galaxy will collide in four to five billion years, but now a new com...