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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...

The Music of the Galaxies

Mario Livio | Posted 10.05.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

In spite of its limited scientific value as an illustration of galaxy evolution, Hubble's musical tuning fork continues to provide an almost poetic depiction of the beautifully rich cosmic treasure of galaxies. In this sense, it is the modern equivalent of the "music of the spheres" of antiquity.

Cosmic Crumbs Shed Light On 'Cannibal' Galaxy

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 07.02.2014 | Science

Astronomers are studying the feeding habits of a cosmic cannibal to learn how galaxies grow. If you point a telescope near the constellations of Le...

Huge Black Hole At Galaxy's Heart Is Behaving Very Oddly

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Science

Call it a severe case of gas--on a cosmic scale. Data from multiple space observatories show that gas is spewing at very high speed from the super...

How the Cosmos Teaches Humility to Social Media Show-offs.

Sourav Roy | Posted 08.13.2014 | Media
Sourav Roy

How effortlessly millions of worthless human 'points' have spawned that are nothing more than signboards of hollow egotistic display. So, where is that social element of social media, again? Or did I miss something?

WATCH: How Violent Collision Gave Nearby Galaxy Its Arms

natureheader | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 06.04.2014 | Science

The Andromeda galaxy got its peculiar ring-like spiral arms in a collision with a dwarf galaxy around 900 million years ago, a computer simulation sug...

'Clumping' Study Pokes Holes In Black Hole Theory

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science

Why are some black holes hidden behind space dust? That's a complicated question -- but one astronomers thought they had figured out. Now they're n...

Huge Galaxy Cluster Is WAY Bigger Than Once Thought

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science

The most massive galaxy cluster ever observed in the early universe is quite a bit bigger than astronomers had thought. New measurements by NASA's H...

New Data Suggest Theory About Black Holes Was All Wrong

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 03.30.2014 | Science

The gigantic black holes that lurk at the hearts of galaxies were apparently born big. The central black holes in dwarf galaxies — the "seeds" th...

WATCH: Fly Through The Galaxies In Your Own Virtual Spaceship

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science

Ever wondered what it might be like to soar through the galaxies? Wonder no more. A new animated video puts you inside a virtual spaceship for a b...

Elusive Black Hole Winds Much Stronger Than Once Thought

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Science

Black holes can blast their surroundings with much stronger winds than previously thought, scientists say. The discovery will help better model the ev...