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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...

Space Telescope Helps Solve Mystery Of Massive 'Burnouts'

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.09.2014 | Science

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories, astronomers are learning why some massive galaxies hit their peak young and quit...

After Three Decades, 'Baby Milky Way' Finally Shows Its Face

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science

Astronomers have gotten their first clear look at a galaxy in the very early universe that could have evolved into a structure somewhat like the Milk...

Exactly How Big Is The Universe? Now We Know

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — An ultraprecise new galaxy map is shedding light on the properties of dark energy, the mysterious force thought to be responsible for t...

Distant Galaxies Give Astronomers Big Surprise

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has peered back to a chaotic time 13. 2 billion years ago when never-before-seen galaxies were tiny, br...

Now Is the Time to See Jupiter!

David J. Eicher | Posted 03.05.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

Jupiter is at maximum brilliancy, reflecting the greatest amount of sunlight straight back to us, and it's also visible all night, rising at sunset and setting at sunrise.

Hubble Gives First-Ever Glimpse Of Our Galaxy's Distant Past

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science

Astronomers have pieced together a detailed picture of how our Milky Way galaxy came together, using Hubble Space Telescope photos of 400 similar ga...

WATCH: New Animation Reveals 'Nut' At Galaxy's Core

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 10.01.2013 | Science

The best 3D map yet of the center of the Milky Way galaxy has revealed a tasty surprise: the heart of our galaxy looks like a cosmic peanut. Two in...

Space Telescope Spies Huge Trove Of Monster Black Holes

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science

A powerful NASA space telescope has found not one, but 10 monster black holes lurking in the hearts of distant galaxies — the first major finds fo...

'Cannibal' Monster Galaxies Lose Appetite

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 08.17.2013 | Science

At the core of most galaxy clusters in our universe, there are cosmic cannibals — monster galaxies that gobble up their neighbors to grow bigger and...