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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 ...

WATCH LIVE: A Mountaintop Needs To Blow Up To Make Room For New Telescope

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.19.2014 | Science

An astronomy organization will blast away the top of a mountain to make room for a giant telescope today (June 19), and you can watch the blast live ...

LOOK: New Planet-Hunter Spots The 'Eye Of Sauron'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.05.2014 | Science

An astronomical camera's "first light" is kind of a big deal. It's when a new imaging instrument "opens its eyes" and snaps its very first images ...

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...

Rare Star Helps Solve Big Mystery About Our Sun

Space.com | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 08.28.2013 | Science

Astronomers have found a twin star to Earth's own sun, only much older. The rare star is the oldest known "solar twin," and offers a peek at what Ear...

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...

Distant Galaxy's Secret Feeding Habits Revealed

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science

If galaxies were only limited to the amount of gas they formed with, they would quickly burn through their entire supply by making stars. Astronomers...

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...

Southern Observatory Snaps Image Of Never-Before-Seen Planet

Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 06/03/2013 09:17 AM EDT on SPACE.com A newly discovered gaseous planet has been directly photographed orbiting a star...

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...

LOOK: Amazing Thing Scientists Found In This Spiral Galaxy

Posted 08.01.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 08/01/2012 10:59 AM EDT on SPACE.com A scintillating spiral galaxy that played host to two supernova explosions i...

'Vampire Star' Study Yields Major Surprise

Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 07/26/2012 02:08 PM EDT on SPACE.com A surprising number of massive stars in our Milky Way galaxy are part of close s...

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...

Study Sheds New Light On Universe's First Stars

AP | By ALICIA CHANG | Posted 06.27.2011 | Technology

LOS ANGELES -- The first stars that dotted the universe were not only immense, but probably also fast-spinning, according to a new study that sheds li...