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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...