Bulging with a galaxy’s data
Astronomers get to the heart of the Milky Way.
More than 250 million stars in the bulge at the heart of the Milky Way have been surveyed in near-ultraviolet, optica...
It’s confirmed. There is water on the Moon
Flying telescope detects unique spectral signature.
US researchers have presented the first unambiguous evidence of molecular water on the Moon – and it could be more ab...
SpaceWrap: Showtime for OSIRIS-REx
Plus more about the Moon, Betelgeuse and GCs.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is ready for business. When it descends toward the surface of Bennu next Tuesday, it wil...
How frosty ice forms on Pluto’s mountains
Forget what you know about snowfall on Earth.
Frosty deposits of methane ice on the mountaintops of Pluto form by a process very different from that by which snow ...
Astronomers report two new space oddities
Death by spaghettification and a stellar peacock.
Astronomers have described not one but two rather rare sights in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societ...
The complex history of asteroid Bennu
OSIRIS-REx sends back enough data for six studies.
The more scientists learn about near-Earth asteroid Bennu, now being orbited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, the mor...
Shedding new light on star formation
The missing ingredients were heavy metals.
Australian astronomers have developed a new model to study the birth of stars, spanning cosmic time from the beginnin...
Panoramic view of the northern sky
TESS mosaic made possible by a year of work.
NASA has released a new panorama of the northern sky, courtesy of its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). T...
The dynamic world of Titan’s lakes
Study shows they can stratify like those on Earth.
Lakes on Saturn’s giant moon Titan can stratify and overturn, scientists say, much like lakes on Earth. They may also...
SpaceWatch: Tales of matter and diamonds
Quantity, luminosity, cause and consequence.
The matter of the Universe? Astronomers in the US say they have precisely measured the total amount of matter in t...
Galaxies trapped in web of a giant black hole
Structure may explain how it got so big so quickly.
Astronomers have detected six galaxies lying around a supermassive black hole when the Universe was less than a billi...
An exoplanet that goes to extremes
CHEOPS sends back data on a hot gas giant.
European astronomers are taking a close look at one of the hottest known exoplanets. Initial measurements made by ...