Things you can tell from Fermi bubbles
Two teams track a massive galactic explosion.
Faint clouds of gas tens of thousands of light-years above the disc of the Milky Way galaxy are revealing evidence of...
AI and Gaia help identify 2000 young stars
Scientists hope to find clues to galaxy’s origins.
European scientists say an artificial intelligence system analysing data from the Gaia space telescope has identified...
Did Mars have rings? Will it again?
Moons tell a complicated family story.
Scientists studying the orbits of Mars’ moons have found evidence the Red Planet may once have had rings — and may so...
The theory of how black holes grow
New model aims to predict accretion or merger.
Astrophysicists in the US have developed a theoretical model for black holes to predict if growth by gas accretion or...
Hot stars plagued by giant magnetic spots
They’re like sunspots but not, new data suggest.
Astronomers have found what they describe as “a plague of magnetic spots” on the surface of extremely hot stars hidde...
Cosmic bursts find all that missing matter
Mysterious explosions help solve a longstanding mystery.
Astronomers have used fast radio bursts to finally detect all of the missing “normal” matter in the vast space betwee...
A 'cosmic ring of fire' of 11 billion years ago
Astronomers say rare galaxy will shake up a few theories.
Astronomers have observed a rare galaxy type as it existed 11 billion years ago, and this, they say, is likely to sha...
Close encounters likely spawned stellar births
Astronomers reconsider the impact of Sagittarius.
New stars are likely to have been born in the Milky Way as a result of recurrent encounters with the Sagittarius dwar...
Early disc galaxy puts theories in a spin
It’s huge and distant, so how did it form?
Astronomers have found a massive rotating disc galaxy that formed just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, when the...
Astronomers see signs of planet birth
On VLT’s new images, the twist marks the spot.
Astronomers have reported what could be the first direct evidence of a baby planet coming into existence. Around t...
A ‘decoder’ to gauge exoplanet climate
Colours may be clues to where we might live.
Astronomers from Cornell University in the US have developed what they call an environmental colour “decoder” to teas...
That’s not lava, it’s mud
European scientists unravel a Martian mystery.
Lava-like flows on Mars are more likely caused by mud than lava, according to a new study. A European team used th...