New and detailed atlas of the skies
Telescope maps three million galaxies in 300 hours.
A new radio telescope in outback Western Australia has just created an atlas of the southern sky in record-breaking t...
Was Earth once a bit more like Venus?
Researchers create magma to model our old atmosphere.
The degassing of early Earth’s magma ocean may have produced an atmosphere similar to that found on Venus today – ric...
Zooming in on space
Lots of pixels and our second minimoon.
When trying to find things in space, it helps to have technology on your side. And the technology keeps getting bette...
‘Fossil galaxy’ found deep in the Milky Way
Astronomers suggest they collided when our galaxy was young.
Astronomers say they have discovered a “fossil galaxy” hidden in the depths of the Milky Way that may alter thinking ...
Shadows in space?
Hubble gets down and dusty with IC 5063.
This Hubble Space Telescope image of the heart of the active galaxy IC 5063, 156 million light-years from Earth, reve...
It’s blue, but it’s not actually a ring
Scientists solve a 16-year-old cosmic mystery.
The so-called Blue Ring Nebula, which has perplexed astronomers for a decade and a half, appears to be the youngest k...
Rethinking the Milky Way’s evolution
Telescopes combine to reveal orbits of ancient stars.
An investigation into the odd orbits of the galaxy’s oldest stars may prompt astronomers to rethink how the Milky Way...
Colour and movement in the skies above
A cosmic amethyst and the Perseus Cluster.
You can’t beat space for great snapshots, and here we present not one but four new ones. Above is what could be ca...
Astronomers detect rare kilonova explosion
They’re fast, furious, unusual and truly impressive.
Astronomers studying short-lived gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) have detected a rare kilonova explosion in which two neutron...
Important discovery of a cold brown dwarf
Astronomers achieve a first using radio observations.
Astronomers have reported the first direct discovery of a cold brown dwarf from its radio wavelength emission. It...
Jupiter’s moon Europa may glow in the dark
An exciting destination just got more intriguing.
In news that is sure to delight every kid with stickers of stars and planets on their ceiling, planetary scientists h...
Lady Stardust was a star of astrophysics
Margaret Burbidge found her calling early.
Margaret Burbidge, named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as “one of the most influe...