Astronomers Say They’ve Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

Astronomers Say They've Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

It’s a record that has been broken multiple times over the past two years alone, and one that we expect to see broken again soon. Astronomers using the newly operational James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have announced the discovery of what appears to be the most distant galaxy yet. If this sounds familiar, it’s already … Read more

Cosmic Buckyballs Could Be The Source of Mysterious Infrared Light

Cosmic Buckyballs Could Be The Source of Mysterious Infrared Light

Scientists may have just tracked down the source of some mysterious infrared glows detected emanating from stars and clouds of interstellar dust and gas. These Unidentified Infrared Emission (UIE) bands have baffled scientists for decades; according to a theoretical new work, at least some of these bands can be produced by highly ionized buckminsterfullerene, more … Read more

This Record-Breaking ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

This Record-Breaking 'Black Widow' Pulsar Is The Most Massive Neutron Star Yet

One of the most extreme stars in the Milky Way just got even more wack. Scientists have measured the mass of a neutron star named PSR J0952-0607, and found that it’s the most massive neutron star discovered yet, clocking in at a whopping 2.35 times the mass of the Sun. If true, this is very … Read more

This Runaway Star Is Zipping Through Space at Over 160,000 Kilometers Per Hour

This Runaway Star Is Zipping Through Space at Over 160,000 Kilometers Per Hour

Not all stars are happy to just hang around, orbiting the galactic center with all the other stars. Some stars go rogue, punted out across the Milky Way with significant force. These are the runaway stars, and we can trace their trajectories to understand violent events that can take place in the Universe. One such … Read more

This Stunning Image Shows a Star Like You Have Never Seen One Before

This Stunning Image Shows a Star Like You Have Never Seen One Before

It looks a bit like neon artwork from the ’80s. But what the image above really shows is much, much cooler. It’s a star, and the first light image captured by the newest instrument on the Gemini South telescope, the Gemini High-resolution Optical SpecTrograph, or GHOST. What it shows is the entire optical spectrum of … Read more

We Have a New Record For The Fastest Star Zooming Around a Supermassive Black Hole

We Have a New Record For The Fastest Star Zooming Around a Supermassive Black Hole

A newly discovered star is so close to our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole that it completes an orbit in just four years. That’s the shortest orbit yet for one of the stars looping around the Sagittarius A*. It’s an oval-shaped journey around the black hole that brings the star to orbital velocities over 2.5 … Read more

Feast Your Eyes on These Soothing Pics Shortlisted For Astro Photographer of The Year

Feast Your Eyes on These Soothing Pics Shortlisted For Astro Photographer of The Year

There’s a big, wide, wonderful, breathtaking Universe out there, beyond the bubble of life on Earth – although not much of it is visible to most of us, here on this pale blue dot. We look up; we may see stars, and galaxies, and the disk of the Milky Way, as specks and smears of … Read more

The Largest Star in The Milky Way Is Slowly Dying, And Astronomers Are Watching

The Largest Star in The Milky Way Is Slowly Dying, And Astronomers Are Watching

Three-dimensional models of astronomical objects can be ridiculously complex. They can range from black holes that light doesn’t even escape to the literal size of the Universe and everything in between. But not every object has received the attention needed to develop a complete model of it, but we can officially add another highly complex … Read more

Award-Winning Photo Captures The Grisly Spectacle of Starfish Swarming to Feed

Award-Winning Photo Captures The Grisly Spectacle of Starfish Swarming to Feed

An award-winning photographer has captured the somber moment when dozens of colorful starfish set about devouring a lifeless sea lion on the seafloor in California. Wildlife photographer David Slater captured the haunting photo in the shallow waters of Monterey Bay. The dead sea lion and its compatriots swimming in the background are most likely California … Read more

New Images Show The Dust in Nearby Galaxies, And You’ve Never Seen Them Like This

New Images Show The Dust in Nearby Galaxies, And You've Never Seen Them Like This

When we see pictures of galaxies outside the Milky Way, what we’re usually looking at is primarily the light of their stars. But stars are far from the only ingredient that makes up a galaxy. Think of stars as the chunks of vegetables in the galactic soup. The broth, then, in which they float, is … Read more