Miraculous Conception: Are Planets Forming Without Stars?
One of the most remarkable discoveries about exoplanets—planets that exist outside of our solar system—is that some of them...0
Three Years of SDO Images
SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The images...
Supergiant Star Betelgeuse to Crash Into Interstellar ‘Wall’
The red supergiant star Betelgeuse in the famed constellation Orion is on a collision course with a strange wall...
Magnetic ‘Braids’ May Cook the Sun’s Corona
Scientists have long puzzled over why the surface of the sun is cooler than its corona, the outer hazy...
Astronomers Measure Nearby Universe’s ‘Cosmic Fog’
Researchers from the Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet have carried out the first measurement of the intensity of the diffuse extragalactic background...
Mystery Cloud at Milky Way’s Center May Hold Clues to Star Birth
Near the crowded center of a mysteriously dense galactic cloud, where billowing clouds of gas and dust cloak a...
Data Confirms Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy
An international team of astronomers says analysis of NASA data on a distant stellar system has led them to...
‘Zombie’ Planet Shocks Scientists With Wild Orbit
The unbalanced orbit of a so-called “zombie planet” in a dusty star system has astronomers struggling to explain the...
Earth-Sized Alien Worlds Orbit One in Six Stars
Four years ago, NASA launched the Kepler space telescope in an attempt to learn just how common Earth-sized worlds...
100 Billion Alien Planets Fill Our Galaxy
Our Milky Way galaxy is home to at least 100 billion alien planets, and possibly many more, a new...