Outer Space

Like a huge spiral, the Milky Way floats in space.  (Image: via   Troy Oakes  )

All You Need to Know About the Milky Way

For thousands of years, people have been puzzling over the milky strip that extends across the entire firmament. In the modern era, Galileo Galilei discovered that this Milky Way consists of countless stars. However, it was not until the 20th…

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All You Need to Know About the Milky Way

For thousands of years, people have been puzzling over the milky strip that extends across the entire firmament. In the modern era, Galileo Galilei discovered that this Milky Way consists…

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‘Red Nuggets’ Are Galactic Gold for Astronomers

About a decade ago, astronomers discovered a population of small, but massive galaxies called “red nuggets.” A new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that black holes have squelched…

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Distant Moons May Harbor Life

We’ve all heard about the search for life on other planets, but what about looking on other moons? UCR researchers have identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons.

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The Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies

Capitalizing on the unparalleled sharpness and spectral range of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.…

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Could a Multiverse Be Hospitable to Life?

A Multiverse — where our Universe is only one of many — might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research. Questions about whether other…

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Hubble Captures Most Distant Star Ever Seen

While astronomers routinely study galaxies much farther away, they’re visible only because they glow with the brightness of billions of stars. And a supernova, often brighter than the galaxy in…

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Dark Matter May Not Be Interactive After All

Astronomers are back in the dark about what dark matter might be, after new observations showed the mysterious substance may not be interacting with forces other than gravity after all.…