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A New Instrument Is Actively Searching For More Planets Around Alpha...

Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to us, at 4.37 light-years (about 25 trillion miles) away. In 2016, astronomers discovered an exoplanet orbiting...

This Is What It Looks Like When Galaxies Are About to...

The beginning of the end of our galaxy is just a few billion years away. That's when the glittering disk of the Milky Way...

Westerlund-1: A star cluster full of monsters

In 1961, the Swedish astronomer Bengt Westerlund was taking photographic plates of the sky near or on the plane of the Milky Way -...

The Sun Could Unleash a Massive ‘Superflare’ in The Next 100...

It was the year 2000 and scientists had never seen anything like it: astronomers reported evidence of "superflares" on distant stars - solar outbursts...

Our Galaxy Has a Shocking Array of Really Strange Stars. Here’s...

You know how stars do. They're out there, doing their thing, fusing a whole bunch of hydrogen into helium, shining up the joint.But some...

Space Photos of the Week: X-rays, Binary Stars, and Mars Moles

Exploring space seems like it's all fun and games, until something goes wrong. Let's start nearby on Mars, where the InSight lander has gotten...

New Campaign Is Asking Every Country on Earth to Name Distant...

A new campaign headed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) called IAU100 NameExoWorlds will allow each country in the world to name a star...

A weird star just rapidly dimmed for a few days and...

NASA, ESA, and T. Brown (STScI)For at least five years, a distant star has been calm and constant. Then, it suddenly went dim. Over...

Astronomers Just Solved The Bizarre Mystery of a Galaxy With No...

A huge discovery that was incompatible with our current theories of dark matter and galaxy formation may have just been resolved.After a new analysis,...

Astronomers Detect Extremely Rare ‘Undead’ Star, Born in a Fantastical Collision

Death, for stars, isn't always a straightforward affair. In fact, it can get downright weird. Astronomers have just identified a star made from the...