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The discovery may help to explain the Great Attractor region, which appears to be drawing the Milky Way and hundreds of thousands of other galaxies towards it with a gravitational force equivalent to a million billion Suns.
Dwarf galaxies are considered building blocks of the giants, but the evidence for giants absorbing dwarfs has been largely circumstantial. Now we have caught a pair of galaxies in the act of a deadly embrace.
Mitchell joined Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard, Jr., in the lunar module Antares, which touched down February 5, 1971 in the Fra Mauro highlands.
The hills are likely miniature versions of the larger jumbled mountains on Sputnik Planum’s western border.
The excess of gamma rays from the center of the Milky Way probably originates from rapidly rotating neutron stars and not from dark matter annihilation as previously claimed.
Results confirm that more opaque areas in Saturn’s rings do not necessarily contain more material.
The Pictor A Galaxy contains a supermassive black hole at its center, and a huge amount of gravitational energy is released as material swirls toward the event horizon.
Groundhog Day is one of the four so-called cross-quarter days, which mark the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes.
Lifeforms taken from the most Mars-like place on Earth managed to survive the harsh conditions of space.
A new map shows exposed water ice to be considerably more widespread across Pluto’s surface than was previously known.
The key to reconstructing the giant impact was a chemical signature revealed in the rocks’ oxygen atoms.
Though hundreds of enormous high-velocity gas clouds whiz around the outskirts of our galaxy, this so-called "Smith Cloud" is unique because its trajectory is well known.
Globular clusters can somehow bear second or even third sets of thousands of sibling stars.
Sixteen telescopes from space and the ground revealed a gorging black hole in a galaxy 900 million light-years from Earth.
A new study suggests that the internal structure of a cluster is linked to the dark matter environment surrounding it.
Once thought to be a free-floating planet, astronomers have now discovered it orbits its star only once every 900,000 years.
For those willing to brave January’s cold, five planets will look spectacular before sunrise all week.
This new, brightest example of an ultra metal-poor star will help astronomers understand how the first stars in the universe lived and died.
New research suggests the existence of "primordial standard clocks,” in the form of heavy particles, which can be used to measure the passage of time at the universe's birth.
Invisible structures shaped like noodles, lasagna sheets, or hazelnuts could be floating around in our galaxy radically challenging our understanding of gas conditions in the Milky Way.