galaxies

Galaxies Aren’t Just Stars. They’re Intricate Networks of Gas and Dust

Astronomers have studied the star formation process for decades. As we get more and more capable telescopes, the intricate details…

1 year ago

According to Simulations, the Milky Way is One in a Million

Humanity is in a back-and-forth relationship with nature. First, we thought we were at the center of everything, with the…

1 year ago

Dust is Hiding how Powerful Quasars Really are

A new study has found that Active Galactic Nuclei are much brighter and similar to one another than previously thought.

1 year ago

You’re Looking at a Map of the Milky Way’s Magnetic Field

Using telescopes that study the sky in the microwave part of the electromagnetic spectrum, astronomers have successfully mapped the structure…

2 years ago

New JWST Image Shows That Grand Spiral Galaxies had Already Formed 11 Billion Years ago

For the first time this week, photos from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) revealed that stellar bars were present…

2 years ago

New Measurements of Galaxy Rotation Lean Towards Modified Gravity as an Explanation for Dark Matter

Although dark matter is a central part of the standard cosmological model, it's not without its issues. There continue to…

2 years ago

Is the Milky Way… Normal?

Studying the large-scale structure of our galaxy isn’t easy. We don’t have a clear view of the Milky Way's shape…

2 years ago

A Star was Blocking a Galaxy, but Now it’s Moved Enough That Astronomers can Finally Examine What it Was Hiding

One of the biggest puzzles in astronomy, and one of the hardest ones to solve, concerns the formation and evolution…

2 years ago

Gaze Slack-jawed at the Haunting Beauty of Galaxy NGC 1566, Captured by JWST, Processed by Judy Schmidt

Here's an absolutely stunning new view from the James Webb Space Telescope of a dusty spiral galaxy, NGC 1566. Amateur…

2 years ago

The Perfect Tidal Tail Connects These two Galaxies Seen by Hubble

Sometimes it's tempting to imagine a supernatural hand behind the arrangement of celestial bodies. But the Universe is big, huge…

2 years ago