VLT

Incredible! Astronomers see a Moon-Forming Disk Around a Newly Forming Planet

Planetary formation is a complicated, multilayered process.  Even with the influx of data on exoplanets, there are still only two…

1 week ago

Rare Triple Galaxy Merger With at Least Two Supermassive Black Holes

One of the best things about that universe is that there is so much to it.  If you look hard…

2 months ago

Massive Binary Stars Huddle Up Surprisingly Quickly

Dancing is a favorite pastime of many couples.  Swinging around a dance floor, using the laws of physics to twirl…

6 months ago

Those are Exoplanets. You’re Looking at Actual Exoplanets 63 Light-Years Away!

By combining two exoplanet detection methods for the first time ever, the GRAVITY collaboration has confirmed the existence of a…

10 months ago

Wow! An Actual Picture of Multiple Planets Orbiting a Sunlike Star

We've detected thousands of exoplanets, but for the most part, nobody's ever seen them. They're really just data, and graphs…

1 year ago

A Giant Galaxy Seen Lighting Up the Universe Shortly After the Big Bang

The discovery of a bright galaxy that existed 13 billion years ago is shedding light on a period known own…

1 year ago

A 2nd Planet has been Confirmed for Proxima Centauri

Our closest stellar neighbour is Proxima Centauri, a small red dwarf star about 4.2 light years away from us. It's…

1 year ago

Astronomers Can Actually See the Clouds and Weather on Brown Dwarf 6.5 Light-Years Away

Brown dwarfs are in a tough spot. Not quite a star, not quite a planet, they occupy a place between…

1 year ago

A Star is Orbiting the Milky Way’s Black Hole and Moving Exactly How Einstein Predicted it Should

After almost 30 years of observing a star that orbits the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy,…

1 year ago

Astronomers Might Have Imaged a Second Planet Around Nearby Proxima Centauri – and it Might Have a Huge Set of Rings

A new study by a team using data from the Very Large Telescope's SPHERE instrument, may have caught a direct…

1 year ago