Astronomers Discover Most Distant Star ‘Icarus’ In Rare Cosmic Alignment

We’ve got a new distance record! Hubble has gazed across 9 billion light years and spotted the most distant star ever seen. Nicknamed Icarus, it’s a massive blue supergiant but so faint that even the biggest telescopes would never have detected it were it not for a lucky accident. A massive foreground galaxy cluster happens…
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See-Through Galaxy Has Almost No Dark Matter — What’s Going On?

An international team of researchers have uncovered an amazing new creature in the cosmic zoo — a galaxy relatively close to the Milky Way that’s missing most if not all of its dark matter. The discovery, which appeared on March 28 in the journal Nature, has quickly gotten astronomers’ attention. Current theory requires dark matter…
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Behold Hubble’s Cosmic Snake!

If you can’t wrap your head around every aspect of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, that’s understandable. Neither can I. But when it comes to massive objects warping the fabric of space — one of its more dramatic predictions — the Hubble Space Telescope help us make sense of this bizarre phenomenon. Hubble recently captured a…
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David Vs. Goliath — Galactic Struggle Leads To Transformation

Relationships change everyone involved in subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways. These two very different galaxies, the large barred spiral NGC 1512 and its tiny companion, the dwarf galaxy, NGC 1510, might look like separate entities, but it just ain’t so.  NGC 1512 is classified as a barred spiral because of the large bar of stars, gas and dust slicing…
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Ancient Dust In Remote Galaxy Ties Us To Our Cosmic Beginnings

To make planets and people you need dust. That’s what we’re made of. Dust. But mixed and tended in ways so remarkable our bodies give that dust passion and voice. Dust comes from aging and exploding stars. Supernovae are the most spectacular but not the only dust-makers. As stars like our sun age, they puff…
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