Astronomers Invent New Telescope by Tying Telephoto Lenses Together

A team of Yale astronomers got a little crafty recently. In an attempt to see parts of space that their big fancy telescopes weren't showing them, they tied eight telephoto lenses together to create their own little homemade array. And then, thanks to their new invention, they quickly discovered seven new galaxies. » 7/14/14 11:27am 7/14/14 11:27am

Science Just Made the Most Massive, In-Depth Universe Simulation Ever

Ever wanted to see what our universe looked like moments after the Big Bang? Good luck—it would take your desktop computer more than 2,000 years to complete. Luckily, researchers just published findings from the first ultra-realistic simulation of our universe's growth. And it covers 13 billion years. » 5/07/14 5:20pm 5/07/14 5:20pm

These Stars May Look Mellow But They're Resisting A Huge Black Hole

Nothing is ever as tranquil as it seems. This image is pretty and has lots of fun, trippy colors. But all of that variation is being produced by gas, dust and other matter as whole galaxies fall into a supermassive black hole. Created from Hubble data, the image shows the cosmic tug-of-war going on in the Perseus… » 10/13/13 4:53pm 10/13/13 4:53pm

Millions Of Stars In Motion Make Glorious Intergalactic Collisions

Collisions happen on different scales. Particles collide. Squirrels accidentally run into each other. Rams butt heads. Tectonic plates shift against each other. There's a lot going on. But in this photo a dwarf galaxy and spiral galaxy are smooshing into each other. And galaxies are kind of huge. » 8/18/13 6:55pm 8/18/13 6:55pm

Dive Right Into the Largest Ever Image of Our Galaxy's Centre

You are looking at more than 84 million stars, the largest ever catalogue of the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers at the Paranal Observatory in Cerro Paranal, Chile, stitched the 9 gigapixels of the original image from thousands of individual infrared pictures.You can see the full, zoomable version here » 10/24/12 7:58am 10/24/12 7:58am