After years of thinking the iconic binary superstar Eta Carinae was unique, astronomers have found five possible twins in other galaxies. With more examples to study, it’s looking good we might someday understand why Eta Carinae exploded so beautifully in the 1840s.
NASA and the University of Zurich have announced the discovery of what are believed to be the darkest spots in the galaxy outside of a black hole's event horizon.
We talked to the Spitzer Space Telescope's visualization team about the challenges and rewards of rendering the mission's reams of non-visual data into something that catches the public eye.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has picked up on what seems to be evidence of two planets impacting and then exploding in a oh-dear-God-it's-like-the-Death-Stars-all-over-again-no-no-nooooooooooo way. The artist's animation of the event looks phenomenal, but sadly lacks any kablooey! sounds.