This is an artist’s impression of a supermassive black hole and its surrounding gas disk. There are two smaller black holes in this disc that circle each other. The researchers identified a light flare that is believed to come from such a binary pair shortly after they passed into a larger black hole.
This image from a video shows what happens when two objects of different mass fuse together and generate gravitational waves.
This is the impression of an artist who shows the detection of a repetitive rapid radio burst in blue, which is in orbit with an astrophysical object in pink.
Rapid bursts of radio waves that caused a sensation by leaving their host galaxy behind in a bright beam of radio waves helped to discover “missing matter”
A new type of explosion has been found in a tiny galaxy 500 million light years from Earth. This type of explosion is known as a fast blue optical transition.
Astronomers have discovered a rare type of galaxy called the “cosmic ring of fire”. This artist’s illustration shows the galaxy as it existed 11 billion years ago.
This is an artistic impression of the Wolfe Disk, a massive rotating disk galaxy in the early universe.
A bright yellow “turn” near the center of this picture shows where a planet may be forming around the AB Aurigae star. The picture was taken with the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory.
This artist’s illustration shows the orbits of two stars and an invisible black hole, 1,000 light-years from Earth. This system includes a star (small orbit in blue) orbiting a newly discovered black hole (orbit in red) and a third star in a wider orbit (also in blue).
This illustration shows the core of a star, known as a white dwarf, that is drawn into orbit around a black hole. During each orbit, the black hole tears more material from the star and pulls it into a glowing material disc around the black hole. Before it encountered the black hole, the star was a red giant in the final stages of star evolution.
This artist’s illustration shows the collision of two 125 miles wide icy, dusty bodies orbiting the bright star Fomalhaut, 25 light years away. Observing the consequences of this collision was once considered an exoplanet.
This is an artistic impression of the interstellar comet 2I / Borisov, which moves through our solar system. New observations revealed carbon monoxide in the comet’s tail as the sun heated the comet.
This rosette pattern is the orbit of a star named S2 around the super-massive black hole in the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
This is an artist’s impression of SN2016aps, which astronomers believe is the brightest supernova ever observed.
This is an artistic representation of a brown dwarf or a “failed star” and its magnetic field. The atmosphere and magnetic field of the brown dwarf rotate at different speeds, which allowed astronomers to determine the wind speed on the object.
This artist’s illustration shows a black hole of medium mass tearing into a star.
This is the artistic impression of a big star called HD74423 and its much smaller red dwarf companion in a binary star system. The big star seems to pulsate only on one side and is distorted into a teardrop shape by the attraction of its companion star.
This is the artistic impression of two white dwarfs that are in the process of merging. While astronomers expected this to cause a supernova, they found an instance of two white dwarf stars that survived the fusion.
A combination of space and ground telescopes has found evidence of the largest explosion in the universe. The explosion was caused by a black hole in the central galaxy of the Ophiuchus cluster that blew up jets and carved a large cavity into the surrounding hot gas.
The red supergiant star Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion has experienced an unprecedented darkening. This picture was taken in January with the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory.
This new ALMA image shows the result of a star battle: a complex and breathtaking gas environment that surrounds the binary star system HD101584.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has captured the Tarantula nebula in two wavelengths of infrared light. The red stands for hot gas, while the blue regions are interstellar dust.
A white dwarf on the left pulls material from a brown dwarf on the right, about 3,000 light years from Earth.
This image shows the orbits of the six G objects in the center of our galaxy, with the supermassive black hole marked with a white cross. Stars, gas and dust are in the background.
After stars have died, they eject their particles into space, which in turn form new stars. In one case, star dust was embedded in a meteorite that fell to Earth. This illustration shows that stardust could flow from sources such as the egg nebula to produce the grains obtained from the meteorite that landed in Australia.
The former North Star, Alpha Draconis or Thuban, is encircled in an image of the northern sky.
The galaxy UGC 2885, nicknamed “Godzilla Galaxy”, is possibly the largest in the local universe.
The host galaxy of a newly tracked, repetitive, fast radio burst that was recorded with the 8-meter Gemini North telescope.
The central region of the Milky Way was imaged with the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory.
This is an artistic representation of how MAMBO-9 would look in visible light. The galaxy is very dusty and still has to build most of its stars. The two components show that the galaxy is merging.
Astronomers have found a white dwarf star surrounded by a gas disk made up of a giant ice planet that is torn apart by gravity.
New measurements of the black hole at the center of the Holm 15A galaxy show that it is 40 billion times as massive as our Sun, making it the heaviest known black hole that can be measured directly.
On the left is a close-up of an interstellar comet flowing through our solar system. On the right, astronomers used an image of the earth for comparison.
The NGC 6240 galaxy has three super-massive black holes at its core.
Gamma ray explosions are shown in this artist’s illustration. They can be triggered by the collision or neutron stars or the explosion of a super massive star that falls into a black hole.
In the neighboring dwarf galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, two gaseous clouds were found that resemble peacocks. In these images of the ALMA telescopes, red and green mark molecular gas, while blue shows ionized hydrogen gas.
An artistic impression of the large black hole in the Milky Way that hurls a star from the center of the galaxy.
The Jack-o’-Lantern Nebula is on the edge of the Milky Way. The radiation from the massive star in the middle created creepy-looking gaps in the nebula that make it look like a carved pumpkin.
This new image from NASA / ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures two equally sized galaxies in a collision that resembles a ghostly face. This observation was made in visible light on June 19, 2019 by the telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys.
A new SPHERE / VLT image of Hygiea, the smallest dwarf planet in the solar system. As an object in the main asteroid belt, Hygiea immediately fulfills three of the four requirements in order to be classified as a dwarf planet: it orbits the sun, is not a moon and, unlike a planet, has not cleared its surroundings in orbit. The final requirement is that it have enough mass that its own gravity pulls it into an approximately spherical shape. This is what VLT observations have now revealed about Hygiea.
This is an artistic representation of what a massive galaxy from the early universe might look like. The rendering shows that the star formation in the galaxy illuminates the surrounding gas. Image by James Josephides / Swinburne Astronomy Productions, Christina Williams / University of Arizona and Ivo Labbe / Swinburne.
This is an artistic representation of the gas and dust disk around the star HD 163296. Gaps in the disk are probably the position of baby planets that are forming.
This is a two-tone composite image of Comet 2I / Borisov taken on September 10th by the Gemini North Telescope.
This picture shows a young, forming planet in a “child-safe” star system.
Using a simulation, astronomers illuminate the weak gaseous filaments that make up the cosmic network in a massive cluster of galaxies.
The Hubble Space Telescope’s wide-field camera observed Saturn in June when the planet was approaching Earth approximately 1.36 billion kilometers this year.
An artistic impression of the massive bursts of ionizing radiation that explode from the center of the Milky Way and hit the Magellanic Stream.
The Atacama Large Millimeter / Submillimeter Array captured this unprecedented image of two circumstellar disks in which baby stars grow and feed material from their surrounding birth disk.
This is an artist’s impression of what a neptune-sized moon would look like if it orbited the gas giant exoplanet Kepler-1625b in a star system 8,000 light-years from Earth. It could be the first exomoon ever discovered.
This infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows a gas and dust cloud full of bubbles that are inflated by massive young stars through wind and radiation. Each bubble is filled with hundreds to thousands of stars formed from dense clouds of gas and dust.
This is an artistic impression of the path of the rapid radio burst FRB 181112, which migrates to Earth from a distant host galaxy. On the way, it passed the halo of a galaxy.
After the star has come too close to a supermassive black hole in this artist’s conception, it is torn into a thin gas stream, which is then pulled back around the black hole and smashed into itself, creating a bright shock and expelling more hot material becomes.
Comparison of GJ 3512 with the solar system and other nearby red dwarf planetary systems. Planets around stars with solar mass can grow until they begin to accumulate gas and become giant planets like Jupiter in a few million years. However, we thought that small stars like Proxima, TRAPPIST-1, Teegarderns Stern and GJ 3512 could not form Jupiter mass planets.
A collision of three galaxies has crashed three super-massive black holes in a system a billion light years away from Earth.
2I / Borisov is the first interstellar comet observed in our solar system and only the second observed interstellar visitor to our solar system.
KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian’s Star or Tabby’s Star, is 1,000 light years away from us. It is 50% larger than our sun and 1,000 degrees hotter. And it’s not like any other star that dims and brightens sporadically. Dust around the star, shown here in an artist’s illustration, may be the most likely cause of his strange behavior.
This is an artist’s impression that the pulse of a massive neutron star is delayed by the passage of a white dwarf star between the neutron star and Earth. Because of this delay, astronomers have discovered the most massive neutron star to date.
The European Southern Observatory’s VISTA telescope has taken a stunning picture of the large Magellanic Cloud, one of our closest galactic neighbors. The telescope’s near infrared capability shows millions of individual stars.
Astronomers believe that comet C / 2019 Q4 could be the second known interstellar visitor to our solar system. It was first discovered on August 30 and imaged on September 10, 2019 by the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope on Hawaii’s Big Island.
A star named S0-2, depicted as a blue and green object in this artist’s illustration, came closest to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way in 2018. This was a test for Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
This is a radio image of the galactic center of the Milky Way. The radio bubbles discovered by MeerKAT extend vertically above and below the level of the galaxy.
A Kilanova was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2016, here next to the red arrow. Kilanovae are massive explosions that create heavy elements like gold and platinum.
This is an artist’s representation of a black hole trying to swallow a neutron star. Detectors signaled this possible event on August 14th.
This artist’s illustration shows LHS 3844b, a rocky exoplanet nearby. It is 1.3 times the mass of the earth and orbits a cool M dwarf star. The planet’s surface is likely dark and covered with chilled volcanic material, and there is no detectable atmosphere.
An artist’s concept of the explosion of a massive star in a dense star environment.
The Galaxy NGC 5866 is 44 million light years from Earth. It appears flat because we can only see its edge in this image taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a dazzling new portrait of Jupiter that shows its vivid colors and swirling cloud features in the atmosphere.
This is an artistic impression of the old massive and distant galaxies that were observed with ALMA.
Glowing gas clouds and newborn stars form the seagull nebula in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way.
An artist’s concept of what the first stars looked like shortly after the Big Bang.
The spiral galaxy NGC 2985 is located approximately 70 million light years from our solar system in the constellation Ursa Major.
At the beginning of the history of the universe, the Milky Way collided with a left dwarf galaxy, which contributed to the formation of the ring and structure of our galaxy as we know it today.
An artist’s illustration of a thin disk embedded in a supermassive black hole in the center of spiral galaxy NGC 3147, 130 million light years away.
Hubble captured this view of a spiral galaxy called NGC 972, which appears to be blooming with new star formation. The orange glow is created when hydrogen gas reacts to the intense light that flows out from nearby newborn stars.
This is jellyfish galaxy JO201.
The Eta Carinae star system, located 7,500 light-years from Earth, experienced a major explosion in 1838, and the Hubble Space Telescope is still sensing the consequences. This new ultraviolet image shows the warm glowing gas clouds that resemble fireworks.
‘Oumuamua, the first observed interstellar visitor to our solar system, is shown in an artist illustration.
This is an artistic representation of ancient supernovae that bombarded the earth with cosmic energy millions of years ago.
An artistic impression of CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder radio telescope, which finds a quick radio burst and determines its exact position.
The hot tub galaxy was captured in different light wavelengths. On the left is a picture with visible light. The next picture combines visible and infrared light, while the two on the right show different wavelengths of infrared light.
Electrically charged C60 molecules, in which 60 carbon atoms are arranged in a hollow sphere that resembles a soccer ball, were found by the Hubble space telescope in the interstellar medium between star systems.
These are enlarged galaxies behind large galaxy clusters. The pink halos reveal the gas that surrounds the distant galaxies and its structure. The gravitational lensing effect of the clusters multiplies the images of the galaxies.
This artist’s illustration shows a blue quasar in the center of a galaxy.
The NICER detector on the International Space Station recorded night-time X-ray data for 22 months to create this map of the entire sky.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured this mosaic of the star-forming regions of Cepheus C and Cepheus B.
The Galaxy NGC 4485 collided millions of years ago with its larger galactic neighbor, NGC 4490, which created new stars on the right side of the image.
Astronomers developed a mosaic of the distant universe called the Hubble Legacy Field that documents 16 years of observations with the Hubble Space Telescope. The image contains 200,000 galaxies spanning 13.3 billion years to just 500 million years after the Big Bang.
View of a ground-based telescope at the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring galaxy of our Milky Way. The slot was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and shows one of the star clusters in the galaxy.
The NGC 7027 nebula is one of the brightest planetary nebulae in the sky and was first discovered in 1878. It can be seen in the direction of the swan’s constellation.
The 6478 Gault asteroid can be seen with the NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope and shows two narrow, comet-like debris that tell us that the asteroid is slowly self-destructing. The light streaks that surround the asteroid are background stars. The Gault asteroid is located 214 million miles from the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
The ghostly shell in this picture is a supernova, and the glowing trail that leads away from it is a pulsar.
This cosmic bat hides in one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation and spreads its hazy wings in interstellar space two thousand light years away. It is illuminated by the young stars that are at its core – even though they are enveloped by opaque clouds of dust, their bright rays still illuminate the nebula.
In this figure, several dust rings orbit the sun. These rings form when the gravity of the planets pulls dust grains into orbit around the sun. Scientists recently discovered a dust ring in Mercury’s orbit. Others believe that the source of Venus’ dust ring is a group of coorbital asteroids never discovered before.
This is an artistic impression of globular clusters that surround the Milky Way.
An artist’s impression of life on a planet in orbit around a binary system, visible as two suns in the sky.
An artist’s illustration of one of the most distant objects in the solar system, 2018 VG18 – also known as “Farout”. The pink hue indicates the presence of ice. We still have no idea what “FarFarOut” looks like.
This is an artist’s concept of the tiny hippocamp of the moon discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope. Only 20 miles wide, it can actually be a broken fragment of a much larger neighboring moon, Proteus, seen as a crescent moon in the background.
In this illustration, an asteroid (bottom left) breaks apart under the force of gravity from LSPM J0207 + 3331, the oldest, coldest white dwarf known to be surrounded by a ring of dusty debris. Scientists believe that the system’s infrared signal can best be explained by two different rings made of dust provided by decaying asteroids.
An artistic impression of the warped and twisted Milky Way. This happens when the rotational forces of the massive center of the galaxy pull on the outer disk.
This 1.3 mile (0.8 mile) radius Kuiper belt object, discovered by researchers on the edge of the solar system, is believed to be the step between dust and ice balls and fully formed planets.
A selfie taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover on Vera Rubin Ridge before moving to a new location.
The Hubble Space Telescope found a dwarf galaxy that was hiding behind a large cluster of stars in our cosmic neighborhood. It is so old and flawless that researchers have called it a “living fossil” from the early universe.
How did massive black holes form in the early universe? The rotating gas disk of this halo made of dark matter disintegrates into three lumps that collapse under their own gravity and form supermassive stars. These stars will collapse quickly and form massive black holes.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured this image of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. Astrophysicists now believe that it could collide with our galaxy in two billion years.
A mysterious bright object in the sky called “The Cow” was captured in real time by telescopes around the world. Astronomers believe that this could be the birth of a black hole or neutron star or a new class of objects.
An illustration shows the discovery of a repetitive rapid burst of radio from a mysterious source that is 3 billion light years from Earth.
Comet 46P / Wirtanen will pass within 7 million miles of Earth on December 16. The ghostly green coma is the size of Jupiter, although the comet itself is about three-quarters of a mile in diameter.
This mosaic image of the asteroid Bennu consists of 12 PolyCam images, which were taken on December 2 by the space probe OSIRIS-REx from a distance of 24 km.
This image of a globular cluster from the Hubble Space Telescope is one of the oldest known star collections. The cluster, called NGC 6752, is more than 10 billion years old.
A picture by Apep taken with the VISIR camera on the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory. This “pinwheel” star system is most likely doomed to end in a long-lasting gamma-ray burst.
An artistic impression of the Abell 2597 galaxy, which shows the super-massive black hole that ejects cold molecular gas like the pump of a giant intergalactic well.
A picture of the Wild Duck Cluster, in which each star is approximately 250 million years old.
These images show the final stage of a union of pairs of galactic nuclei in the chaotic nuclei of colliding galaxies.
A radio image of hydrogen gas in the small Magellanic cloud. Astronomers believe that the dwarf galaxy is slowly dying and will eventually be consumed by the Milky Way.
Further evidence of a supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way has been found. This visualization uses data from simulations of orbital movements of gas swirling around 30% of the speed of light in a circular orbit around the black hole.
Does that look like a bat to you? This huge shadow comes from a bright star reflecting against the dusty disk surrounding it.
Hey Bennu! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the primitive asteroid Bennu sends images back as it approaches its December 3 goal.
These three panels show a supernova before, during and after 920 million light years from Earth (left to right). The supernova, called iPTF14gqr, is unusual because, although the star was massive, its explosion was quick and weak. Researchers believe that this is due to a companion star that has sucked off its mass.
An artistic illustration of Planet X that could shape the orbits of smaller, extremely distant objects in the outer solar system, such as 2015 TG387.
This is an artist’s concept of what SIMP J01365663 + 0933473 could look like. It has 12.7 times the mass of Jupiter, but a magnetic field 200 times stronger than that of Jupiter. This object is 20 light years from Earth. It’s on the border between a planet or a brown dwarf.
The Andromeda galaxy cannibalized and crushed the once large galaxy M32p, leaving behind this compact remnant of the galaxy called M32. It is completely unique and contains an abundance of young stars.
Twelve new moons were found around Jupiter. This graphic shows different groupings of the moons and their orbits, with the newly discovered ones in bold.
Scientists and observatories around the world have been able to trace a high-energy neutrino back to a galaxy at the center of which is a supermassive, rapidly rotating black hole known as the blazar. The galaxy is in its constellation to the left of Orion’s shoulder and is about 4 billion light years from Earth.
Planets not only appear from the air – they also require gas, dust and other processes that astronomers do not fully understand. This is an artistic impression of how “infant” planets form around a young star.
These negative images from 2015 BZ509, circled in yellow, show the first known interstellar object that has become an integral part of our solar system. The exo-asteroid was probably drawn into our solar system from another star system 4.5 billion years ago. It was then in a declining orbit around Jupiter.
A close look at the diamond matrix of a meteorite that landed in Sudan in 2008. This is considered the first evidence of a protoplanet that has contributed to the formation of the Earth’s planets in our solar system.
2004 EW95 is the first carbon-rich asteroid, the existence of which has been confirmed in the Kuiper belt, and a relic of the original solar system. This strange object probably formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter before it was hurled billions of miles to its current home in the Kuiper belt.
The NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 28th anniversary in space with this stunning and colorful image of the Lagoon Nebula, which is 4,000 light years from Earth. While the entire nebula has a diameter of 55 light years, this picture shows only a part of about four light years.
This is a more star-rich view of the Lagoon Nebula with Hubble’s infrared features. The reason why you can see more stars is because infrared can cut through the dust and gas clouds to see the abundance of both young stars in the nebula and more distant stars in the background.
The rosette nebula is 5,000 light years from Earth. The striking fog, which some claim to look more like a skull, has a hole in the middle that creates the illusion of its pink shape.
This inner slope of a Martian crater features several of the seasonal dark streaks called “recurring slope lines” (RSL), which are interpreted in a November 2017 report as granular currents rather than darkening due to running water. The image is from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
This artist’s impression shows a supernova explosion that contains the luminosity of 100 million suns. Supernova iPTF14hls, which has exploded multiple times, is possibly the most massive and durable that has ever been observed.
This figure shows hydrocarbon compounds that split into carbon and hydrogen in ice giants like Neptune and transform into a “diamond (rain) shower”.
This striking picture is the star nursery in the Orion Nebula, where stars are born. The red filament is a stretch of ammonia molecules 50 light years long. The blue represents the gas of the Orion Nebula. This image is a compilation of observations from the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope and NASA’s wide-field infrared survey telescope. “We still don’t understand in detail how large gas clouds collapse in our galaxy to form new stars,” said Rachel Friesen, one of the collaboration’s co-principal investigators. “But ammonia is an excellent indicator of dense, star-forming gas.”
This is what Earth and Moon look like from Mars. The image is made up of the best Earth image and the best moon image, taken on November 20, 2016 by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The orbiter’s camera takes pictures in three wavelength bands: infrared, red and teal. Mars was approximately 127 million miles from Earth when the images were taken.
PGC 1000714 was originally thought to be a common elliptical galaxy. However, closer analysis revealed the incredibly rare discovery of a Hoag galaxy. Es hat einen runden Kern, der von zwei abgetrennten Ringen umgeben ist.
Das Cassini-Raumschiff der NASA hat diese Bilder des mysteriösen sechseckigen Jetstreams des Planeten im Dezember 2016 aufgenommen. Das Sechseck wurde in Bildern entdeckt, die Anfang der 1980er Jahre vom Raumschiff Voyager aufgenommen wurden. Es wird geschätzt, dass der Durchmesser größer als zwei Erden ist.
Ein toter Stern strahlt grünlich in diesem Hubble-Weltraumteleskop des Krabbennebels aus, der sich im Sternbild Stier etwa 6500 Lichtjahre von der Erde entfernt befindet. Die NASA veröffentlichte das Bild für Halloween 2016 und spielte das Thema in ihrer Pressemitteilung auf. Die Agentur sagte, das “gruselig aussehende Objekt hat immer noch einen Puls”. Im Zentrum des Krebsnebels befindet sich der zerquetschte Kern oder das “Herz” eines explodierten Sterns. Das Herz dreht sich 30 Mal pro Sekunde und erzeugt ein Magnetfeld, das 1 Billion Volt erzeugt, sagte die NASA.
Ein internationales Team von Astronomen spähte durch die dicken Staubwolken der galaktischen Ausbuchtung und enthüllte die ungewöhnliche Mischung von Sternen im Sternhaufen Terzan 5. Die neuen Ergebnisse zeigen, dass Terzan 5 einer der ursprünglichen Bausteine der Ausbuchtung ist, höchstwahrscheinlich der Relikt der frühen Tage der Milchstraße.
Die Vorstellung eines Künstlers von Planet Neun, dem am weitesten entfernten Planeten in unserem Sonnensystem. Die ähnlichen Clusterbahnen extremer Objekte am Rand unseres Sonnensystems deuten darauf hin, dass sich dort ein massiver Planet befindet.
Eine Illustration der Umlaufbahnen der neuen und bisher bekannten extrem weit entfernten Objekte des Sonnensystems. Die Häufung der meisten ihrer Umlaufbahnen deutet darauf hin, dass sie wahrscheinlich von etwas Massivem und sehr Fernem beeinflusst werden, dem vorgeschlagenen Planeten X.
Begrüßen Sie die dunkle Galaxie Dragonfly 44. Wie unsere Milchstraße hat sie einen Heiligenschein aus kugelförmigen Sternhaufen um ihren Kern.
Eine klassische Nova tritt auf, wenn ein weißer Zwergstern über einen bestimmten Zeitraum Materie von seinem Sekundärstern (einem roten Zwerg) gewinnt und eine thermonukleare Reaktion auf der Oberfläche verursacht, die schließlich in einem einzigen sichtbaren Ausbruch ausbricht. Dies führt zu einer 10.000-fachen Helligkeitssteigerung, die hier im Rendering eines Künstlers dargestellt wird.
Gravitationslinsen und Raumverzerrungen sind in diesem Bild von nahen und fernen Galaxien sichtbar, die von Hubble erfasst wurden.
Im Zentrum unserer Galaxie, der Milchstraße, entdeckten Forscher eine X-förmige Struktur innerhalb einer dicht gepackten Gruppe von Sternen.
Treffen Sie UGC 1382: Was Astronomen für eine normale elliptische Galaxie hielten (links), stellte sich tatsächlich als massive Scheibengalaxie heraus, die aus verschiedenen Teilen besteht, wenn sie mit ultravioletten und tiefen optischen Daten (Mitte und rechts) betrachtet wird. Bei einer vollständigen Umkehrung der normalen Galaxienstruktur ist das Zentrum jünger als seine äußere Spiralscheibe.
Das Hubble-Weltraumteleskop der NASA hat dieses Bild des Krebsnebels und seines “schlagenden Herzens” aufgenommen, bei dem es sich um einen Neutronenstern rechts von den beiden hellen Sternen in der Mitte dieses Bildes handelt. Der Neutronenstern pulsiert 30 Mal pro Sekunde. Die Regenbogenfarben sind aufgrund der Bewegung von Materialien im Nebel sichtbar, die während des Zeitraffers des Bildes auftritt.
Das Hubble-Weltraumteleskop hat ein Bild einer verborgenen Galaxie aufgenommen, die schwächer ist als Andromeda oder die Milchstraße. Diese Galaxie mit niedriger Oberflächenhelligkeit, UGC 477 genannt, ist im Sternbild Fische über 110 Millionen Lichtjahre entfernt.
Am 19. April veröffentlichte die NASA neue Bilder von hellen Kratern auf Ceres. Dieses Foto zeigt den Haulani-Krater, dessen Rand Erdrutsche aufweist. Wissenschaftler glauben, dass einige Krater auf dem Zwergplaneten hell sind, weil sie relativ neu sind.
Diese Abbildung zeigt die Millionen von Staubkörnern, die das Cassini-Raumschiff der NASA in der Nähe des Saturn entnommen hat. Ein paar Dutzend von ihnen scheinen von außerhalb unseres Sonnensystems gekommen zu sein.
Dieses Bild vom VLT-Vermessungsteleskop am ESO-Paranal-Observatorium in Chile zeigt eine erstaunliche Konzentration von Galaxien, die als Fornax-Cluster bekannt sind und sich auf der südlichen Hemisphäre befinden. In der Mitte dieses Clusters, in der Mitte der drei hellen Blobs auf der linken Seite des Bildes, befindet sich eine cD-Galaxie – ein galaktischer Kannibale, dessen Größe durch den Verbrauch kleinerer Galaxien gewachsen ist.
This image shows the central region of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The young and dense star cluster R136, which contains hundreds of massive stars, is visible in the lower right of the image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
In March 2016, astronomers published a paper on powerful red flashes coming from binary system V404 Cygni in 2015. This illustration shows a black hole, similar to the one in V404 Cygni, devouring material from an orbiting star.
This image shows the elliptical galaxy NGC 4889, deeply embedded within the Coma galaxy cluster. There is a gigantic supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy.
An artist’s impression of 2MASS J2126, which takens 900,000 years to orbit its star, 1 trillion kilometers away.
Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune.
An artist’s impression of what a black hole might look like. In February, researchers in China said they had spotted a super-massive black hole 12 billion times the size of the sun.
Are there are oceans on any of Jupiter’s moons? The Juice probe shown in this artist’s impression aims to find out. Picture courtesy of ESA/AOES
Astronomers have discovered powerful auroras on a brown dwarf that is 20 light-years away. This is an artist’s concept of the phenomenon.
Venus, bottom, and Jupiter shine brightly above Matthews, North Carolina, on Monday, June 29. The apparent close encounter, called a conjunction, has been giving a dazzling display in the summer sky. Although the two planets appear to be close together, in reality they are millions of miles apart.
Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may be the best place in the solar system to look for extraterrestrial life, according to NASA. The moon is about the size of Earth’s moon, and there is evidence it has an ocean beneath its frozen crust that may hold twice as much water as Earth. NASA’s 2016 budget includes a request for $30 million to plan a mission to investigate Europa. The image above was taken by the Galileo spacecraft on November 25, 1999. It’s a 12-frame mosaic and is considered the the best image yet of the side of Europa that faces Jupiter.
This nebula, or cloud of gas and dust, is called RCW 34 or Gum 19. The brightest areas you can see are where the gas is being heated by young stars. Eventually the gas burst outward like champagne after a bottle is uncorked. Scientists call this champagne flow. This new image of the nebula was captured by the European Space Organization’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. RCW 34 is in the constellation Vela in the southern sky. The name means “sails of a ship” in Latin.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured images of Jupiter’s three great moons — Io, Callisto, and Europa — passing by at once.
Using powerful optics, astronomers have found a planet-like body, J1407b, with rings 200 times the size of Saturn’s. This is an artist’s depiction of the rings of planet J1407b, which are eclipsing a star.
A patch of stars appears to be missing in this image from the La Silla Observatory in Chile. But the stars are actually still there behind a cloud of gas and dust called Lynds Dark Nebula 483. The cloud is about 700 light years from Earth in the constellation Serpens (The Serpent).
This is the largest Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled. It’s a portion of the galaxy next door, Andromeda (M31).
NASA has captured a stunning new image of the so-called “Pillars of Creation,” one of the space agency’s most iconic discoveries. The giant columns of cold gas, in a small region of the Eagle Nebula, were popularized by a similar image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995.
Astronomers using the Hubble Space pieced together this picture that shows a small section of space in the southern-hemisphere constellation Fornax. Within this deep-space image are 10,000 galaxies, going back in time as far as a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.
Planetary nebula Abell 33 appears ring-like in this image, taken using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. The blue bubble was created when an aging star shed its outer layers and a star in the foreground happened to align with it to create a “diamond engagement ring” effect.
This Hubble image looks a floating marble or a maybe a giant, disembodied eye. But it’s actually a nebula with a giant star at its center. Scientists think the star used to be 20 times more massive than our sun, but it’s dying and is destined to go supernova.
Composite image of B14-65666 showing the distributions of dust (red), oxygen (green), and carbon (blue), observed by ALMA and stars (white) observed by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Artist’s impression of the merging galaxies B14-65666 located 13 billion light years-away.