[IN PHOTOS] Snaps of Nebulae Named After Animals Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

[IN PHOTOS] Snaps of Nebulae Named After Animals Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped countless of jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring photos of what it sees in space through the years. Nebulae, in particular, have been a frequent subject of the Hubble’s photos. A number of nebulae that the Hubble has taken photos of are actually named after animals here on Earth. Can you guess which … Read more

Astronomers Have Identified The Most Powerful Pulsar Yet in a Distant Galaxy

Astronomers Have Identified The Most Powerful Pulsar Yet in a Distant Galaxy

Neutron stars are dense remnants of large stars. They are the collapsed cores of stars formed during a supernova explosion. While we know generally how they form, we are still learning how they evolve, particularly when they are young. But that’s starting to change thanks to large sky surveys, which have allowed astronomers to observe … Read more

The SOFIA Mission Is Ending, but Its Legacy Will Be Long Felt

The SOFIA Mission Is Ending, but Its Legacy Will Be Long Felt

A view of SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy).Photo: NASA/Jim Ross This past April, NASA and its partners at the German space agency announced the end to the SOFIA mission. The modified Boeing 747SP jumbo jet is being retired after eight years of service, but its scientific contributions cannot be overstated. In honor of this … Read more

Ancient Asteroids Reveal That The Early Solar System Was More Chaotic Than We Thought

Ancient Asteroids Reveal That The Early Solar System Was More Chaotic Than We Thought

There’s no question that young solar systems are chaotic places. Cascading collisions defined our young Solar System as rocks, boulders, and planetesimals repeatedly collided. A new study based on chunks of asteroids that crashed into Earth puts a timeline to some of that chaos. Astronomers know that asteroids have remained essentially unchanged since their formation … Read more

Primordial Helium From Billions of Years Ago Seems to Be Leaking Out of Earth’s Core

Primordial Helium From Billions of Years Ago Seems to Be Leaking Out of Earth’s Core

Ancient, primordial helium that was forged in the wake of the Big Bang is leaking from Earth’s core, scientists report in a new study. There’s no cause for alarm. Earth isn’t deflating like a sad balloon. What it does mean is that Earth formed inside a solar nebula – the molecular cloud that gave birth … Read more