Rapidly ageing 'Nasty 1' star behaving in never-before-seen ways

A team of astronomers has uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly ageing star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy.

'Magnetar' near supermassive black hole is beyond strange

In 2013, astronomers announced that they had discovered a magnetar exceptionally close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Giant galaxies die inside out
Giant galaxies die inside out

In a major breakthrough towards understanding the formation of the universe, astronomers have figured out that star formation shuts down in the centres of elliptical galaxies first.

Astronomers observe 'ultrafast' star racing out of galaxy at 26m mph

 Astronomers have recently observed an ultrafast star racing out of galaxy at 26m mph.

Newborn stars found at edge of Milky Way
Newborn stars found at edge of Milky Way

Brazilian astronomers have for the first time found two star clusters forming in a remote part of our Milky Way galaxy.

Did dark matter trigger mass extinctions on Earth?
Did dark matter trigger mass extinctions on Earth?

The Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy's disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth, new research has found.

Two more planets in our solar system: Astronomers
Two more planets in our solar system: Astronomers

The solar system has at least two more planets waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto, Spanish and British astronomers say.

Earth-sized planets in Milky Way hint at ancient life

Five planets transiting a larger primary star about 117 light years from Earth may constitute the oldest known system of terrestrial-sized planets, scientists say.

Loose fibres on Gaia telescope make it harder to map Milky Way
Loose fibres on Gaia telescope make it harder to map Milky Way

The European Space Agency's Gaia space telescope has loose fibres that are scattering too much light into its giant camera, making it harder to map the Milky Way.

Milky Way's new tiny, isolated dwarf neighbour galaxy found
Milky Way's new tiny, isolated dwarf neighbour galaxy found

Astronomers have recently spotted a new neighbor for Milky Way galaxy, a tiny and isolated dwarf galaxy almost 7 million light years away

Big Bang breakthrough: Scientists differ on BICEP2 findings

Earlier in March, astronomers announced that they had discovered the gravitational ripples in space-time that are echoes of the massive expansion of the universe that took place just after the Big Bang.

Why `starbursts` take place when galaxies collide

Researchers have for the first time explained a long standing mystery: why surges of star formation (so called `starbursts`) take place when galaxies collide.

Dark matter annihilation may be possible

Researchers have claimed that gamma-ray photons observed from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility of dark matter annihilation.

Fast & furious! These stars escaping our galaxy

Astronomers have discovered a new class of `hypervelocity stars` - solitary stars moving fast enough to escape the gravitational grasp of the Milky Way galaxy.

ESA`s billion star-hunter telescope enters orbit

Europe`s billion-star hunting telescope has successfully entered its operational orbit to gather data for the most accurate 3D map yet of our Milky Way galaxy, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

Milky Way galaxy `wobbles`

An international team of astronomers have discovered that Milky Way galaxy "wobbles."

How stars are formed

A new paper describes the observation-based relationships of the structure and supersonic internal motions of molecular clouds where stars form.

ESA to launch Gaia space observatory on November 20

European Space Agency`s billion-star surveyor Gaia, which will map the stars with unprecedented precision, is going to be launched from Europe`s spaceport in Kourou on November 20.

New map of 6,000 clouds shows where stars are born

Scientists have catalogued and mapped 6,194 early star-forming clouds in the biggest-ever survey of dense clumps in our Milky Way Galaxy.

3D mapping reveals Milky Way galaxy has peanut-shaped core

Scientists have produced a detailed three-dimensional map of the stars that form the inner regions of our Milky Way galaxy.