`Doomed star` Eta Carinae`s first-ever 3-D nebulae model created

Scientists have created the first high-resolution 3-D model of the expanding cloud produced by Eta Carinae`s eruption in the 19th century.

Two new planets orbiting ancient star discovered

Scientists have discovered two new planets orbiting an ancient star near our Sun and one of them may have liquid water on its surface, a key ingredient to support life.

Alien life near us a distinct possibility

It`s time to tune into "2013: A Space Odyssey". A pair of failed stars - known as brown dwarfs in the astronomers` community - may be hiding an alien world which, if confirmed, would be one of the closest ever to our sun.

Failed stars near Sun could harbour hidden planet

Astronomers, who took precise measurements of the closest pair of failed stars to the Sun, have found that the system harbours a third, planetary-mass object.

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.

Best 3D map of Milky Way`s centre created

Astronomers have created the best three-dimensional map yet of the central parts of the Milky Way - and found that the inner regions take on a peanut-like, or X-shaped, appearance.

Trio of `super Earths` in a star`s habitable zone

Three "super Earth" planets have been found orbiting a nearby star at a distance where life in theory could exist.

New kind of variable star discovered

Astronomers have discovered a new class of variable stars by measuring minute variations in stellar brightness.

Anarchic region of star formation found in dust cloud

NGC 6559 is a cloud of gas and dust located at a distance of about 5000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer).

New image released by ESO shows turbulent birth of stars

The European Southern Observatory, or ESO, released an image Thursday that shows the intense activity that occurs inside an interstellar cloud when stars form.

Strange happenings spotted in ancient star cluster

New infrared images from European Southern Observatory`s VISTA telescope show the globular cluster 47 Tucanae in striking detail.

Fourth potentially habitable planet discovered

International astronomers said today they have found the fourth potentially habitable planet outside our solar system.