Rogue Planet Orbit Spotted by NASA’s Hubble

New images of the Fomalhaut star system could show evidence of a “titanic planetary disruption.” Astronomers have found that the debris belt in the system is wider than was thought, and that a “rogue” planet has a precarious orbit that…

NASA Spots Weather Patterns on Brown Dwarf

Astronomers this week announced that they have produced a “weather map” for a brown dwarf that shows planet-sized clouds driven by wind. Brown dwarfs are objects at the edge of becoming a star. They lack the mass to begin hydrogen…

Globular Cluster Aging Revealed in New Study

Globular clusters are spherical groupings of stars tightly bound by gravity. While these objects are usually 12 to 13 billion years old, a new study has found that clusters can appear to be vastly different ages, depending on the behavior…

NASA’s Hubble Takes Census of Early Galaxies

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered seven previously unseen galaxies that formed over 13 billion years ago – a time when galaxies were just beginning to form. The new discovery has provided researchers with a “statistically robust” sample…

Hubble Photo Shows Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy

The above photo is an image of the irregular galaxy NGC 5253, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope‘s Advanced Camera for Surveys. It combines both visible and infrared exposures. A larger version of the image can be viewed here. The…

NASA May Have Found A New Most Distant Galaxy

NASA today announced that astronomers have found a candidate for the new most distant galaxy ever seen. This comes just after a similar announcement in September, when a different red blob took the record. The object, dubbed MACS0647-JD, is observed…

NASA Finds What Could be the Most Distant Galaxy Yet Seen

NASA today announced that it has snapped a picture of what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. Using the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, astronomers have captured an image of what could be a young galaxy from when…

NASA Reveals Milky Way Will Collide With Andromeda

Using sophisticated math and the Hubble telescope, NASA has determined that the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies are on a collision course…..in 4 billion years. Computer simulations taken from Hubble’s data show that it will take an additional two…