An Elaborate Planetary System May Exist Around Our Nearest Star

New observations show there’s at least one, but possibly three rings, of cold dust around our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. That could indicate the presence of more planets, according to new research. Read More >>

Astronomers Think They Discovered the Missing Link in Black Hole Evolution

Science fiction doesn’t exist to make movies about the stuff we know about—it explores the unknown physics, astronomy, biology and chemistry where real uncertainty about topics can lead to compelling, believable stories. That’s what makes black holes such a popular subject; light can’t escape them, maybe they’re portals across space and time, and they seem to break the rules. But who needs fiction when there are already incredibly strange mysteries in the real world? Read More >>

These Deep Space Images Reveal a New Type of Galaxy

Hubble’s deep field images have provided the farthest glimpses we’ve ever had of galaxies in spaces. Combining those images with a new telescope view has revealed that there are even more galaxies there than we knew—including a mysterious, new type of galaxy. Read More >>

Astronomers Just Spotted a Water Snow Line Around a Star for the First Time

A telescope just snagged the very first image of a water snow line drifting around a young star in space — and it could transform what we know about how planets form. Read More >>

This Image Captures a Black Hole in Rare Feeding Frenzy

One of the most incredible things about black holes is how much bigger they are than almost anything else out there. Now, a new image taken at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimetre Array (ALMA) Observatory shows that we’ve been totally wrong about how they manage to grow so large. Read More >>

This Clump of Dust Might Actually be a Planet in the Process of Forming

Astronomers have captured an image of a dense clump of dust orbiting around a young star — and they’re saying it could be our first glimpse of a planet in the very earliest stages of formation. Read More >>

Zoom in on the Birth of a Star from Thousands of Light Years Away

About 1,400 light years from Earth in the constellation of Vela, a new star is being born in a burst of violent glory. Streams of carbon monoxide molecules are spewing from the star's poles, as dust swirls around the entire event. Thank God somebody got the whole event on camera. Read More >>