Deep Space

Ultima Thule Is Shaped Like a Pancake

New Horizons' latest target is the weirdest shaped asteroid we've ever seen.

The Last Picture the Kepler Telescope Took
A salute to the space mission so good it made the discovery of far-o…
Astronomers Discover the Milky Way Is Warped
A new survey of more than a thousand stars reveals the true shape of…
giant planet impact
Strange Exoplanet Is Made Mostly of Iron
Ancient collisions thousands of light-years away could teach us abou…
Researchers Find Nearby Galaxy Hiding Behind Stars
The tiny galaxy is very close, but remained hidden for decades until…
Illustration of System HD 98000
Astronomers Discover Bizarre Quadruple Star System

The newly discovered system could lead to finding even stranger distant planets.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
very old quasar
Scientists Have Spotted Some of the Oldest Light in the Universe

With help in deep space, a Hawaiian telescope captures a quasar dating back to the days of the first stars.

Repeating Radio Signals Are a Deep Space Mystery and Astronomers Just Found a Second One

Fast radio bursts have long eluded astronomers, but now a second repetitive source has been found.

Explore a Supernova With Virtual Reality

A group of researchers developed a way to experience a distant supernova from the comfort of your own home.

Here's How We're Recreating Alien Atmospheres on Earth To Search for Life Beyond the Solar System

Devices meant to replicate otherworldly conditions are adapting to help the hunt for life in and out of our solar system.

The Geminid meteor shower over Russian Far East
Look Skyward This Week and Watch the December 2018 Geminid Meteor Shower

The best views will come very early in the morning on Friday, Dec. 14.

Two Young Stars On a Death Spiral Are Acting Very Strangely

The objects, circling in a pinwheel of death, are behaving like stars we haven't seen in billions of light years.

ogle microlensing telescope
Two More Mysterious Rogue Planets Found

With no stars to illuminate them, rogues are mostly great big unknowns to scientists.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
zombie star hypothetical
Black Holes Could Be Creating 'Zombie Stars'

Under the right conditions, a white dwarf could come to life right before it's torn to shreds.

Scientists Discover Four Giant Planets Orbiting Newborn Star

These newly-discovered planets are the largest ever found around such a young star.

Scientists Find More Than a Dozen Stars Visiting Us From Another Galaxy

Using the Gaia satellite, a group of researchers found several stars in our own galaxy that likely came from another.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
We're Close To Confirming the Very First Exomoon

If confirmed, this strong candidate would open up new vistas in astronomy.

Japan's Space Agency Landed Bouncing Rovers on an Asteroid

The rovers are a redemption story for a plan that went awry a decade ago.