NASA is moving ahead with an ambitious mission to explore a moon of Jupiter and discover whether it could support life.The icy world Europa has the smoothest surface of any known solid object in the solar system, which - coupled with its apparent youth - has led scientists to believe
The Hubble Space Telescope is like an old dog that is constantly teaching the astronomical community new tricks. In the course of its almost thirty years in operation, it has revealed vital data about the expansion of the Universe, its age, the Milky Way, supermassive black holes (SMBHs), other star
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope say they have crossed an important threshold in revealing a discrepancy between the two key techniques for measuring the universe's expansion rate. The recent study strengthens the case that new theories may be needed to explain the forces that have shaped the cosmos.A brief
Globular clusters are inherently beautiful objects, but the subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, Messier 3, is commonly acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful of them all.Containing an incredible half-million stars, this 8-billion-year-old cosmic bauble is one of the largest and brightest globular clusters ever discovered.
Fishermen would be puzzled if they netted only big and little fish, but few medium-sized fish. Astronomers likewise have been perplexed in conducting a census of star-hugging extrasolar planets. They have found hot Jupiter-sized planets and hot super-Earths (planets no more than 1.5 times Earth’s diameter). These planets are scorching
Gazing across 300 million light-years into a monstrous city of galaxies, astronomers have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to do a comprehensive census of some of its most diminutive members: a whopping 22,426 globular star clusters found to date.The survey, published in the November 9, 2018, issue of the Astrophysical
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a spectacular image showing a vast collection of galaxies located around 4 billion light-years from Earth.The cluster, known as Abell 370—located in the constellation Cetus—is the first target of a new Hubble mission known as the BUFFALO survey, which aims to broaden our understanding of