Astronomers have discovered the three smallest alien planets. The alien worlds, detected using publicly available data from NASA’s Kepler mission, are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the diameter of Earth, and the smallest one is roughly Mars-size.
NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) researchers have captured new images of a recently born cluster of massive stars named W3A.The cluster is seen lurking in the depths of the large gas and dust cloud from which it formed. The larger image shows the overall structure of the W3 region
Skywatcher Bill Snyder snaps stunning photo of Dumbbell nebula. The photo depicts the Dumbbell nebula, also known as M27, seen near the constellation of Vulpecula or “Little Fox.”
In 2011, most of the best meteor showers occurred when the moon was close to full. But 2012 starts out with a fine meteor shower, the Quadrantids, with absolutely no moon to interfere with the viewing.
The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching.
The European Southern Observatory’s VLT Survey Telescope has captured the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 253 in sharp detail.
Nasa Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular view of a star-forming region in our Milky Way galaxy that looks like a snow angel in deep space. The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharples 2-106 (or S106 for short) is located nearly 2,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan).
These super-sharp images of the unusual vampire double star system SS Leporis were created from observations made with the VLT Interferometer at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.
A new study seems to confirm that massive stars generally start out life much bigger than they will be in maturity.