Astronomers have indirectly spotted some of the first stars in the universe by making their most distant detection of oxygen in a galaxy that existed just 500m years after the Big Bang.
Astronomers are gathering an exponentially greater amount of data every day – so much that it will take years to uncover all the hidden signals buried in the archives.
As galaxies get older they get rounder, and fall victim to the middle-aged spread that catches many of us humans here on Earth.
Black holes may come in many sizes, but there's still a gap in the middle. The hunt is on to solve the mystery of where are the intermediate size black holes.
Massive, far distant galaxies contain 100 times more gas than we thought possible.
Star Trek: Discovery explores our corner of the block -- just a fraction of the galaxy. Some stars are better candidates for intelligent alien life, and it may not be anything like we imagine.
The recipe book for galaxy formation may need to be rewritten after the discovery of a massive galaxy that stopped making new stars early in the Universe's history.
Astronomers are surprised by what they're finding out about galaxies that formed in the early days of our universe, now that sensitive telescopes allow direct observation, not the inference of old.
So where did all the dark matter come from?
Understanding how the billions of stars in our galaxy formed and evolved is the subject of a huge galactic archaeology project.
Astronomers have taken a forensic approach to study the stellar halo of a galaxy to reveal hidden secrets on how such galaxies were formed.
Astronomers are making new discoveries about our galaxy thanks to a more detailed map of the Milky Way.
Galaxies are supposed to be the place where new stars are formed. So what causes some to stop this stellar production line?
The find by citizen scientists of at least 40 galaxies in a cluster more than a billion light years away is the astronomical equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.
A new study suggests that mysterious high energy cosmic rays might originate from the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.
Jupiter had a big influence on how our solar system's planets formed. New research – led by a high school student – tried to nail down how rare Jupiter analogs really are in other planetary systems.
A new model suggests that elliptical galaxies are more likely to be habitable than spiral galaxies like our own. Does that mean we're a freak event and elsewhere is teeming with life?
Why the Breakthrough Listen project is a step in the right direction in our hunt for life beyond Earth.
Astronomers from around the world identify their favourite images sent back to Earth by the Hubble Space Telescope.
What happens to a galaxy when it runs out of the stuff needed to forge new stars?