Studying the extreme environment of the Virgo Cluster — which comprises thousands of galaxies — helps us learn what factors can affect and start or stop star formation.
Gravitational waves reveal the demise of super-dense neutron stars spiralling into their black hole companions - the first time such strange and exotic star systems have ever been observed.
Thirty years ago the Hubble Space Telescope began snapping photos of distant stars, providing a time machine that has taken astronomers back to when the universe was less than a billion years old.
Why isn’t there an endless variety of planets in the universe? An astrophysicist explains why planets only come in two flavors.
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.
A three-dimensional look and listen at a dark cloud in space sheds new light on the mystery of how our solar system formed billions of years ago.
As galaxies get older they get rounder, and fall victim to the middle-aged spread that catches many of us humans here on Earth.
Massive, far distant galaxies contain 100 times more gas than we thought possible.
The science of red skies can also help us understand how stars form.
It’s like one great big distillery up there.
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.
Understanding how the billions of stars in our galaxy formed and evolved is the subject of a huge galactic archaeology project.
Galaxies are supposed to be the place where new stars are formed. So what causes some to stop this stellar production line?
Extragalactic astrophysicists want to know how and why galaxies stop forming stars, change their shape and fade away. With help from citizen scientists, they’re figuring it out.
Astronomers have built a new observatory in the cold dry air of a high plateau in Antarctica to peer through our atmosphere and observe carbon in our galaxy.
If some of the laws of physics were only infinitesimally different, we would simply not exist. It almost looks like the universe itself was built for life. But how can that be?
They’re are the overachievers of the universe: incredibly dense but very small when compared to others stars. So how much do we know about the extreme behaviour of neutron stars?
Our universe’s most exciting days are well behind us, with new research showing the universe is now slowly but surely dying.
Researchers have created a star-forming cloud in the laboratory to try to recreate the first-ever biological molecule. The study could explain why such molecules are left-handed.
What happens to a galaxy when it runs out of the stuff needed to forge new stars?