Spiral galaxies like M100, pictured here, may hold answers about the nature of dark matter.
NASA Spitzer Space Telescope/NASA/JPL-Caltech
A comparison of star-forming galaxies suggests, surprisingly, that dark matter and visible matter do interact – taking us closer to understanding what keeps the galaxies together.
James Webb has peered into the distant Universe.
James Webb has spotted extremely distant galaxies formed soon after the Big Bang, but are they old or young? Or is this the wrong question to ask?
Long before the James Webb telescope brought us these deep field images, artists have been capturing notions of space.
This cluster of galaxies, called Stephan’s Quintet, is a composite image produced from two cameras aboard the James Webb Space Telescope.
NASA released five new images from the James Webb Space Telescope, revealing incredible details of ancient galaxies, stars and the presence of water in the atmosphere of a distant planet.
A star forming region in the Milky Way.
NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI
Even experts were not prepared for the crispness of the new images from the James Webb space telescope.
The barred spiral galaxy UGC 12158.
Recent results cast doubt on dark matter.
The mirror on the James Webb Space Telescope is fully aligned and producing incredibly sharp images, like this test image of a star.
NASA/STScI via Flickr
It has taken eight months to test and calibrate all of the instruments and modes of the James Webb Space Telescope. A scientist on the team explains what it took to get Webb up and running.
Some of the MeerKAT’s 64 dishes, which astronomers use to collect huge amounts of data.
© South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)
Complementary science will be at the heart of the Square Kilometre Array.
Jayanne English using data from MeerKAT and the Dark Energy Survey
Next-generation radio telescopes unravel the mysteries of ghostly circles in the sky.
Concept of a black hole acting as a lens on background light.
Some black holes are isolated in space and therefore near impossible to detect.
Some stars travel at high speeds through the universe and sometimes leave spectacular clouds of dust and gas in their wake.
NASA, ESA and R. Sahai (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Hypervelocity stars were discovered only 15 years ago and are the closest things in existence to real shooting stars. They travel at millions of miles per hour, so fast that they can escape from galaxies.
Anyone with an internet connection can search the universe and possibly discover never-before-seen galaxies.
James Webb Space Telescope mirrors undergoing cryogenic testing.
JSWT may be able to discover signs of life on planets around other stars.
Artist’s impression of the James Webb telescope after deployment of the mirror and sunshield.
It will be a nail-biting wait as scientists launch and deploy the most complex observatory ever built.
A composite image of the data collected by the ALMA telescope in Chile, showing spiral galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.
ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/S. Dagnello (NRAO)/T. Brown (VERTICO)
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.
There’s a lot we don’t know about galaxies.
We have to look back to the Big Bang to find out.
Flouride is created by Wolf–Rayet stars, here seen in the Milky Way by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Tracing the cosmic origin of toothpaste, scientists got a glimpse into the surprising chemistry of early galaxies.
A telescope in the outer solar system would be able to do unique science that is impossible closer to the Sun.
Such a mission could be developed soon, allowing astrophysicists to take selfies of the solar system and use the Sun’s gravity as a lens to peer deep into space.
Hubble took pictures of the oldest galaxies it could – seen here – but the James Webb Space Telescope can go back much farther in time.
The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch into orbit in December 2021. Its mission is to search for the first light to ever shine in the universe.
NASA, ESA and M. Kornmesser
Did we observe the most distant gamma ray burst yet seen, or was it something closer to home?