Astronomers are learning more about the Milky Way than ever before. They've created a detailed, 3D map of the dusty structure as seen from Earth's northern hemisphere. The new map could help astronomers in future studies of this region of space.
Scientists have found that the Large Magellanic Cloud is made up of a group of organic chemicals that are considered to be carcinogens and pollutants on Earth, but could also be the building blocks of the origins of life.
Scientists have found evidence that nitrogen in the moon's atmosphere originated in conditions similar to the cold birthplace of the most ancient comets from the Oort cloud, revealing a bit more about the origins of both Saturn and Titan.
A team of astronomers have identified a remarkably coldest and faintest white dwarf star ever detected that is approximately 11 billion years old.
Astronomers have created a new stellar scale as a type of "ruler" that they can use to investigate the atmospheric structure and chemical make-up of stars, making it far easier to classify and compare data on star discoveries.
Scientists may have discovered something new about the Red Planet's atmosphere. Satellite-acquired data reveals that dust particles in Mars' atmosphere actually consist of two types, revealing a bit more about the planet.
Using Cassini, astronomers have found a strange and mysterious geologic feature on Saturn's moon, Titan. Scientists have found a "Magic Island" that seems to appear and disappear, depending on certain conditions.
Astronomers have learned a bit more about Jupiter's moons using the Subaru Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope. They've found that these satellites remain slightly bright, even when in the shadow of the massive Jupiter.
NASA’s Asteroid Initiative is another space project aimed to help expedite the upcoming Mars missions in the 2030s. The space agency awarded nearly $5 million for concept studies that focus on its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
Scientists have gotten a bit of a closer look at the comet Siding Spring, thanks to NASA's Swift satellite. In late May, the satellite managed to image the comet, which is headed for an astonishingly close brush with Mars later this year.
Scientists have made a surprising discovery when it comes to a supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy, NGC 5548. They've found that this black hole is emitting a stream of rapidly flowing gas that blocks about 90 percent of its emitted X-rays, an extremely unusual behavior.