Scientists just found half of the universe’s missing matter, and strengthened the Standard Model in the process

It was floating around where we estimated it would be.

Some galaxy types are brighter due to ‘hungrier’ black holes, and this could fundamentally change how we study galaxies

We’ve been looking at some galaxies wrong all along.

For the first time astronomers image the dark matter web that connects galaxies

This map shows how a dark matter bridge connects galaxies together.

Latest census finds ten times more galaxies in the Universe — that’s nearly two trillion

More mind-boggling than ever.

Why there’s supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way

The general belief surrounding black holes is that they’re massive, but vicious matter gobbling cosmic objects. While it’s true the reputation of black holes as destroyers precede them, we should not forget that they fill an important role in the Universe as creators. Scientists now know that black holes are inexorably linked with galaxies, lying at their center and directly

Superhot filaments of gas connect galaxy clusters

Astronomers have for the  first time confirmed a bridge of hot gas with a temperature of about 80 million degrees Kelvin connecting a pair of galaxy clusters 10 million light-years apart. The discovery is of particular importance since it might help shed light on the missing baryonic matter that has been puzzling scientists for decades. The two galaxy clusters, Abell 399 and

The Sombrero Galaxy is actually made up of two galaxies in one, infrared survey finds

Astronomers classify galaxies into three basic types: elliptical (flat, elongated shape), spiral (most easily recognizable and common – described by their disk shape and outward spiraling arms) and irregular (usually described by a irregular shape, typical to very young galaxies). One of the most fascinating galaxies known to man is the Sombrero galaxy, shaped like a hat hence it’s name. For a

Ancient Galaxies Really Sucked (Gas, That Is)

When early galaxies formed, there was a surprisingly high rate of new stars being formed, which was explained by major galactic collisions; however, recent evidence suggests that in fact the answer is much simpler, and not nearly as violent. Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have observed three ancient galaxies with “patches of star formation”

Amazing NASA pic shows how galaxies collide

I gotta say, this is one of the most beautiful pictures I’ve seen all year ! This amazing image released by NASA shows a collision betweet two galaxies that began 100 million years ago (when dinosaurs were still kings) and is still happening today. The bright sources you see are in fact produced by huge amounts of material that falls

Hubble Back In Business: Pair Of Gravitationally Interacting Galaxies

A while ago we were a bit worried about the future of Hubble, but it seems the people at NASA managed to once again do an amazing job, so the most well known telescope is back in business, and up to big things actually. Just a few days after it was brought back online, Hubble provided some amazing images of