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Scientists discovered the largest observed black hole to date

Scientists have found the largest black hole ever observed at the center of Holm 15A, a galaxy about 700 million light-years away.
Colourful and wispy Sharpless 2-296 forms the “wings” of an area of sky known as the Seagull Nebula — named for its resemblance to a gull in flight. This celestial bird contains a fascinating mix of intriguing astronomical objects. Glowing clouds weave amid dark dust lanes and bright stars. The Seagull Nebula — made up of dust, hydrogen, helium and traces of heavier elements — is the hot and energetic birthplace of new stars. Credit: ESO/VPHAS+ team/N.J. Wright (Keele University)

Anatomy of a Cosmic Seagull

Colourful and wispy, this intriguing collection of objects is known as the Seagull Nebula, named for its resemblance to a gull in flight. Made...
warped milky way

A unique three-dimensional map of the Milky Way

The most detailed three-dimensional map of the Milky Way has been revealed, showing that our galaxy is not a flat disc but has a warped shape.
This image, a composite of several observations captured by ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST), shows the space observatory Gaia as a faint trail of dots across the lower half of the star-filled field of view. These observations were taken as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to measure Gaia’s orbit and improve the accuracy of its unprecedented star map. Credit: ESO

Pinpointing Gaia to Map the Milky Way

Gaia, operated by the European Space Agency (ESA), surveys the sky from orbit to create the largest, most precise, three-dimensional map of our Galaxy....
This image from a radio telescope shows a huge star-forming region of the outer Milky Way galaxy. The ovals identify the main subdivisions of the region's molecular cloud, including the smaller 1a, which is very efficient at producing stars. Image courtesy of Charles Kerton.

Astronomers take first, high-resolution look at huge star-forming region of Milky Way

Astronomers from the United States and South Korea have made the first high-resolution, radio telescope observations of the molecular clouds within a massive star-forming...
First image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

Everything you wanted to know about the first ever image of a black hole

The Event Horizon Telescope has released the first direct image of a black hole and its neighbourhood. This black hole lurks in the centre...
A photo of the DF2 galaxy (Image credit: NASA, ESA, and P. van Dokkum [Yale University])

New studies confirm existence of galaxies with almost no dark matter

A Yale-led team of researchers is doubling down on its earlier finding of a galaxy with almost no dark matter. In 2018, the researchers published...
Records of historical supernova found in Karnataka

Records of historical supernova found in Karnataka

Imagine walking at dusk under a blue sky that is gradually turning black. Twinkling stars are beginning to appear here and there. And suddenly...
This artist’s impression shows a computer generated model of the Milky Way and the accurate positions of the globular clusters used in this study surrounding it. Scientists used the measured velocities of these 44 globular clusters to determine the total mass of the Milky Way, our cosmic home. Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, L. Calçada

Hubble & Gaia accurately weigh the Milky Way

The mass of the Milky Way is one of the most fundamental measurements astronomers can make about our galactic home. However, despite decades of...