space science

For the first time astronomers believe they have spotted a 'star swallowing' event. In February 2017, the All Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae discovered the dramatic change, an event known as AT 2017bgt.

How supermassive black holes get so big: Researchers spot unprecedented ‘star swallowing frenzy’

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make a close flyby of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule, shown here in an artist's illustration, on Jan. 1, 2019.

NASA to Make Historic New Year’s Day Flyby of Mysterious Ultima Thule. Here’s What to Expect.

Fabio Pacucci revealed a huge black hole could swallow Earth.

Billion-mile-wide supermassive black hole poised to swallow Earth whole, scientist warns.

The system, comprising a pair of luminous stars, was nicknamed Apep by researchers after the serpentine Egyptian god of chaos (pictured). One of the pair is the first known candidate in the Milky Way to produce mysterious gamma-ray bursts - GRBs.

Two stars in the Milky Way shrouded in galactic space dust are spinning so quickly it has created a ‘cosmic serpent’ that could explode in a spectacular celestial firework display.

The cannibalism of W2256 which is 12.4 billion light years away fuels the large galaxy and has allowed it to become the brightest one ever seen by scientists as it emits 350 times more light that our sun (artist's impression).

Cannibal ‘Hotdog’ galaxy as bright as 350 TRILLION stars stole mass from three smaller neighbours to feed a supermassive black hole at its centre.

Rapid movement caused gas, dust and other celestial debris to be absorbed by the enormous gravity of the black hole. This black hole is also believed to be one of only 20 in the Milky Way.

A black hole TEN times heavier than the sun is spinning at almost the speed of light and sucking up space around it.

The center of the Milky Way galaxy, with the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), located in the middle, is revealed in these images.

Trolling the monster in the Milky Way: Astronomers race to uncover the universe’s best-kept secret.

The rate of the sun's spin depends on how close to the star's equator the measurement happens, with the midline rotating faster than regions to the north and south.

Distant Whirling-Dervish Stars Spin in Super-Weird Patterns

An artist's impression of the seven planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system. Most are rich in volatile materials such as water.

TRAPPIST-1 Worlds Are Rocky and Rich in Water, New Research Uncovers

Pictured is an artist's impression of the galaxy, known as COSMOS-AzTEC-1. Around its central black hole are two clouds of cosmic gas from which new stars form.

Astronomers capture the highest resolution image yet of a ‘monster galaxy’ 12 billion light years from Earth that creates new stars 1,000 times faster than the Milky Way.

Dwarf galaxies, such as the one captured here by the Hubble Telescope, are actually one of the most common types of galaxy in the universe.

Interstellar Travel Requires a Long-Term Approach (and Humans Are Too Impatient)