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  • Galactic roles, a cosmic puzzle and a dusty answer

    An artistic rendition of dust formation around a supernova explosion. Observations with the VLT in Chile show that this happens in two stages. Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

    Giant galaxies are the ones that catch the space enthusiast’s eye, with their spiral patterns or cigar-like...

     
  • Bright supernova explodes in nearby galaxy M82

    The new supernova in M82, imaged by Robin Scagell using the 150 mm refractor at Mayhill, New Mexico, on 22 January 2014 at 11:13 UT. It is a 300 sec exposure. Credit: Robin Scagell/Galaxy Picture Library. Used with permission.

    One of the closest stellar explosions for years has been spotted in a relatively nearby galaxy that is...

     
  • Mystery surrounds star’s explosive death

    Eta Carina brightened considerably in the 19th century, expelling material which can be seen today surrounding the star. Credit: ESA/NASA

    An unusual outburst from a supposed supernova has astronomers arguing whether the star has actually exploded,...

     
  • Bubbling Betelgeuse on brink of destruction

    How a churning Betelgeuse would look to the eye in a still from the movie. Credit: Dr Bernd Freytag/Centre de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon

    So you think you know what a red giant star looks like? Think again. For this is how Betelgeuse, a star...

     
  • Do dead stars play cosmic pinball?

    Impression of cosmic rays from one source bombarding Earth. Credit: ASPERA

    Supernova remnants could be playing “pinball wizard” with Galactic cosmic rays, accelerating...

     
  • Supernova fireworks in the Pinwheel

    Before and after images reveal the supernova (Peter Nugent/Palomar Transient Factory )

    Astronomers are celebrating after discovering an exploding supernova in a nearby galaxy. The star’s...

     
  • Supernova flares in Whirlpool Galaxy

    Supernova flares in Whirlpool Galaxy

    Telescopes around the world are turning towards a bright supernova that has flared in one of the most...

     
  • Daylight supernova marked royal birth

    Daylight supernova marked royal birth

    With Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton just days away, astronomers were today told of...

     
  • Distant supernova is a record-breaker

    Distant supernova is a record-breaker

    Telescopes around the world and in space have been watching the brightest example ever seen of a rare...

     
  • NASA find youngest local black hole

    NASA find youngest local black hole

    NASA scientists today reported finding what seems to be the youngest black hole known in our region of...

     
  • Doctor Who and the star of doom

    Doctor Who and the star of doom

    A space scientist is today announcing a major cosmic discovery by telling it as a Doctor Who story. Astronomer...

     
  • Supernova star too close for comfort

    Supernova star too close for comfort

    Astronomers have identified a ticking time-bomb in space that lies perilously close to the Earth, they...