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Messier Monday: A Big, Blue, Bright Baby Cluster, M47

Try to take in the vastness of the universe ... collections of stars within our own galaxy and galactic neighborhood (like open star clusters and globular clusters) are perfect targets on a night like ... read more

Beyond the Milky Way: The sublime beauty of our galactic neighbors

Take a trip through some of humanity's most spectacular galactic glimpses in our special gallery featuring the best deep space images ever captured. read more

Your 7-Step Guide to the Shadow Universe

Given the vastness of the cosmos–and given how little of it humans ... Time to come to terms, then, with the new reality about our place in the universe. Here are seven key things every informed citiz... read more

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Image: Galactic wheel of life shines in infrared

Sheth and his team of scientists are analyzing the structures of more than 3,000 galaxies in our local neighborhood. The farthest galaxy of the bunch lies about 120 million light-years away—practicall... read more

Rogue black holes skulk Milky Way perimeter

These distant relics of the Milky Way’s past could provide vital information on the formation of our home Galaxy ... but without enough force to expel it from the galactic neighborhood completely. Eac... read more

Virgin Galactic's spaceplane hits new heights in second powered flight

with engineers now poring over data with an eye to the next round of testing. Where some private space companies, such as Blue Origin, imagine firing tourists into space with conventional launch vehic... read more

Why Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News for Humanity’s Future

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, a planet 492 light years away ... despite the existence of hundreds of billions of solar systems in our galactic neighborhood in which lif... read more

Isaac Asimov's Foundation: The little idea that became science fiction's biggest series

We're one step beyond the impossibly far future, right from the very beginning; our own time is ... gets its immediate neighborhood locked down. With Mallow, we're venturing into unknown territory — c... read more

Meet TESS, seeker of alien worlds

NASA’s Kepler ... active galactic nuclei,” his voice trailing off. Most of the exoplanets will be orbiting stars called red dwarfs, much smaller and cooler than the sun. They make up the vast majority ... read more

Exoplanets 20/20: Looking back to the future

The planet, called 51 Pegasi b, would open a new era in humanity's exploration of our galactic neighborhood ... the launch of the Kepler Space Telescope in 2009. This spacecraft nestled into an Earth- ... read more

Planet Hunting A Giant Leap For Citizen Science

It all started back in the olden-days of mid-2007 with GalaxyZoo: the ultimate in online, interactive citizen science where anyone with eyes, an Internet connection, patience, and an appreciation for ... read more

Where do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

Such paradoxes characterize these strange galactic monsters, for whom creation is destruction ... Thousands upon thousands of stars crowded into a region of space that — if it were of our local neighb... read more

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