The Ring Nebula, it seems, is not actually a true ring. Thanks to the keen eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have found that there is far more to this eye-dazzling cosmic phenomenon than initially believed.
According to a calculation by two noted biologists, life on Earth may not have come from Earth at all.
A new discovery has been made that once again proves Einstein really knew what he was talking about. Under extreme conditions, many scientists used to believe that the concept of General Relativity might not be accurate.
a study has concluded almost two decades of debate about the origin of water found in Jupiter's atmosphere.
A new telescope in Chile is proving itself to be a step into the future, outperforming similar devices by an extraordinary margin. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) was reportedly able to find and observe over 100 of the early universe's star-forming galaxies, a feat other telescopes have spent more than a decade trying to do.
Awe-inspiring and eye-pleasing as they may be, the arms of spiral galaxies have remained a luminescent mystery to scientists for quite some time. New detailed computer simulations, however, are revealing more about spiral galaxies' arms, including the fact that they aren't as transient as previously thought, and that once formed, they sustain themselves.
Scientists from the Herschel space observatory have found some of the youngest stars to have ever been observed by man. The insights gained by looking at these "protostars" should help scientists better understand star formation, and consequently, the life cycle of our very own sun.
Astronomers studying supermassive black holes say they have accurately measured how fast the mysterious consumers of space matter spin.
Stargazers across the globe are in for a treat Feb. 18 when the moon passes within just 450 million miles of Jupiter in a rare occultation event.
Cosmic rays, more specifically high-speed protons, constantly bombard our Earth with potentially-harmful particles almost nonstop, but their exact origins have remained somewhat of a mystery to scientists - until now. A new study reveals that these incredibly fast-moving particles are the result of dying stars.
How young is young? Most of our answers would be double-digit ages, but not in the cosmic scheme of things. NASA scientists are now cautiously stating that they might have found the youngest black hole in our galaxy, and it's only 1,000 years old.
As the accoutrements for research grow in scope and scale, scientists are realizing that an Earth-like planet may not be so rare as once thought. A new study out of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) states that the closest one may be a mere 13 light-years away.
A mystical ribbon of particles surrounds the region of space between our solar system and interstellar space. Known as the edge of the heliosphere, it has baffled scientists as to what the nature and cause of such a cosmic phenomenon could be. A newly proposed "retention model" suggests that the ribbon is the result of charged particles escaping as neutral atoms.
Dung beetles might not have the best reputation among us, but a new discovery might just prove them smarter than we give them credit for. According to a new published study, dung beetles are the first documented case of an animal using our Milky Way galaxy for navigational purposes.
Researchers utilizing data from NASA's Kepler mission have realized that at around 17 percent of all stars have an Earth-sized planet orbiting them.