Topic: European Southern Observatory
Located some7 billion light-years from Earth, 'El Gordo' is the biggest and hottest cluster of galaxies ever observed in the early universe.
Fried egg nebula: The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has spotted a massive yellow hypergiant star surrounded by a dusty double shell, prompting astronomers to think of breakfast.
09/28/2011 06:58 pm
Super-Earth: The newfound haul of alien planets includes 16 super-Earths, which are potentially rocky worlds that are more massive than our planet. One in particular has captured astronomers' attention because it orbits at the edge of its star's habitable zone, suggesting conditions could be ripe to support life.
09/13/2011 10:39 am
For a planet to support life, it faces long odds: It has to be the right size, right composition, and right distance from its star. On Monday astronomers announced a trove of new planet 'candidates.'
09/12/2011 09:27 pm
Scientists seeking an astronomical first – discerning the atmospheric composition of a 'super Earth' exoplanet – have now learned enough to rule out one leading theory.
12/01/2010 07:51 pm
For the first time, scientists have found a solar system that was not formed in the Milky Way galaxy. What's more, the planet is in danger of being eaten by its host star.
11/18/2010 07:34 pm
Astronomers, aiming a ground-based telescope at a target spotted by the Hubble in space, confirm the find as the oldest galaxy so far. Its light was emitted at a time when hydrogen and helium fog still filled the universe.
10/20/2010 09:25 pm
Gliese 581g, a newly discovered, first-of-its-kind planet thought to exist in its star's habitable zone, might just be 'noise,' astronomers say.
10/13/2010 01:58 pm
Located about 6 million light-years away, the spiral galaxy NGC 300 has many star-forming regions, which appear as pink or red spots.
09/08/2010 12:17 pm
A starburst galaxy some 80 million light-years away from earth is unleashing a powerful wind of gas, researchers say.
09/02/2010 12:42 pm