Astronomers have discovered two stars in a binary pair that complete an orbit around each other in a little over three hours, residing in the planetary nebula M3-1. Remarkably, the stars could drive a nova explosion.
International team of scientists have discovered the unusual evolution of the central star of a planetary nebula in our Milky Way. This extraordinary discovery sheds light on the ultimate fate of the sun.
The Hubble Telescope has taken some breathtaking images along the way. That includes the Eagle Nebula, also called the Pillars of Creation or M16. Now, Hubble’s added another twelve new images.
Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula, by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Astronomers at last have a clear glimpse of the eye of a massive celestial storm.
Amelia Stutz and Andrew Gould from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg are bringing gravity and magnetic fields into play. To test their idea, they undertook a detailed investigation of the Orion Nebula, 1300 light-years away.
Most of the cosmic rays that we detect at Earth originated relatively recently in nearby clusters of massive stars, according to new results from NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.
In this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope cosmic snapshot, the spectacularly symmetrical wings of Hen 2-437 show up in a magnificent icy blue hue. Hen 2-437 is a planetary nebula, one of around 3000 such objects known to reside within the Milky Way.
Astrophotographer Ron Brecher took this image of IC 417, known as the spider nebula, from Guelph, Ontario.