Double-record-breaking merging quasars found at "Cosmic Dawn"

Astronomers discovered the first pair of merging quasars from the Cosmic Dawn, 900 million years after the Big Bang.

Strange Blobs Deep Within Earth May Have Created Plate Tectonics

On the scale of cataclysmic events, the whomping impact of a Mars-sized object that crashed into Earth some 4.5 billion years ago ranks pretty highly: thought to have set in motion the movement of our planet's fractured, rocky crust.

Pluto got its "heart" in a violent collision 

The experts attribute the formation of the unique heart-shaped terrain to a colossal oblique-angle collision with a celestial body approximately 700 kilometers in diameter – roughly twice the size of Switzerland from east to west.

Incredibly Rare Cosmic Object Detected in Gravitational Waves For The First Time

A gravitational wave detected in May of last year has given us a type of cosmic collision we've never seen before.

Scientists discover alien planet debris buried deep under Earth's crust

Long ago, an alien planet crashed into Earth – causing a collision so big the debris formed the Moon and left mysterious remnants lodged deep in the Earth’s mantle.

Massive space explosion observed creating elements needed for life

Scientists have observed the creation of rare chemical elements in the second-brightest gamma-ray burst ever seen -- casting new light on how heavy elements are made.

Scientists see the first ever "afterglow" of two ice giant planets colliding

Researchers were caught by surprise when they observed what they believe to be the aftermath of two giant planets colliding.

Super Hefty Exoplanet Is Denser Than Steel, Scientists Say

A newly discovered exoplanet has characteristics so peculiar that astronomers think it must have experienced a giant collision some time in its past.

Two Stars Colliding Like We've Never Seen Before

The aftermath of an epic collision involving at least one neutron star has been captured for the first time in the millimeter range of radio frequency wavelengths.

The story of a golden nugget

Follow the story of golden atoms from their birth in stellar explosions via incorporation into formation of our planet to their coming together in a golden nugget and appearance in the Earth's crust.

Asteroid collision in space 466 mil years ago boosted life on Earth

Largest documented asteroid breakup in the asteroid belt during the past two billion years caused enormous amounts of dust to spread through the solar system. The blocking effect of this dust lead to cooler temperatures which in turn  caused diversification.

LIGO detects gravitational waves from neutron stars colliding

Gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars have been detected for the second time ever — along with another, less certain signal that a neutron star being swallowed by a black hole.

Hubble's dazzling display of two colliding galaxies

Located in the constellation of Hercules, about 230 million light-years away, NGC 6052 is a pair of colliding galaxies. This particular image was taken using the Wide Field Camera 3 on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

'Cataclysmic' collision shaped Uranus

Results from computer simulations confirm that young Uranus was involved in a cataclysmic collision with an object twice the mass of Earth.

Cosmic collision lights up the darkness

Though it resembles a peaceful rose swirling in the darkness of the cosmos, NGC 3256 is actually the site of a violent clash. This distorted galaxy is the relic of a collision between two spiral galaxies.