Recharge Your Cosmic Awe With These Images Of Galaxies In Deep Space

Monday is the cosmic wonder-killer. It's really hard to remember that we live in a beautiful, insane universe, crammed with astonishing miracles of creation. So as a public service, we're sharing some absolutely stunning images of galaxies in deep space. Look at these, and remember to reach for greatness! » 4/28/14 4:20pm 4/28/14 4:20pm

New map reveals the Milky Way's location among the "Council of Giants"

Astronomers know that the Milky Way is parked within the Local Group of galaxies, an interstellar expanse extending 3 million light years across. But we know very little about the area just outside of this. A new map corrects this oversight, showing that we live among the "Council of Giants." » 3/11/14 8:00am 3/11/14 8:00am

Merging galaxies can contain multiple active supermassive black holes

Japanese astronomers have learned that merging galaxies can contain at least a pair of active and luminous supermassive black holes. Typically, only one of the two black holes are activated like this, leading the astronomers to speculate that something unique is happening in the environment to get them going. » 1/29/14 9:00am 1/29/14 9:00am

This incredible image reveals two galaxies that orbit the Milky Way

Just as planets orbit Suns, galaxies can orbit each other. Now, NASA has created some unprecedented images of two such galaxies in the Milky Way's orbit, known as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC). Here, you have an incredible view of these galaxies beneath the plane of the Milky Way. » 6/04/13 11:26am 6/04/13 11:26am

This pocket-sized galaxy may be the most distant yet

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have discovered the most distant galaxy seen in the universe. Called MACS0647-JD, the galaxy is 13.3 billion light years from Earth — which means it formed only 420 million years after the big bang. And just as remarkably, it's only 600 light-years wide,… » 11/16/12 8:00am 11/16/12 8:00am