May 14, 2011
Canary sky – Scenes taken from Tenerife, more than 2,000 meters above sea level and over a year to capture all possible shades, clouds, stars, colors from a unique landscape and from one of the best skies on the planet.
April 17, 2011
The stars rotate around the southern celestial pole during a night at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile. The fuzzy parts in the trails on the right are due to the Magellanic Clouds, two small galaxies neighbouring the Milky Way. image credit: Iztok Bončina/ESO
April 16, 2011
This picture of the star formation region NGC 3582 was taken using the Wide Field Imager at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The image reveals giant loops of gas ejected by dying stars that bear a striking resemblance to solar prominences.
April 11, 2011
A galaxy’s core is a busy place, crowded with stars swarming around an enormous black hole. When galaxies collide, it gets even messier as the two black holes spiral toward each other, merging to make an even bigger gravitational monster.
March 29, 2011
With planet hunting Kepler spacecraft, astronomers have discovered 1,235 candidate planets orbiting other suns since the Kepler mission’s search for Earth-like worlds began in 2009.
March 22, 2011
Astronomers have long suspected the phenomenon of two stars merging together was possible. But now, after years of searching, they have finally discovered the moment two closely orbiting stars became one.
March 5, 2011
None of the world’s experts know what exactly the strange spiral structure on the left is. Why the spiral glows is a mystery, with a leading hypothesis being illumination by light reflected from nearby stars.
March 2, 2011
An amateur photographer has stunned astronomers by capturing these majestic images of the Milky Way.
February 12, 2011
Thousands of young stars come to the fore in in this beautiful new image from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
January 31, 2011
Pointing skyward, the wall of this ruined Viking church still stands after a thousand winters, near the town of Vallentuna, Sweden.