RSSArchive for April, 2010

Black holes kill their own galaxies

Black holes kill their own galaxies

Huge black holes act as a galactic “brake”, shutting down star growth for good.

Part of the Orion Nebula

Young stars shine in Orion

Astronomers have turned paparazzi, snapping images of hot, young stars.

Russia's twin volcanoes

Russia’s twin volcanoes

NASA satellite sees twin volcanoes erupting on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Saturn's icy moon Dione

Saturn’s icy moon Dione

Icy terrain with wispy patterns covers one side of Saturn’s moon Dione.

Jupiter's rain is made of helium

Jupiter’s rain is made of helium

Jupiter is so strange that helium gas forms droplets and falls like rain.

The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit

Hubble’s 20th birthday celebrated

Hubble Telescope’s best images in a new book to mark 20 years in space.

CSIRO's astronomy Super Science

CSIRO’s astronomy Super Science

Funding boost to Australia’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array telescope.

Artist's impression of an exoplanet in a retrograde orbit around a star

Backward planets turn theory upside down

Nine new planets found, including six that orbit their stars the “wrong” way.

Watery, rocky planets may be common

Watery, rocky planets may be common

Compelling new evidence that rocky planets are commonplace in our Galaxy.

Colossal comet surprises scientists

Colossal comet surprises scientists

Record-breaking comet measured during spacecraft fly-by.