This is an artist impression showing the detection of a rapid and repeated radio burst seen in blue, which is in orbit with a pink-viewed astrophysical object. The rapid radio bursts, which make a huge impact by leaving your host galaxy in a brilliant blast of radio waves, have helped to detect “missing matter” in the universe.
A new type of explosion was found in a small galaxy 500 million light years from Earth. This type of explosion is known as a fast blue optical transient.
Astronomers have discovered a rare type of galaxy described as a “ring of cosmic fire.” This artist’s illustration shows the galaxy as it existed 11 billion years ago. This is an artistic impression of the Wolfe Disk, a massive spinning disk galaxy in the early universe.
A bright yellow “twist” near the center of this image shows where a planet may be forming around the star AB Aurigae. The image was captured by the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory.
This artist’s illustration shows the orbits of two stars and an invisible black hole 1,000 light-years from Earth. This system includes a star (small orbit seen in blue) that orbits a newly discovered black hole (orbit in red), as well as a third star in a wider orbit (also in blue). This illustration shows the core of a star, known as a white dwarf, orbiting a black hole. During each orbit, the black hole rips more material from the star and forces it into a shiny disk of material around the black hole. Before its encounter with the black hole, the star was a red giant in the later stages of stellar evolution.
This artist’s illustration shows the collision of two icy and dusty 125-mile-wide bodies orbiting the bright star Fomalhaut, 25 light-years away. Observation of the consequences of this collision was once thought to be an exoplanet. This is an artist’s impression of the interstellar comet 2I / Borisov as it travels through our solar system. New observations detected carbon monixide in the comet’s tail when the sun warmed the comet.This rosette pattern is the orbit of a star, called S2, around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.