Spiraling Stars Help Explain Early Universe

Spiraling stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud are the subject of a recent study in ‘The Astrophysical Journal.’ Find out how their spiral motions help explain the “baby boom” of star formation shortly after the Big Bang.

‘Black Widow’ Binary Star Found – Shortest Orbit Ever

Black widow binary stars consist of a neutron star consuming a nearby companion star. Find out how scientists used a new technique to find one of these rare systems, and why their discovery has two other unique characteristics.

Bing Bang Afterglow - Galaxy with Halo - Messier 94

Big Bang Afterglow Showing How Galaxies Form

The Big Bang Afterglow is known as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Discover how combining CMB data with galactic observations is unlocking the secret of galaxy formation. (4:30 min read)

Tidal Dwarf Galaxy in Front of Spiral Galaxy

Tidal Dwarf Galaxy Reveals Clues About Star Formation

A tidal dwarf galaxy has been the target of an international research team. Discover how their discoveries challenge what we thought we knew about how stars form. (4:30 min read)