SPHERE Reveals Fascinating Zoo of Discs Around Young Stars

New images from the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope are revealing the dusty discs surrounding nearby young...

Dead Star Circled by Light

New images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other telescopes reveal a rich landscape of stars and glowing clouds...

Chinese Space Lab Burns Up in the Atmosphere

A defunct Chinese space lab met its expected end early Monday morning as its remaining fragments plunged into the South Pacific

Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at 76

World-renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, who sought to understand a range of cosmic topics from the beginning of the universe to the intricacies of black holes, died Wednesday at the age of 76.

ALMA Reveals Inner Web of Stellar Nursery

New data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and other telescopes have been used to create this...

MATISSE Instrument Sees First Light on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer

The new MATISSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has now successfully made its first...

TRAPPIST-1 Planets Probably Rich in Water

A new study has found that the seven planets orbiting the nearby ultra-cool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 are all made mostly of rock...

Glory From Gloom

A dark cloud of cosmic dust snakes across this spectacular wide field image, illuminated by the brilliant light of new stars...