If a galaxy is seen as a peach, the standard cosmological model portrays dark matter as the ‘pit at its centre’. Now a study of two dwarf galaxies by astrophysicists at the Institute of Astronomy suggests that dark matter is evenly distributed to make a ‘pitless peach’.
An international team of astronomers have identified a thick stellar disc in the Andromeda galaxy, which will help them to understand more about how our own Milky Way and other galaxies evolved.
An international team of astronomers have presented the first conclusive evidence for a dramatic surge in star birth in a recently discovered population of massive galaxies in the early Universe.
Astronomer Royal Martin Rees believes that planets resembling Earth may be discovered in the next two to three years – although it may take a further 20 years before we are able to capture an image of them.
It's space, but is it art? Stunning images of the galaxy are fast becoming common currency thanks to technology like the Hubble Space Telescope, but a unique investigation at the University of Cambridge this week will seek to determine whether something strange is going on behind the scenes.