The extreme conditions may have also help kickstart life on other worlds
Our new celestial companions could help us understand how our Galaxy formed
The discovery of a galactic collision that has formed a ring of light close to home has shown that such phenomena can occur around smaller galaxies than previously thought.
Read our pick of the best astronomy and space-related events occurring at the British Science Festival 2015.
Supernovae in empty space may have been thrown out of merging galaxies
A new telescope that is helping astronomers learn more about exoplanets has made its first major discovery; a young Jupiter-like planet beyond the Solar System.
The tiniest supermassive black hole ever found at the centre of a galaxy is providing clues as to how black holes formed along with their host galaxies.
The energy output of the Universe is half of what it used to be
Two studies into elliptical galaxies' star formation have revealed a self-regulating system powered by the jets of black holes.
Dawn has sent back a video of some of Ceres' most intriguing features, causing scientists to ask new questions about the surface of the dwarf planet.
New images captured show M81's tidal stripping process for the first time.
Black holes, long thought to be the Universe's unrivalled producer of powerful jets of material blasting into space, could have a new rival in the form of neutron stars.
Swiss astronomers are reporting the discovery of a planetary system containing three super-Earths and an giant planet in outer orbit.
Eight months after landing, what has Philae discovered?
An ongoing hunt to find exoplanets orbiting far from their own star has made a welcome discovery.
The discovery of aurora on a low-mass star 18 lightyears from Earth is teaching scientists more about the outer atmospheres of exoplanets.
New data released by NASA from the Dawn mission in the form of colourful maps shows the peaks and troughs on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres.
A pair of astrophotographers are currently preparing the project of a lifetime; a 338km hike along America’s famous John Muir Trail to photograph the night sky through the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California.
A study of cosmic winds is revealing more about how they effect the evolution of galaxies.
An analysis of a patch of still-forming brown dwarfs shows they may propel jets outward from a surrounding disc in much the same way as young forming stars.