Supernova SN 2018gv, the bright blue point source in the bottom right of the galaxy pictured.

Scientists have made a major discovery about supernovae – the spectacular light that occurs when stars explode at the end of their lives. The discove(...)

Lt Ryan Graves, one of five US navy pilots who said  they saw unidentified flying objects in 2014 and 2015 during training manoeuvres off the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photograph: Tony Luong/The New York Times

The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the(...)

Katie Bouman was among a team of 200 researchers who contributed to the breakthrough to create the photograph of a black hole. Photograph: MIT CSAIL

As the first-ever picture of a black hole was unveiled this week, another image began making its way around the internet: a photo of a young scientist(...)

 A supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun is seen in an undated NASA artist’s concept illustration. Photograph:  NASA/Reuters

Scientists are expected to unveil next Wednesday the first photograph of a black hole, a breakthrough in astrophysics providing insight into celestial(...)

Astronomer Dr David Charbonneau, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the US, said: “Our ultimate goal is to find a twin Earth, but along the way we’ve found a twin Venus.” File photograph: Twitter

A Venus-like rocky planet 39 light years from Earth could provide astronomers with an early opportunity to study the atmosphere of a world outside our(...)