Meet Nancy Grace Roman, the "mother" of the Hubble Space Telescope

She discovered fundamental truths about stars and galaxies, and also shaped NASA into what we know it as today

The first ever image of a black hole's swirling magnetic field is released

The Event Horizon Telescope has taken a new image of black hole M87, revealing its magnetic field

Combined optical and X-ray image of Uranus.

Combined optical and X-ray image of Uranus. 

Chandra image gallery. X-ray: NASA/CXO/University College London/W. Dunn et al; Optical: W.M. Keck Observatory.

Uranus emits extra x-rays, and scientists don't know why

They could be just reflections, or Uranus could have its own version of the Northern Lights

Two mistakes by a pair of astronomers expanded our knowledge of dying stars

Wade and Hjellming were initially looking for red supergiants. They didn't find them, but that doesn't mean they failed

Astronomers are turning orbits and planetary rings into mournful, loud music

Modern astronomers are picking up where Kepler left off. In Mars's winds and Saturn's rings, they find music

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How to become a galaxy hunter: an interview with Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

The University of Chicago astronomer talks about getting a galaxy named after herself and fighting for telescope time

The fight for Mauna Kea and the future of science

Native Hawaiian consortium scientist Sara Kahanamoku redefines science in the shadow of Mauna Kea

Meet Maria Mitchell, the first American to discover a comet

She imagined what potential there would be if women were allowed to pursue something they were passionate about

Meet Vera Rubin, the stargazer who predicted dark matter

From childhood, she preferred 'to stay up and watch the stars than go to sleep'

black and white photo of an old telescope

Searching for bird poop helped us understand the origins of the universe

How do you win a Nobel Prize? Persistence, patience and some very stubborn birds.