The Hubble Space Telescope is working with the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array radio observatory to survey nearby galactic environments to learn more about how they influence the formation of stars and star clusters. One of the galaxies imaged by Hubble for the PHANGS-ALMA survey, the Great Barred Spiral in the constellation Fornax is a prime example, showing off hundreds of infant stars and enormous regions ablaze in blue and orange swirls of gas and dust that will provide the raw material for future generations. Known as NGC 1365, the galaxy is located some 60 million light years from Earth.
It may be famous for hosting the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) and 47 Tucanae, the second brightest globular cluster in the night sky, but the southern constellation of Tucana (The Toucan) also possesses a variety of unsung cosmic beauties. One such beauty is NGC 299, an open star cluster located within the SMC just under 200,000 light-years away.
Haumea, a dwarf planet on the edge of our solar system, doesn’t have the same kind of moons as its well-known cousin Pluto according to a new study. This is despite original evidence that suggested they both formed in similar giant impacts and adds to the mystery shrouding how these icy bodies formed.