Top 10 space stories of 2012
Astronomers found tiny galaxies ferociously forming stars, the most advanced planetary rover safely touched down on Mars, physicists discovered a particle they’ve been seeking for 40 years, and more.
NASA/ESA/A. van der Wel (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy)/H. Ferguson and A. Koekemoer (Space Telescope Science Institute)/The CANDELS team
10. Dwarf galaxies and stellar formation
Dwarf galaxies that lived about 9 to 10 billion years ago had bursts of star formation, which implies that many, if not most, of the stars in such galaxies in the present-day universe form in the same way. This image shows 18 of the 69 galaxies studied.