Galaxies

Astronomers Find The Source Of The Huge Bubbles Of Gas Flowing Out Of The Milky Way, Still No Idea...

There’s an unusual paradox hampering research into parts of the Milky Way. Dense gas blocks observations of the galactic core, and it can be difficult to observe in visible light from our vantage point. But distant galaxies don’t always...
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Crisis In Cosmology

The two main components of the Universe that we’re familiar with are ordinary matter and light. The matter is mostly atoms, and the light mostly microwaves. The matter is strongly clumped together to make stars and galaxies separated by vast...
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Hubble Space Telescope Makes Surprising Discovery In Ancient Star Formation

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers was able to make an important discovery regarding the formation of the first generation of stars and galaxies in the universe. According to the astronomers, these cosmic objects may have formed...
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Barred Spiral Ngc 3895 Captured By Hubble

NGC 3895 is a barred spiral galaxy in the Ursa Major constellation. It’s about 145 million light years away from our home, the Milky Way, and its diameter is about 45,000 light years. William Herschel discovered it way back in 1790. Now the...
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Zooming In On The Origins Of Fast Radio Bursts

Astronomers have peered into the home galaxies of fast radio bursts, ruling out supermassive black holes as a cause and bringing us a step closer to understanding the origins of these mysterious signals from outer space.
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Out-evolving Coronavirus By Evolving Our Own Scientific Ingenuity And Social Practices

If there is one thing that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed, it is that there is much that we still don't know about the world around us. Forget about the trillions—okay, more than trillions—of galaxies in the universe that we'll never...
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Class Of Stellar Explosions Found To Be Galactic Producers Of Lithium

Astrophysicists have combined theory with both observations and laboratory studies and determined that a class of stellar explosions, called classical novae, are responsible for most of the lithium in our galaxy and solar system.
Related topics: Lithium, Astrophysics, Space

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Asymmetry Found In Spin Directions Of Galaxies

The patterns formed by spiral galaxies show that the universe may have a defined structure and suggest that the early universe could have been spinning, according to a computational astronomer.
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The Milky Way Has One Very Hot Halo, Astronomers Find

The halo that surrounds our own Milky Way galaxy is much hotter than scientists once believed—and it may not be unique among galaxies.
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Mergers Between Galaxies Trigger Activity In Their Core

Active galactic nuclei (AGNs) play a major role in galaxy evolution. Astronomers from SRON and RuG have now used a record-setting sample of galaxies to confirm that galaxy mergers have a positive effect on igniting AGNs. They were able to compile...
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Image: Hubble Grabs A Stellar Latte

Far away in the Ursa Major constellation is a swirling galaxy that would not look out of place on a coffee made by a starry-eyed barista. NGC 3895 is a barred spiral galaxy that was first spotted by William Herschel in 1790 and was later observed by...
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A Deep Dive Into Better Understanding Nitrogen Impacts

A key atomic building block for all living organisms and one of the most abundant elements in the galaxy, nitrogen is an essential part of our ecosystem. But for our ecosystem to function, nitrogen-based compounds must cycle through air, water, and...
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Alma Discovers Ancient Rotating Disc Galaxy That Challenges Traditional Models

Researchers have made an interesting discovery using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array or ALMA. The discovery is a massive rotating disc galaxy as seen when the universe was only 10% of its current age. The discovery of this galaxy...
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Mystery Of Gigantic X-ray Space Bubbles In Our Galaxy's Heart Tackled By Scientists

The researchers postulate that the "bubbles" in question could've formed during a million year-long process which began with a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy emitting jets of ionized matter.
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This Dwarf Galaxy Is All By Itself

In these days of social distancing, it appears this beautiful little galaxy is leading by example, sitting all by itself in the middle of a cosmic void. KK 246, also known as ESO 461-036, is a dwarf irregular galaxy, and ESA aptly described this...
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Space 'ring Of Fire': Ancient Galaxy That Makes Stars Faster Than Milky Way Discovered

The galaxy's peculiar shape is apparently a product of a collision with some sort of object that literally punched a hole in the middle of the former, billions of years ago.
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What This Massive Rotating Disk Galaxy Tells Us About Our Early Universe

Current models of massive galaxy formation suggest that they evolve as part of a slow growth process, gradually increasing in size through mergers with smaller galaxies and the accumulation of clumps of hot gas. This means that most galaxies should...
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Scientists Observe Strange Lights In The Heart Of The Milky Way

Astronomers in Japan observe periodic lights coming from the region near the black hole at the center of our galaxy.The twinkling may be produced by hot spots in the accretion disk around the black hole.The mysterious region studied features extreme...
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Astronomers Spot A Galaxy Shaped Like A Donut, And It Looks Delicious

Scientists found a donut-shaped galaxy hiding out 11 billion light-years from Earth. The galaxy is making stars at an incredibly fast pace. Researchers believe it got its shape due to a collision with another galaxy. Well, it looks like...
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Galactic Crash May Have Triggered Solar System Formation

The formation of the Sun, the Solar System and the subsequent emergence of life on Earth may be a consequence of a collision between our galaxy, the Milky Way, and a smaller galaxy called Sagittarius, discovered in the 1990s to be orbiting our...
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