Milky Way

Who Is This See-through Alien?

"Who is this alien?" is Mashable’s enduring series about the exceptionally peculiar critters that inhabit a relatively small, ocean-dominated world in the outer realms of the Milky Way galaxy, called Earth. Many of these lifeforms,...
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Space Photos Of The Week: Salt Of The Jupiter Moon

Plus: gamma rays, InSight’s claw, and the Milky Way’s chill black hole.
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Strange Ripples In The Milky Way Suggest It Collided With Another Galaxy

The Milky Way features odd ripples and scientists think a newly-discovered dwarf galaxy is the culprit.       
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Did Dark Matter Punch A Hole In The Milky Way?

An artist's rendition shows the dark matter halo (blue) that astronomers believe surrounds the Milky Way. (Credit: ESO/L. Calçada) A massive clump of dark matter may have plowed through a conga line of stars streaming around the Milky Way,...
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Why Do Massive (and Not-so-massive) Stars Form?

The Milky Way Project: Probing Star Formation with a New Yellowball Catalog presents a study of 518 infant star-forming regions known as "Yellowballs," drawn from a catalog made possible by the efforts of citizen scientists. The Milky Way Project is...
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Crash With Antlia 2 Gave The Milky Way The Ripples In Its Outer Disc, New Evidence Shows

The newly-discovered dark dwarf galaxy Antlia 2's collision with the Milky Way may be responsible for our galaxy's characteristic ripples in its outer disc, according to a new study.
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New Evidence Shows Crash With Antlia 2 Gave The Milky Way The Ripples In Its Outer Disc

The newly-discovered dark dwarf galaxy Antlia 2's collision with the Milky Way may be responsible for our galaxy's characteristic ripples in its outer disc, according to a study led by Rochester Institute of Technology Assistant Professor Sukanya...
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Scientists Say That “superflares” Could Threaten Earth One Day

Astronomers have been looking at the edges of the Milky Way galaxy have seen some very intense superflares originating from stars. The exact reasons for a superflare aren’t understood, but superflares eject huge bursts of energy that can be...
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This Gorgeous Spiral Galaxy Photo May Hold Clues About Our Milky Way's Inner Workings

A beautiful new Hubble Space Telescope image of a barred spiral galaxy shows a scene similar to what outside observers might see when they look at our own Milky Way.
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Rising Milky Way Shines Bright In Portugal's Darkest Skies (video)

When observed from the darkest of skies, the Milky Way galaxy can glitter and gleam with all the colors of the rainbow.
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Cool Gas Circles The Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole

A new study reveals surprising new details about our galaxy’s shadowy core -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A Cool, Gassy ‘disk’ Is Wrapping Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

The neighborhood surrounding the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is bustling with cosmic and gaseous activity, however, astronomers have not been able to capture most accreting gas movement. Now, new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter...
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The Universe Reveals Its True Colors In This Stunning Milky Way Photo

Our eyes are not so good at distinguishing colors in darkness, but a simple DSLR camera can show us that the universe is anything but black.
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This Weird Galaxy Is Creeping Up On Our Milky Way

A gorgeous new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope depicts Messier 90, a spiral galaxy roughly 60 million light-years away from our own Milky Way — but getting closer.
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Three Ancient Globular Clusters Found In The Galactic Bulge

Three old and metal-poor globular clusters have been spotted in the Milky Way's bulge. The newly found clusters, designated Camargo 1107, 1108 and 1109, could offer important clues on structure and nature of the central region of our galaxy. The...
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The Mighty Milky Way

Our galaxy is far bigger, brighter and more massive than most others -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Chemistry Of Stars Sheds New Light On The Gaia Sausage

Chemical traces in the atmospheres of stars are being used to uncover new information about a galaxy, known as the Gaia Sausage, which was involved in a major collision with the Milky Way billions of years ago.
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'finding Our Place In The Universe' Details Quest For Earth's Supercluster: Author Q&a

The newly translated book "Finding Our Place in the Universe" details how scientists discovered the vast supercluster of galaxies that contains the Milky Way.
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Scientists Are Puzzled By Unknown Substance Punching Holes In Our Galaxy

A mysterious "dark impactor" is blasting holes in the Milky Way and no telescope on Earth is able to detect what exactly this “dense bullet of something" is.
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The Biggest Star In The Universe Is A Monster Next To Our Sun

A hypergiant near the center of the Milky Way is the biggest star we know of, making the sun look like a dust speck.        
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