Milky Way

These Time-lapses From The Space Station Show Off Earth's Full Beauty

Get an astronaut’s view of auroras, stars, and the Milky Way surrounding our beautiful planet. 12,500 images taken by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst were combined to create the incredible time-lapses of Earth seen from the...
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Where Are New Stars Born? Nasa's Webb Telescope Will Investigate

Though our Milky Way galaxy continues to churn out the equivalent of one Sun every year, in the past, that rate was up to one hundred times greater. To understand how stars like our Sun formed, we need to look back billions of years into the past....
Related topics: NASA, Space, Telescopes, Sun

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New Planet Discovered In Orbit Of Young Milky Way Star

A second planet has been discovered circling Beta Pictoris, a fledgling star in our own galaxy offering astronomers a rare glimpse of a planetary system in the making, according to a study published Monday.
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Supermassive Black Hole 'wakes Up', Starts Flashing '75 Times Brighter Than Ever Before'

It was dormant for more than 20 years, exhibiting very little fluctuations in light. Then one day, it woke up, baffling astronomers around the world. A supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way called Sagittarius A* has just started...
Related topics: Black Holes, Space

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The Supermassive Black Hole At The Center Of Our Galaxy Suddenly Lit Up Brighter Than Scientists...

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy suddenly flashed twice as brightly as scientists had ever seen in 20 years of observation. Nobody knows what caused the flash, but two objects that passed near the black hole in 2014...
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Supercomputer Generates Virtual Universes To Study Galaxy Formation

Scientists used a supercomputer to generate millions of different universes, each of which obeyed different physical theories for how galaxies should form (via NASA/ESA/STScI) We’re still not sure exactly how our Milky Way...
Related topics: Galaxies, Space, NASA, European Space Agency

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Life May Be Common In The Milky Way, Thanks To Comet Swapping

Life has had plenty of opportunities to spread throughout the Milky Way galaxy over the eons — and our own Earth could be one of the key dispersal points.
Related topics: Space, Comets, Galaxies

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Astronomers Identify Dozens Of New Beta Cephei Stars

Using the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT), astronomers have detected 86 new Beta Cephei (β Cep) stars in the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery, detailed in a paper published July 26 on the arXiv pre-print repository, greatly improves the...
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Bits Of Corpse From One Of The Universe's Oldest Stars Found Inside Its 'child'

An ancient star in the Milky Way holds traces of another star that was among the oldest in the universe.
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Best Milky Way Map Yet Confirms Our Galaxy Is Warped And Twisted - Cnet

Six years of study and 206,726 images of the sky brought you this incredible galactic map.
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Researchers Propose Way To Map Millions Of Black Holes ‘lurking’ In Milky Way

Scientists have shared their vision of how to make hordes of black holes missing in the universe, all varying in size, finally come out of their hiding.
Related topics: Space, Black Holes

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Hubble Photo Shows What A Side View Of The Milky Way Might Look Like

We may never leave our Milky Way galaxy and see it from the outside, but the Hubble Space Telescope at least helps us imagine that view. A newly shared Hubble image that NASA posted on Friday takes a look at NGC 3432. This not-too-distant celestial...
Related topics: Telescopes, Hubble Space Telescope, Science Photos, Space, Galaxies, NASA

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August Is A Great Time To Spot The Milky Way's Dark Rift

You know that dark band running through the Milky Way? That's the Great Rift, aka the Dark Rift, and now's a good time to catch it.       
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Scientists Map The Milky Way In Three Dimensions

Scientists have known for a long time that the shape of the Milky Way galaxy we call home is a typical barred spiral galaxy. The galaxy has a bar-shaped core region surrounded by a flat disc of gas, dust, and stars. The disc of our galaxy has four...
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Star Spotted Hurtling From Milky Way’s Center At 1,000 Miles Per Second

A star has been discovered that emerged from the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, shooting it into the cosmos at ridiculous speeds.       
Related topics: Space, Scientific Discoveries, Black Holes, Galaxies

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The Galaxy Is Not Flat, Researchers Show In New 3d Model Of The Milky Way

Six years of tracking a special class of star have yielded a new and improved 3D model of our galaxy, based on direct observation rather than theoretical frameworks. And although no one ever really thought the Milky Way was flat flat, the curves at...
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What Did The Early Milky Way Look Like?

In the very early days of our Universe, just over 13 billion years ago, there was very little structure. There were stars, and they were forming at a rapid rate, kicking off what’s known as the Stelliferous Era. But the enormous, majestic...
Related topics: Space, Galaxies

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Production Sites Of Stars Are Rare

Astronomers using the Nobeyama Radio Obeservatory (NRO) 45-m telescope found that high-density gas, the material for stars, accounts for only 3% of the total mass of gas distributed in the Milky Way. This result provides key information for...
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Einstein Was Right (again)! General Relativity Passes Another Test

By analyzing the gravitational tug of the Milky Way's giant black hole on a nearby star, astronomers have shown that Einstein's ideas about space and time still hold true as the best description yet of how gravity works.
Related topics: Albert Einstein, Relativity, Space, Black Holes

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Nasa Releases Magnificent New Images Of The Milky Way - Cnet

It's the Chandra X-ray Observatory's 20th anniversary, and NASA is celebrating in celestial style.
Related topics: NASA, Space, Anniversaries

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