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Even ‘Goldilocks’ exoplanets need a well-behaved star

November 12, 2019

An exoplanet may seem like the perfect spot to set up housekeeping, but before you go there, take…
NASA’s TESS Presents Panorama of Southern Sky

November 6, 2019

The glow of the Milky Way — our galaxy seen edgewise — arcs across a sea of stars…
The Most Massive Galaxies Spin More Than Twice as Fast as the Milky Way

October 21, 2019

It’s a difficult thing to wrap your head around sometimes. Though it might feel stationary, planet Earth is…
The Milky Way kidnapped several tiny galaxies from its neighbor

October 11, 2019

Just like the moon orbits the Earth, and the Earth orbits the sun, galaxies orbit each other according…
Milky Way Raids Intergalactic “Bank Accounts” Hubble Study Finds

October 11, 2019

Audit of the Milky Way’s gas flow rates reveals a mysterious surplus of inflowing gas. Astronomers have discovered…
The violent history of the big galaxy next door

October 4, 2019

Astronomers have pieced together the cannibalistic past of the neighbouring large galaxy Andromeda, which has set its sights…
Two Ancient Migration Events in the Andromeda Galaxy

October 3, 2019

Astronomers have uncovered two historic events in which the Andromeda Galaxy underwent major changes to its structure. The…
Spitzer Spots a Starry Region Bursting With Bubbles

October 1, 2019

This infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust full of bubbles,…
Towering Balloon-like Features Discovered near Center of the Milky Way

September 12, 2019

An international team of astronomers has discovered one of the largest features ever observed in the center of…
Virtual ‘UniverseMachine’ sheds light on galaxy evolution

August 30, 2019

How do galaxies such as our Milky Way come into existence? How do they grow and change over…
NASA’s Spitzer Spies a Perfectly Sideways Galaxy

August 8, 2019

This image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope might look like a lightsaber floating in space, but it’s actually…
New 3D Milky Way model shows details of galactic “warp”

August 2, 2019

An international research team has built the most in-depth 3D model of the Milky Way galaxy to date,…
Milky Way’s central black hole puts Einstein’s theories to the test

July 26, 2019

University of California astronomers have tested Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity in the crucible of the monstrous black…
Gaia Mission is Mapping Out the Bar at the Center of the Milky Way

July 18, 2019

Despite the many advancements made in the field of astronomy, astronomers still struggle to get an accurate assessment…
Light dark matter a thousand times less likely to bump into regular matter

July 15, 2019

Light dark matter is a thousand times less likely to bump into regular matter than previous astrophysical analyses…
Spiraling Filaments Feed Young Galaxies

July 2, 2019

Galaxies grow by accumulating gas from their surroundings and converting it to stars, but the details of this…
Magnetic Field May Be Keeping Milky Way’s Black Hole Quiet

June 12, 2019

Supermassive black holes exist at the center of most galaxies, and our Milky Way is no exception. But…
Cool, Nebulous Ring Found Around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

June 7, 2019

Astrophysicists have discovered what appears to be a disk of cool gas wrapped around the supermassive black hole…
Cool, Nebulous Ring around Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

June 6, 2019

Through decades of study, astronomers have developed a clearer picture of the chaotic and crowded neighborhood surrounding the…
Where do new stars form in galaxies?

May 27, 2019

Spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way are studded with cold clouds of hydrogen gas and dust, like…
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Stellar Wilderness in Southern Skies

May 10, 2019

Watching the tranquil serenity of this picture, it is hard to believe the violent origin of the bright…
Pinpointing Gaia to Map the Milky Way

May 4, 2019

ESO’s VST helps determine the spacecraft’s orbit to enable the most accurate map ever of more than a…
Chimneys in the Milky Way

April 2, 2019

Matter and energy flowing from the centre of a galaxy are thought to play a key role in…
Pulsar Seen Speeding Away From the Supernova That Created it

March 25, 2019

When a star exhausts its nuclear fuel towards the end of its lifespan, it undergoes gravitational collapse and…
Galactic Center Visualization Delivers Star Power

March 21, 2019

Want to take a trip to the center of the Milky Way? Check out a new immersive, ultra-high-definition…
Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies will Look Like This after Collision Billions of Years from Now

March 14, 2019

What happens when two galaxies collide? The Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy are on a collision course,…
What Does the Milky Way Weigh? Hubble and Gaia Investigate

March 8, 2019

We can’t put the whole Milky Way on a scale, but astronomers have been able to come up…
Thanks to Gaia, We Now Know Exactly When We’ll be Colliding with Andromeda

February 13, 2019

Astronomers have known for some time that the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies will collide on some…
The Milky Way Is Warped

February 5, 2019

The first accurate 3D map of our galaxy reveals its true shape: warped and twisted. Astronomers from Macquarie…
Lucky find for Hubble – a new galaxy in the cosmic neighbourhood

February 4, 2019

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the oldest and faintest stars in the…
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