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What’s a halo made of? Scientists have new insights on the galactic kind

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The halo that surrounds our Milky Way galaxy is hotter and made up of different proportions of elements…
Collision helped make the Milky Way — and now we know when

3 days ago

Thanks to some astrophysical sleuthing, researchers have pinpointed an early galactic merger that helped shape the Milky Way.…
A Huge Wave is Passing Through the Milky Way Unleashing New Stellar Nurseries

January 10, 2020

Stars are formed within large clouds of gas and dust known as stellar nurseries. While star formation was…
Flying Observatory Maps Our Galaxy

January 6, 2020

SOFIA is an airborne observatory that flies up into the lower regions of the stratosphere, about 40,000 feet…
Berkeley student throws cold water on ‘monster’ black hole discovery

December 23, 2019

Sometimes, a blockbuster discovery is just too good to be true. UC Berkeley graduate student astronomer Kareem El-Badry…
Star formation in the Milky Way came in bursts

December 20, 2019

Two bursts of activity led to the formation of stars in the center of the Milky Way. New…
New image of candy cane-shaped feature in the center of our galaxy revealed

December 19, 2019

A team of astronomers has produced a new image of an arc-shaped object in the center of our…
ESO Telescope Images Stunning Central Region of Milky Way, Finds Ancient Star Burst

December 18, 2019

“Our unprecedented survey of a large part of the Galactic centre has given us detailed insights into the…
Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?

December 11, 2019

MIT physicists are reigniting the possibility, which they previously had snuffed out, that a bright burst of gamma…
This is the Milky Way’s Magnetic Field

December 11, 2019

The Milky Way galaxy has its own magnetic field. It’s extremely weak compared to Earth’s; thousands of times…
A New Way to Measure the Age of the Milky Way

December 9, 2019

Like many other spiral galaxies in the Universe, the Milky Way Galaxy consists of two disk-like structures –…
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…
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