Latest Galactic astronomy Stories
Citizen scientists scanning thousands of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope helped NASA scientists discover mysterious objects which have now been identified as a phase of massive star formation, officials at the US space agency announced on Tuesday.
Detailed analysis of different stellar populations in the disk of Andromeda suggests the galaxy may have had a far more violent history of mergers with smaller galaxies than the Milky Way, researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz report in a new study.
Stars reveal how old they are through their spin rate, and just as we humans slow down as we grow older, so do the massive, luminous balls of plasma found in space, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature.
While the pastel tones and fine texture of this image may bring to mind brush strokes on an artist’s canvas, they are in fact a visualization of data from ESA’s Planck satellite.
Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling.
UCSB astrophysicist uses data gathered by a Russian spacecraft to bring science one step closer to figuring out the mysteries of our galaxy’s core.
VLT observations of Messier 54 show the lithium problem also applies outside our galaxy.
Lupus 4, a spider-shaped blob of gas and dust, blots out background stars like a dark cloud on a moonless night in this intriguing new image. Although gloomy for now, dense pockets of material within clouds such as Lupus 4 are where new stars form and where they will later burst into radiant life.
The largest catalog ever assembled for stellar compositions was unveiled this week is critical to understanding the properties of stars, the mechanism of their formation, and the possible connections with orbiting planets.
Milky Way Galaxy -- The Milky Way (a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, in turn derived from the Greek Galaxia (gala, galactos means "milk")) is a hazy band of white light across the night sky formed by billions of stars in the disc of our galaxy. The Milky Way appears brightest in the direction of Sagittarius, where the galactic centre lies. Relative to the celestial equator, the Milky Way passes as far north as the constellation of Cassiopeia and as far south as the constellation of...
- totally perplexed and mixed up.