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elliptical galaxy M87
2014-04-30 12:25:17

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics The galaxy known as M87 has a fastball that would be the envy of any baseball pitcher. It has thrown an entire star cluster toward us at more than two million miles per hour. The newly discovered cluster, which astronomers named HVGC-1, is now on a fast journey to nowhere. Its fate: to drift through the void between the galaxies for all time. "Astronomers have found runaway stars before, but this is the first time we've found a runaway star...

Scientists Create The First 360-Degree Virtual Map Of The Milky Way
2014-03-21 07:25:44

[ Watch the Video: 360-Degree View of the Milky Way ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has been busy studying stars, asteroids, galaxies and other outer space objects over the past 10 years and a University of Wisconsin team of scientists has now used more than two million images produced by Spitzer to create a virtual 360-degree mosaic of our Milky Way. The team presented the new interactive map Thursday at the TEDActive 2014...

2014-03-20 16:21:06

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA's new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. "If we actually printed this out, we'd...

Collage of galaxies in the Herschel Reference Survey
2014-03-18 19:58:57

ESA The largest census of dust in local galaxies has been completed using data from ESA’s Herschel space observatory, providing a huge legacy to the scientific community. Cosmic dust grains are a minor but fundamental ingredient in the recipe of gas and dust for creating stars and planets. But despite its importance, there is an incomplete picture of the dust properties in galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. Key questions include how the dust varies with the type of galaxy, and how...

Spiral Galaxy M81 is an example of a fat bulgy galaxy
2014-02-28 11:19:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of Australian astrophysicists has shown that the shape of a galaxy is determined by how fast it spins, according to a new report in The Astrophysical Journal. Part of “The Evolving Universe” research series at the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) in Australia, the new study concluded that fatter spiral galaxies are relatively slow spinning, while thinner spiral galaxies are rotating are higher...

Giant Gas Cloud Spotted By Telescope On Antarctica's Ridge A
2014-02-21 08:19:35

Deborah Smith, University of New South Wales Using a telescope installed at the driest place on earth - Ridge A in Antarctica – a UNSW-led team of researchers has identified a giant gas cloud which appears to be in an early stage of formation. Giant clouds of molecular gas – the most massive objects in our galaxy – are the birthplaces of stars. "This newly discovered gas cloud is shaped like a very long filament, about 200 light years in extent and ten light years across, with...

Large Magellanic Cloud Completes One Rotation Every 250M Years
2014-02-18 13:13:39

[ Watch the Video: Large Magellanic Cloud Rotation Cycle ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) completes a rotation every 250 million years. The team used Hubble to measure the average motion of hundreds of individual stars in the nearby galaxy, which is located about 170,000 light-years from Earth. "Studying this nearby galaxy by tracking the stars' movements gives us a...

2014-02-18 12:36:25

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) According to their analysis, the central part of the neighboring galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), completes a rotation every 250 million years. It takes our sun the same...

ESA's Gaia Mission Is Beginning To See Things More Clearly
2014-02-06 13:37:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) billion-star surveyor mission is slowly beginning to see more clearly. ESA’s Gaia launched on December 19, 2013, and since then it has been preparing for its mission to gather loads of data on stars that surround us. Gaia took a test image of a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud as part of a “fine tuning” test to get the spacecraft into focus. The new image is allowing ESA...

ultramassive black hole
2014-01-24 04:20:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and a host of other telescopes, astronomers have managed to locate one of the most powerful black holes ever discovered – a gravity-intense region of space that is located nearly four billion light years from Earth and has prevented trillions of stars from forming. This black hole, which is located in a galaxy cluster known as RX J1532.9+3021 (or RX J1532 for short), has created gigantic...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

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...

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