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

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.

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

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.

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

Scientists using the NASA 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 away from Earth.

2014-02-18 12:36:25

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

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) billion-star surveyor mission is slowly beginning to see more clearly. The Gaia spacecraft took a test image of a dense star of clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud to help fine tune its instruments.

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

Astronomers have located 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.

ESA Confirms Inside Out Model Milky Way
2014-01-20 11:40:56

New research from the Gaia-ESO project confirmed previous theories on the inside-out development of the Milky Way, which holds that the inner regions of the galaxy’s disc were the first to form.

Hypervelocity Stars Escape Galaxy
2014-01-10 08:44:12

A surprising new class of hypervelocity stars has been discovered by an international team of astronomers.

World Premiere Of Planetarium Show 'Journey To A Billion Suns'
2014-01-08 11:12:27

A new planetarium show, Journey to a billion Suns, premieres today in Hamburg, Germany, to tell the fascinating story of mapping the Milky Way, from ancient times to ESA’s recently launched Gaia mission.

Study Of Massive Stars Shows Milky Way's Missing Arms
2013-12-17 08:54:09

A 12-year study of massive stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of debate sparked by images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope that only showed two arms.


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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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