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Young Supernova Remnant Discovered By NASA’s Swift Satellite
2013-03-16 10:18:20

NASA’s Swift space observatory detected the previously undiscovered remains of a supernova during an extensive X-ray survey of the Milky Way.

Are We There Yet? Astronomers Measure Distance To Neighboring Galaxy
2013-03-06 12:13:52

Astronomers have now accurately measured the distance to our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud after using observations of eclipsing binaries.

Scientists Recreate Spiral Arms Of Ancient Milky Way
2013-03-04 19:11:57

A pair of French scientists has been able to recreate how the Milky Way’s spiral arms looked millions of years ago.

What Is Dark Matter Podcast
2013-02-27 13:12:35

In today's Your Universe Today Podcast, Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist Dr. Matthew Walker explores the question: "What is Dark Matter?"

Stellar Motions In Outer Halo Reveal Evidence Of Milky Way Evolution
2013-02-22 11:40:05

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to peer deep into the vast stellar halo that envelopes our galaxy have uncovered tantalizing evidence for the possible existence of a shell of stars that are a relic of cannibalism by our Milky Way.

Crowded Star Clusters Defy Simple View Of Gravity
2013-02-21 09:00:07

On large astronomical scales, gravity remains the dominant force acting on heavenly bodies. But when it comes to young clusters of stars, researchers say these crowded environments cannot be fully accounted for by a simple view of gravity.

Astronomers Capture Rare Glimpse Of Star-Forming Region In Visible Light
2013-01-16 07:00:46

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) released a stunning new image of a dark cloud where new stars are forming, along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already emerged from the stellar nursery.

First “Bone” In The Milky Way Discovered At CfA
2013-01-09 11:26:21

Astronomers affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have discovered a new "bone" in the structure of the Milky Way – a lengthy tendril comprised of dust and gas.

Stellar Patrons Of The Milky Way Bar Identified By Astronomers
2012-12-19 15:03:31

Forget the restaurant at the end of the Universe — astronomers now have the clearest understanding yet of the bar at the center of the Milky Way.

Astronomers Need Your Help Looking For Space Anomalies
2012-12-19 13:55:27

Astronomers are reaching out to the public and asking for a little help in a study to find holes in dust clouds.


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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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