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When Star Clusters Collide: Hubble
2012-08-16 15:08:22

The Hubble Space Telescope has been keeping its eyes fixed on two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging.

Milky Way
2012-06-29 04:45:45

Astronomers from Canada and the U.S. have found that the Milky Way galaxy may have recently had an encounter with one of its surrounding smaller satellite galaxies.

Neighboring Black Hole Set To Collide With Gas Cloud In 2013
2012-06-27 05:08:04

According to a post by the European Research Media Center, the black hole in the center of our galaxy is about to meet up with a giant gas cloud in 2013.

Wide-field view of the Andromeda Galaxy
2012-06-02 08:41:25

Unfortunately, stars don't have birth certificates. So, astronomers have a tough time figuring out their ages. Knowing a star's age is critical for understanding how our Milky Way galaxy built itself up over billions of years from smaller galaxies.

APEX Captures Stunning Image Of Dust Near Orion's Belt
2012-05-02 12:52:36

A new image of the region surrounding the reflection nebula Messier 78, just to the north of Orion’s Belt, shows clouds of cosmic dust threaded through the nebula like a string of pearls.

Image 1 - Astronomers Find Hypervelocity Stars Ejected From The Galactic Core
2012-05-01 02:53:18

It’s very difficult to kick a star out of the galaxy. In fact, the primary mechanism that astronomers have come up with that can give a star the two-million-plus mile-per-hour kick it takes requires a close encounter with the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core.

What Fuels Black Hole Growth?
2012-04-03 04:46:20

Black holes are very efficient eating machines… They can double their mass in less than a billion years. That may seem long by human standards, but over the history of the Galaxy it's pretty fast.

2012-03-30 07:57:46

Idan Ginsburg, a graduate student in Dartmouth's Department of Physics and Astronomy, studies some of the fastest moving objects in the cosmos.

Runaway Planets At 30 Million Miles Per Hour Possible
2012-03-22 13:27:20

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics researchers have determined that some planets are flying around in space at 30 million miles per hour.

Image 1 - Scientists Chart High-Precision Map Of Milky Way's Magnetic Fields
2012-02-04 04:20:03

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory are part of an international team that has pooled their radio observations into a database, producing the highest precision map to date of the magnetic field within our own Milky Way galaxy.


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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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