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Image 1 - Gas Cloud En Route To Milky Way's Black Hole
2011-12-15 05:40:29

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] | [ Video 3 ] | The massive black hole at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy is destined to be invaded by a gas cloud, creating a violent encounter, according to astronomers. The supermassive black hole in the Milky Way is close enough for astronomers to study in detail, so the encounter could provide a unique chance for scientist to observe what until now has only been theorized. The astronomers plan to find out how a black hole eats up gas, dust and stars...

Image 1 - Neighboring Galaxy Could Hold Clues To Star Formation
2011-12-01 04:35:48

Led by University of Illinois astronomy professor Tony Wong, the researchers published their findings in the December issue of the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a popular galaxy among astronomers both for its nearness to our Milky Way and for the spectacular view it provides, a big-picture vista impossible to capture of our own galaxy. “If you imagine a galaxy being a disc, the LMC is tilted almost face-on so we can look down on it,...

APEX Provides New View Of Carina Nebula Star Formation
2011-11-16 10:11:45

[ Watch the Video ] Observations made with the APEX telescope in submillimeter-wavelength light reveal the cold dusty clouds from which stars form in the Carina Nebula. This site of violent star formation, which plays host to some of the highest-mass stars in our galaxy, is an ideal arena in which to study the interactions between these young stars and their parent molecular clouds. Using the LABOCA camera on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope on the plateau of...

Image 1 - Ancient Stars Hint At Prehistory Of The Milky Way
2011-11-16 03:58:29

Some of the oldest stars in the Milky Way — a kind of stellar fossils in the outer reaches of our galaxy, contain abnormally large amounts of heavy elements like gold, platinum and uranium. Where these large amounts came from has been a mystery for researchers, since they are usually seen in much later generations of stars. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have been studying these ancient stars for several years with ESO's giant telescopes in Chile in order to trace the origin of...

GALEX Finds Stellar Extremophiles
2011-11-08 10:03:53

[ Watch the Video ] Back in the 1970s, biologists were amazed to discover a form of life they never expected.  Tiny microorganisms with ancient DNA were living in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park.  Instead of dissolving in the boiling waters, the microbes were thriving, ringing the springs with vibrant color. Scientists coined the term extremophile, which means "extreme-loving", to describe the creatures--and the hunt was on for more.  Soon, extremophiles were...

2011-11-02 21:23:39

RIT professor co-authors Nature article and Gemini Observatory's 1,000th paper The discovery of 13 diffuse interstellar bands with the longest wavelengths to date could someday solve a 90-year-old mystery. Astronomers have identified the new bands using data collected by the Gemini North telescope of stars in the center of the Milky Way. Nature reports on its website today findings that support recent ideas about the presence of large, possibly carbon-based organic...

Researchers Explain How The Milky Way Killed Off Its Satellites
2011-10-18 08:09:33

Two researchers from Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg have revealed for the first time the existence of a new signature of the birth of the first stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. More than 12 billion years ago, the intense ultraviolet light from these stars dispersed the gas of our Galaxy's nearest companions, virtually putting a halt to their ability to form stars and consigning them to a dim future. Now Pierre Ocvirk and Dominique Aubert, members of the Light in the Dark Ages of...

How Did Single Stars Lose Their Companions
2011-09-16 07:12:23

  Not all stars are loners. In our home galaxy, the Milky Way, about half of all stars have a companion and travel through space in a binary system. But explaining why some stars are in double or even triple systems while others are single has been something of a mystery. Now a team of astronomers from Bonn University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio astronomy (also in Bonn) think they have the answer — different stellar birth environments decide whether a star holds on to...

Milky Way's Spiral Arms Created By Collision With Another Galaxy
2011-09-15 09:56:33

  The Milky Way's trademark features, its iconic spiral arms, were likely formed when the galaxy collided with the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy, researchers announced on Thursday. In their study, University of Pittsburgh postdoctoral research associate Christopher W. Purcell and colleagues were the first to use supercomputers to re-create repeated collisions between the two galaxies, which scientists previously believed had little impact on the Milky Way. According to a University...

Spiral galaxy top view
2011-08-29 11:32:12

  Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz have used a supercomputer to create a spiral galaxy that matches our own Milky Way galaxy. The computer simulation is part of a physics project involving galaxy formation and evolution. "Previous efforts to form a massive disk galaxy like the Milky Way had failed, because the simulated galaxies ended up with huge central bulges compared to the size of the disk," Javiera Guedes, a graduate student in astronomy and...


Latest Galactic astronomy Reference Libraries

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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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