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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.

Astronomers Say Supernova Will Be Visible From Earth Within 50 Years
2013-10-31 16:04:47

A supernova is one of the most brilliant events to take place in the universe and astronomers at The Ohio State University have determined we will see one in the Milky Way galaxy within the next 50 years.

Hostile Weather Balloon At Heart Of Milky Way
2013-10-03 15:13:50

In an attempt to better understand unusual star formation, researchers are examining a dense gas cloud near the galactic center, one that they describe as a particularly “inhospitable place."

Sleeping Supermassive Black Holes Can Have Periods Of Intense Flare-Ups
2013-09-24 14:01:00

Around 2 million years ago, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy erupted in a blaze of glory big enough to leave a residual glow that can still be seen today.

Highly Magnetized Pulsar At Galactic Center
2013-08-14 12:20:25

At the center of the Milky Way lurks a supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*, with some four million times the mass of our Sun. More than any single object, it has the greatest impact on the formation, evolution and fate of our galaxy.

Aircraft Telescope Images Ring Of Dust Surrounding Black Hole
2013-07-10 13:34:10

Astronomers using a telescope attached to a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Spitzer Finds New Stars At Edge Of Milky Way
2013-06-06 09:48:09

New images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope reveal blooming stars at the fringe of the Milky Way galaxy, far from its crowded core.

Earth's Neighborhood In The Milky Way Sits On Spiral Arm, Not Spur
2013-06-03 14:49:23

New research using the ultra-sharp radio vision of the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) has determined that we live in a more upscale neighborhood in our galaxy than previously thought.


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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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