Latest Galactic orientation Stories

2010-01-14 11:10:00

For more than two decades, the cold dark matter theory has been used by cosmologists to explain how the smooth universe born in the big bang more than 13 billion years ago evolved into the filamentary, galaxy-rich cosmic web that we see today.

2009-01-27 11:17:15

Israeli scientists have proposed a new theory of how galaxies were formed in the universe billions of years ago. The theory, formulated by Hebrew University of Jerusalem cosmologists led by Professor Avishai Dekel, takes issue with the prevailing view on how galaxies came to exist. The new theory -- based on advanced astronomical observations and computer simulations -- maintains galaxies primarily formed as a result of intensive cosmic streams of cold gas and not, as current theory contends,...

2008-06-10 09:00:00

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures the magnificent starry population of the Coma Cluster of galaxies, one of the densest known galaxy collections in the universe.

2006-04-20 18:29:02

Try mixing caramel into vanilla ice cream -- you will always end up with globs and swirls of caramel. Scientists are finding that galaxies may distribute themselves in similar ways throughout the universe and in places where there is lots of so-called dark matter.

2006-04-05 11:31:14

A new image of the centre of a cluster of galaxies has revealed massive filamentary structures that give a rare insight into the evolution of galaxy clusters.

2006-04-04 18:55:00

Astronomers from the University of Nottingham, UK, and the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain), have found the first observational evidence that galaxies are not randomly oriented.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.