Latest Local Group Stories

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 super-massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The team used NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) to capture images of our galaxy's circumnuclear ring (CNR), as well as a neighboring cluster of extremely luminous young stars known...

Astronomers Catch Distant Galaxy Snacking On Gas
2013-07-04 13:01:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers were recently able to catch a distant galaxy in the act of snacking on nearby gas while using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT). The team wrote in the journal Science about how they were able to make the best direct observational evidence so far supporting the theory that galaxies pull in and devour nearby material to grow and form stars. Scientists have always suspected galaxies grow this...

Spiral Galaxies Larger Than Thought
2013-06-27 13:50:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers now say spiral galaxies like the Milky Way galaxy are actually larger than previously thought. Scientists from several universities used the Hubble Space Telescope to determine that normal spiral galaxies are surrounded by halos of gas that can extend to over one million light-years in diameter. With this new estimate, it brings the Milky Way from just 100,000 light-years across to roughly 1,100,000 light-years. The...

Mapping The Skies In 3D Gets Help From University Of Colorado
2013-06-26 13:16:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The University of Colorado has announced it is becoming a full partner of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-IV (SDSS-IV), looking to help in efforts to map the entire sky in three dimensions. The program began in 2000 and has currently mapped about 50 percent of the visible northern sky in three dimensions. In the process of creating this map, the project has identified almost 500 million astronomical objects, including asteroids, stars,...

Black Hole Count Keeps Growing For The Andromeda Galaxy
2013-06-13 06:10:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered an unprecedented number of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), one of the Milky Way´s nearest cosmic neighbors, using data from NASA´s Chandra X-ray Observatory. By analyzing more than 150 Chandra observations taken over 13 years, the research team has identified 26 black hole candidates. This is the largest number discovered to date in a galaxy outside our own. Many scientists consider...

More Galactic Gas In Milky Way Than We Thought
2013-06-11 14:31:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The building blocks of stars, clouds of molecular gases, are strewn across the Milky Way, and a new survey from the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA has found that scientists have been underestimating the amount of gas in the galaxy by about one-third. According to a new report in journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, the discovery was made possible by the orbiting Hershel Space Observatory, a joint venture between the two space...

Astronomers Size Up The Smallest Galaxy In The Universe
2013-06-10 11:54:04

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of California, Irvine scientists reported on Monday that they have measured the least massive galaxy in the known universe. The researchers wrote in The Astrophysical Journal that the tiny dwarf galaxy, Segue 2, only holds a mere 1,000 stars within its realm. Their findings offer clues about how iron, carbon and other elements help form human life. “Finding a galaxy as tiny as Segue 2 is like discovering an elephant...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New images from NASA´s Spitzer Space Telescope reveal blooming stars at the fringe of the Milky Way galaxy, far from its crowded core. The images were collected as part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project. Glimpse 360 is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy and will make the map and a full 360-degree view of the Milky Way plane that will be available later this year....

Latest Local Group Reference Libraries

2010-09-16 15:14:03

The two Magellanic Clouds (or Nubeculae Magellani), composed of the Large Megellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud, are irregular dwarf galaxies visible in the southern hemisphere. They are members of our Local Group and orbit the Milky Way galaxy. Persian astronomer Al Sufi, in 964, was the first to have written anything about the Magellanic Clouds proving they have been known since early time amongst the Middle East peoples. Sufi, in his Book of Fixed Stars, calls the clouds...

2010-09-13 17:05:00

The Local Group, compromising more than 30 galaxies (including dwarf galaxies and the Milky Way), is a group of galaxies with a gravitational center located somewhere between the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy. With a binary (dumbbell) shape and a total mass of (1.29 ± 0.14) × 1012M the Local group covers a 10 million light-year diameter. The local group is part of the Virgo Supercluster. The two largest galaxies in the group are the Milky Way and the Andromeda both Spiral...

2010-09-13 16:59:36

The IC 342/Maffei Group (also known as the IC 342 Group or the Maffei 1 Group) is the closest group of galaxies to the Local Group. The member galaxies are both concentrated around the two brightest galaxies of IC 342 and Maffei 1. The group can therefore be described as a binary group. Along with many others the group is located in the Virgo Supercluster.

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Ring Galaxy -- A subclass of interacting galaxies, ring galaxies, provides a unique laboratory for studying unusually large bursts of non-nuclear star formation. The rings in these systems are often large (10s of kiloparsecs) and contain what appear to be associations of giant H{\small II} regions. As a basis for future modeling of star forming regions in observed ring galaxies we present a series of combined n-body/gas numerical experiments on ring formation and evolution. Three...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Irregular Galaxy -- In astronomy, a class of galaxy with little structure, which does not conform to any of the standard shapes in the Hubble classification. The two satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, the Magellanic Clouds, are both irregulars. Some galaxies previously classified as irregulars are now known to be normal galaxies distorted by tidal effects or undergoing bursts of star formation (see starburst galaxy). ----- NASA Click here to learn more on this topic from...

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