Latest Milky Way Stories

Astronomer Discovers Hydrogen River Flowing Into Nearby Galaxy
2014-01-28 09:52:49

A faint river of hydrogen has been discovered to be flowing through space, filtering into a nearby galaxy known as NGC 6946. The discovery could lead to a better understanding of how some galaxies maintain star formation.

ultramassive black hole
2014-01-24 04:20:25

Astronomers have located one of the most powerful black holes ever discovered – a gravity-intense region of space that is located nearly four billion light years from Earth and has prevented trillions of stars from forming.

FIRE Project Explains Galactic Masses
2014-01-23 09:00:42

The FIRE project at Caltech has revealed insight into the mismatch between models and reality of galactic masses.

ESO Lagoon Nebula Images
2014-01-22 11:11:31

ESO scientists have just released images from the project of the Lagoon Nebula, giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright young stars.

Bar Galaxies Galaxy Zoo
2014-01-17 09:25:09

After years of active participating by the public – and a host of interesting discoveries by amateur astronomers and enthusiasts – the Galaxy Zoo project is releasing its first scientific finding to come out of the data.

Hypervelocity Stars Escape Galaxy
2014-01-10 08:44:12

A surprising new class of hypervelocity stars has been discovered by an international team of astronomers.

ESA Releases Hubble Image Of Messier 83, A Galaxy With Two Hearts
2014-01-10 06:45:29

The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a new image of the galaxy Messier 83, which has hosted a large number of supernova explosions and is believed to have a double nucleus at its core.

World Premiere Of Planetarium Show 'Journey To A Billion Suns'
2014-01-08 11:12:27

A new planetarium show, Journey to a billion Suns, premieres today in Hamburg, Germany, to tell the fascinating story of mapping the Milky Way, from ancient times to ESA’s recently launched Gaia mission.

Hubble Detects Faintest-Ever Early Universe Galaxies
2014-01-08 04:44:58

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of researchers has discovered the smallest, faintest and most numerous galaxies ever discovered in the remote universe, according to research presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington DC.

2013-12-24 23:04:24

Mona Lisa Code reveals painting 'Frozen in Time' at Sunrise on December 25th, 1500 AD, in Rome Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 24, 2013 The

Latest Milky Way Reference Libraries

2010-09-16 15:18:29

The Virgo Cluster consists of galaxies at a distance of around 59 Mly away in the constellation Virgo. Containing between 1300 to 2000 galaxies the Virgo Cluster is the heart of the Local Supercluster. Its mass is estimated at 1.2 × 1015 M☉ out to 8 degrees of the cluster's center or a radius of about 2.2 Mpc. Most of the brighter galaxies in the cluster were discovered by Charles Messier in the late 1770's and early 1780's, including the giant elliptical Messier 87. Messier...

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 16:24:54

At a distance of 3.9 Mpc from the Milky Way, the Sculptor Group is one of nearest groups of galaxies to the Local Gropu. Sculptor is made up of a loose group of galaxies near the south galactic pole. The Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253) and a few other galaxies form a gravitationally-bound core in the center of this group, however, since they are only weakly bound the group may also be described as a filament. There also some other galaxies associated with the group but not gravitationally...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Aquila (the Eagle) Constellation -- Location: Northern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 20h; Declination: 05; Source: Various cultures - Greek, Arab, Persian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean The story behind the name In the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures, the constellation Aquila is seen as the shape of a flying bird. The pattern contains three prominent stars that can be seen to outline the wings of a bird, but are also the focus of quite different myths...

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