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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,...

University Of Utah Joins Sky Survey’s Fourth Phase With W.L. Eccles Grant
2013-06-25 12:01:02

University of Utah University of Utah astronomers will participate in a six-year project to study the formation of our Milky Way galaxy; map stars, gas and supermassive black holes in 10,000 neighbor galaxies; and chart 1 million galaxies and quasars to learn about mysterious “dark energy” that makes the universe expand. Five years after joining the third phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, or SDSS-III, Utah’s largest research university is signing up for the fourth phase of...

Galactic Raw Material Plays Crucial Role In Star Formation
2013-06-25 08:28:48

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observation using an Australian telescope has offered up evidence of the raw material that played a part in forming some of the first stars in galaxies when the Universe was just three billion years old. The observations were made using CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) near Narrabri, New South Wales. “[This is] one of very few telescopes in the world that can do such difficult work, because it is both...

New Hubble Image Shows Interacting Galaxies
2013-06-20 18:59:33

Lee Rannals for redorbit.com — Your Universe Online New images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of a pair of galaxies experiencing a close encounter have been released. The new image features interacting galaxies known as Arp 142. These galaxies have strayed a little too close to each other, causing them to interact and create big changes in both objects. Astronomers say the two galaxies are interacting violently by exchanging matter and causing havoc. Arp 142 was named...

NuSTAR Observes Dormant Black Hole In Nearby Sculptor Galaxy
2013-06-12 08:35:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s Chandra X-ray Observatory caught signs of what appeared to be a black hole eating gas at the middle of the nearby Sculptor Galaxy nearly a decade ago. A new observation by NASA´s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has found the black hole asleep. Details of NuSTAR´s findings were published in the Astrophysical Journal. "Our results imply that the black hole went dormant in the past 10 years," said...

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 Milky Way Reference Libraries

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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