Latest Milky Way Stories

Milky Way Black Hole Rips Apart Gas Cloud
2013-07-17 10:54:47

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has helped astronomers catch a supermassive black hole ripping apart a gas cloud for the first time.

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.

NASA SOFIA Images Massive Star Cluster
2013-07-10 12:37:44

NASA astronomers have taken new images of a recently born star cluster sitting in the W3 region about 6,400 light years away from Earth.

ALMA Scan Reveals Embryonic Star Formation
2013-07-10 05:07:12

Astronomers used ESO's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array to gain one of the best views yet of a star in the process of forming.

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

Astronomers were able to catch a distant galaxy in the act of snacking on nearby gas while using the European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope.

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

Astronomers now say spiral galaxies like the Milky Way galaxy are actually larger than previously thought.

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

The University of Colorado has announced becoming a full partner of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-IV, looking to help in efforts to map the entire sky in three dimensions.

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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