Latest Milky Way Stories

Not All Rogue Planets Are Born Within Solar Systems
2013-08-20 11:30:55

A team of astronomers say free-floating planets can be born freely, outside of an existing solar system -- a discovery that contradicts previous beliefs they must be ejected from host systems.

Dwarf Galaxy 'NGC 1232' Caught Ramming Into A Large Spiral
2013-08-14 14:41:32

Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed a massive cloud of multimillion-degree gas in a galaxy about 60 million light years from Earth.

Magellanic Stream Origins Discovered By Hubble
2013-08-08 15:15:43

Stretching almost halfway around the Milky Way galaxy, the Magellanic Stream is a ribbon of gas that has puzzled astronomers for decades. Now, using data from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), astronomers now believe that they have nailed down its source.

ESO’s VLT Captures Unlikely Pair In Large Magellanic Cloud
2013-08-07 18:32:09

A newly released image from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope has exposed new details about the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Old Age Makes Monster Galaxies Picky Eaters
2013-08-02 13:32:17

A new analysis from scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) revealed that supermassive galaxies have stopped cannibalizing their neighbors over the past few billion years.

New Weapon Hunt For Dark Matter Energy
2013-08-02 13:06:59

In the hunt for dark matter and dark energy, researchers now have a new weapon in their arsenal: the Hyper-Suprime Cam (HSC).

Exploring Hidden Milky Way
2013-08-01 08:48:11

Understanding how the Milky Way formed is one of the central scientific questions in astronomy. Yet given the scale and complexity of the galaxy, there is a lot to consider.

Generation Gap In Stars' Orbital Dance
2013-07-19 05:52:28

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are tracking the orbital motion of 33,000 stars in one of the Milky Way's oldest globular clusters.

SOFIA AIrborne Telescope Heading South To New Zealand
2013-07-18 18:30:35

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) telescope has moved south to New Zealand for the next two weeks to take advantage of the Southern Hemisphere's orientation.

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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