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Galaxy Clusters Offer Insight On Dark Matter
2012-11-21 09:56:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dark Energy is one of the major puzzles of modern astronomy, and one tool that astronomers use to understand this force is encoded in the distribution of clusters of galaxies. A new study by a team of astronomers, led by Dr. Jeeseon Song at the University of Michigan, has yielded exquisitely precise distances of a large sample of clusters. These precise distances may lead to breakthroughs in understanding the expansion history of our...

Google Takes You On A Tour Of 100,000 Stars
2012-11-16 13:19:57

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Sometimes it´s good to get a little perspective on life and where we fit on this tiny blue dot. Those looking for such perspective would do well to check out Google´s latest Chrome Experiment, 100,000 stars. As the name implies, this new project is similar to an interstellar Street View, whisking visitors from star to star, giving brief explanations as they go along. It wouldn´t be a Chrome experiment...

Most Distant Galaxy Record Broken
2012-11-15 22:10:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers have found the most distant galaxy ever seen in the universe by using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, is only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way galaxy, and is observed at 420 million years after the big bang. MACS0647-JD offers a glimpse into what the universe was like when it was just three percent of its present age of 13.7 billion years old....

2012-11-15 16:21:08

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By combining the power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The farthest galaxy appears as a diminutive blob that is only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way galaxy. But it offers a peek back into a time when the...

2012-11-13 12:21:25

BALTIMORE, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Maryland Science Center (MSC) in Baltimore opened its latest original, permanent exhibition, Life Beyond Earth, on November 2, 2012. Developed by MSC staff as part of a $723,250 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the 1,400 square foot exhibit introduces visitors to the conditions that sustain life on Earth and invites them to consider the quintessential question, "Are we really alone in the Universe?" Accompanying...

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Images Star-Making Cluster Cygnus OB2
2012-11-08 09:57:12

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a new image of the Cygnus OB2 star cluster, detailing its structure and evolution. The Milky Way, as well as other galaxies in the universe, are home to numerous young star clusters with hundreds of thousands of hot, massive, young stars known as O and B stars. Cygnus OB2 is one of these clusters that contains no less than 60 O-type stars and upwards of a thousand B-type stars. Using the Chandra X-Ray...

Concordia Is Opening The Curtains
2012-11-05 09:47:32

ESA Set against a star-studded backdrop and a splash of the Milky Way, the green glow of an auroral curtain pervades the permanently dark winter skies of the South Pole. The only sign of life here is the Concordia research station that ESA uses to prepare for future long-duration missions beyond Earth. The site also caters to scientific research from geology and glaciology to climate change, astronomy and planetary magnetic fields. Even though the Sun barely peeks above the horizon...

Birth Record Of Our Solar System Revised
2012-11-03 05:43:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The formative stages of the Milky Way, once believed to have taken far longer to occur than other solar systems, may not have been as unique as scientists had previously thought, according to the authors of a new study. Writing in the journal Science, researchers from the Centre for Star and Planet Formation at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen report they have discovered a pair of vastly different...

Globular Star Cluster NGC 6362
2012-10-31 06:19:57

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] European Southern Observatory Photo Release This colorful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362 was captured by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO´s La Silla Observatory in Chile. This new picture, along with a new image of the central region from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, provide the best view of this little-known cluster ever obtained. Globular clusters are mainly composed of tens of thousands of very...

Black Hole Blows Giant Plasma Bubble Like A Child Blowing Bubble Gum
2012-10-29 11:51:02

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The team at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, has been pointing their low Frequency Array (or LOFAR) telescope at the sky since 2010, using bands of low frequencies to observe the heavens. With LOFAR, ASTRON is able to look deep into the heavens for signals of galaxies and other far away objects that haven´t yet reached earth. Now, after using a new, international version of LOFAR, called (ILT), the...


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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