Latest Milky Way Stories

2015-01-22 15:18:14

Traveling to planets in a galaxy far, far away – like in the movie Interstellar – may seem like science fiction, but what if the Milky Way was one massive conduit connecting to another far-off point hundreds of light years away?

andromeda hubble largest picture
2015-01-19 11:19:33

A massive, high-definition panorama taken by the Hubble Space Telescope is being called the largest picture ever taken, and it shows Andromeda in unprecedented detail, depicting over 100 million individual stars and traversing a 48,000 light-year-long stretch of the galaxy.

andromeda milky way
2015-01-15 14:45:35

In four billion years, a mere blink of an eye by universal standards, planet Earth will be part of a galactic collision when our Milky Way will smash into the Andromeda spiral galaxy. Scientists got a preview of that event earlier this week.

andromeda galaxy
2015-01-09 15:38:10

Detailed analysis of different stellar populations in the disk of Andromeda suggests the galaxy may have had a far more violent history of mergers with smaller galaxies than the Milky Way, researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz report in a new study.

Milky Way Hubble
2015-01-08 09:14:29

A titanic eruption took that took place at least two million years ago forced gases and other materials outward at speeds of up to two million miles per hour, and astronomers are just now witnessing the aftermath of the explosion thanks to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

spin rate
2015-01-06 08:26:45

Stars reveal how old they are through their spin rate, and just as we humans slow down as we grow older, so do the massive, luminous balls of plasma found in space, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature.

New isolated dwarf galaxy discovered in the Local Group
2014-12-23 08:01:12

Don’t look now, Milky Way, but it appears that there’s a new dwarf galaxy in the neighborhood.

winter solstice
2014-12-21 07:43:50

RedOrbit sits down with Pat McCarthy, director of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, to discuss stargazing on the shortest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere).

2014-12-15 09:04:55

While the pastel tones and fine texture of this image may bring to mind brush strokes on an artist’s canvas, they are in fact a visualization of data from ESA’s Planck satellite.

strange galaxy
2014-12-04 03:00:12

With the help of citizen scientists, a team of astronomers has found an important new example of a very rare type of galaxy that may yield valuable insight on how galaxies developed in the early Universe.

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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