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Essential Science: Milky Way’s 100s of faint satellite galaxies

An investigation into the Milky Way's hundreds of satellite galaxies (which appear very faint, and many of which have only recently been discovered) could help reveal link between dark matter halos and galaxy formation.

Inner Milky Way reveals a cosmic 'candy cane'

NASA's new mapping process of the inner Milky Way, has revealed what appears to be a cosmic 'candy cane'. This takes the form of a colorful composite image of the Milky Way galaxy's central zone.

Galaxies formed one billion years earlier than previously thought

The detection of a distant galaxy, far more massive than the Milky Way reveals that the 'cores' of massive galaxies had already formed 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, this is some 1 billion years earlier than calculations suggested.

Will Andromeda start consuming the Milky Way?

Scientists have now charted the cannibalistic past of the neighboring galaxy to our own - Andromeda. The large galaxy now appears to have sights set on the Milky Way as its next main target.

LISA will further open new window to understanding the universe

Dozens of binaries from Milky Way’s globular clusters could be detectable by LISA, the next-generation gravitational wave detector in space which complement LIGO on Earth.

New dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way

The Milky Way (Earth’s galaxy) is not alone in the vastness of intergalactic space. Several nearby objects exert gravitational forces upon it, and there may be up to 50 of these objects out there.

Milky Way once stole a neighboring star cluster

Sometime ago, the Milky Way stole a star cluster from one of its neighbors. This act of interstellar theft has come to light from data gathered from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Dark matter cloaks strange galaxies with only 1% of normal stars

Scientists are scratching their heads following the discovery of unusual galaxies in distant space, which contain only one percent of the stars found in normal galaxies.

Milky Way could be 50% larger than thought

Scientists have modified earlier estimations of the size of the Milky Way and now say it is a whopping 50 percent bigger than we thought.

Could dark matter cause our extinction?

Dark matter could be the cause of mass extinctions, according to scientists who have analyzed the movement of the Earth through the region called the galactic disc.

Nearby dwarf galaxy throws wrench in understanding of galaxies

A minuscule dwarf galaxy, named KKs3, has been found in the Milky Way's backyard, about 7 million light years away from us.

New chemical signals from the middle of our galaxy are a good sign for alien life

Aliens! The recent discovery of molecular compounds integral to life on Earth in dusty clouds located deep in interstellar space is an encouraging sign that aliens could exist out in the universe.

Center of Milky Way might be a wormhole, say scientists

Scientists are creating a method to see if they can determine whether the center of our galaxy is a black hole or a wormhole that might lead to another universe.

Hawaii time-lapse night sky video goes viral (video)

A graduate student in astronomy at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, has made a stunning time-lapse video depicting the Milky Way over Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Scientists win 'Ig Nobel' prize for dung beetle navigation

A Swedish research team has won a coveted "Ig Nobel" prize - awarded by Harvard University for quirky discoveries "that make people laugh and then think" - for finding dung beetles can navigate their way home in the dark using the Milky Way as a guide.

Kepler telescope to be retired

The Kepler space telescope has been retired from its planet-hunting mission after NASA engineers failed to find a fix for its hobbled pointing system.

Voyager surfs Solar System's edge

Nasa's Voyager 1 spacecraft launched more than 35 years ago and is now 11.5 billion miles from where it started. There is no telling exactly when it will leave the Solar System, but the moment is believed to be close.

NASA’s Chandra spots dozens of black holes in neighboring galaxy

New research conducted using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory confirms what scientists have long suspected—that the unusual amount of X-ray sources emanating from the center of the Andromeda galaxy are the signatures of dozens of black holes.

NASA finds youngest black hole in Milky Way, 1000 yrs old

NASA scientists believe they may have found the youngest black hole in the Milky Way galaxy formed only about 1,000 years ago, and it is not very far away from Earth, only about 26,000 light-years away.

Milky Way twins found by international group of astronomers

Two exact matches to the Milky Way system have been found by an international astronomer team. The group was led by Dr. Aaron Robotham of the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and Scotland's University of St. Andrews.

TopFinds: Easing the pain of PTSD, a woman’s suicide on Facebook

Inside a fight to help victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. A woman commits suicide while using Facebook. More details and photos emerge about the Trayvon Martin shooting. These are the top stories on

NASA's Chandra detects Milky Way's black hole devours asteroids

NASA astronomers say a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A* at the center of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids. This, the experts say, could explain the frequent flares observed in the center of the Milky Way.

ESO's VISTA discovers old globular clusters of stars

Santiago - Two Globular clusters of very old stars in our galaxy have been discovered. The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA Survey telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile, made the new discoveries.

Astronomers discover new stream of stars in our Milky Way

An international team of astronomers has discovered a new stream of stars in our Milky Way. The stream of stars is named the "Aquarius Stream" after the Aquarius constellation where it is located.

First planet originating from outside the Milky Way discovered

Astronomers using a telescope in Chile have discovered the first planet that originated from outside our galaxy, the Milky Way.

NASA Unveils Stunning Picture of the Milky Way Over Ontario

A beautiful picture of the Milky Way galaxy was posted on the NASA website today. The photo was taken over Ontario, Canada, earlier this month.

Many New Worlds Discovered In The Milky Way

According to a new scientific study, there are plenty of rocky planets with conditions that can sustain human life might not be uncommon. Scientists say that there could be plenty more planets undiscovered within our very own solar system.

Giant Hydrogen Gas Cloud on Collision Course with Milky Way

Astronomers report a giant mass of hydrogen gas is heading toward the Milky Way galaxy and will collide with it in 40 million years. The clouds are moving at 250 kilometers per second and will likely form new stars in the galaxy.

Milky Way could hold hundreds of rogue black holes

Hundreds of rogue black holes could possibly be roaming around the Milky Way to "eat" stars and planets, according to US astronomers. The astronomers think that these black holes are invisible except for certain circumstances.

Milky Way is a Cannibal Eating the Galaxy we Actually Belong To

For many years humans thought that they belong to one galaxy called the Milky Way. They have observed it through telescopes and were fascinated by many stars it consists of. But, along came a surprise: they weren't born into it.
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The solar system takes 1 cosmic year lasting about 225-250 million years to orbit the Milky Way s ga...
The solar system takes 1 cosmic year lasting about 225-250 million years to orbit the Milky Way's galactic centre but during that time it oscillates above and below the galactic plane every 32 million years or so.
Physics 7, 41 (2014) | DOI: 10.1103/Physics.7.41
Spitzer Space Telescope s infrared cameras penetrate much of the dust  revealing the stars of the cr...
Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras penetrate much of the dust, revealing the stars of the crowded galactic center region of our Milky Way.
An artist s depiction of the Milky Way shows a blue halo of dark matter surrounding the spiral galax...
An artist's depiction of the Milky Way shows a blue halo of dark matter surrounding the spiral galaxy, the expected distribution of this mysterious material, based on the Milky Way's rotation properties.
ESO/L. Calçada via Wikimedia (CC BY 4.0)
Zoomed-in detail of astar-forming region in our Milky Way galaxy on a larger photo that captures 1 b...
Zoomed-in detail of astar-forming region in our Milky Way galaxy on a larger photo that captures 1 billion of the Milky Way's stars.
Mike Read (WFAU), UKIDSS/GPS and VVV

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