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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andromeda is moving fast! Well in terms of science, not people years. Within 5 billion years it will be colliding with the Milky Way. Of course by then the Sun will be a white dwarf so it won't matter much to the Earth.
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
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
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.