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Milky Way

NASA’s Chandra Detects Largest X-Ray Flares Ever from Milky Way’s Black Hole

January 7, 2015 |

As you might know, the Milky Way Galaxy, in which we are all floating, has a black hole with a mass 4.5 million times bigger than that of our sun at its very center. So, when NASA says a documented occurrence in that vast pit of darkness “raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment,” I get a little nervous. Read More

A Dwarf Galaxy, Milky Way’s New Neighbour, May Tell Us Things about the Universe

December 23, 2014 |

The Milky Way, the galaxy we live in, is part of a cluster of more than 50 others that make up the ‘Local Group’, a collection that includes the famous Andromeda Galaxy and many other far smaller objects. Now a Russian-American team have added to the canon, finding a tiny and isolated dwarf galaxy almost 7 million light-years away. Read More

There’s Half as much Dark Matter in the Milky Way as We Thought

October 11, 2014 |

Using a century-old technique to probe the borders of our galaxy, a team of Australian astronomers has estimated the amount of dark matter in the Milky Way. Intriguingly, according to their new calculations, there could be half as much of this poorly understood substance in our galaxy as once thought. Read More

A Look at the Milky Way Future

October 10, 2014 |

We’ve got about 4 billion years before the Milky Way galaxy is no more. We’re on a collision course with our nearest neighbor, Andromeda, and now—thanks to researchers with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research—we have an updated idea what that galatic crash might look like. Read More

Astronomers Spotted the Most Distant Stars in the Milky Way

July 19, 2014 |

A team of astronomers led by John Bochanski has found the farthest stars in our galaxy in the mysterious Milky Way halo, a rare discovery that may change our understanding of the formation of our galactic home. Read More

Top 5 Overwhelming Facts About The Milky Way

May 22, 2014 |

Everybody has a different definition for the word “home.” For some, it’s the house they live in. For those with a more UNESCO-themed mindset, home is the planet Earth, our globally shared clump of rock hurtling through the dark reaches of space. Read More

Doomed Gas Cloud G2 Approaches Milky Way’ Black Hole

March 10, 2014 | 2

Scientists are about to observe a supermassive black hole‘s table manners. While studying the motions of stars near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, astronomers discovered a huge gas cloud, called G2, heading directly toward it. The findings appeared in the January 5 issue of Nature. Read More

Mily Way 11 Billion Years Ago: How Our Galaxy looked Like When It Was Formed

February 24, 2014 |

“We have direct images of what the Milky Way looked like in the past”, said Pieter G. van Dokkum researcher at Yale University, after he and his team of specialists have used images taken by Hubble Telescope in order to present us a “view” of our earlier-galaxy. Read More

Milky Way Is Still Hungry

February 18, 2014 |

Astronomers from the University of Cambridge UK, have noticed how our galaxy draw to it and includes groups of stars from the nearby galaxies. The recent “victim” is the dwarf galaxy Sagittarius. Read More

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