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Dark matter dominates in nearby dwarf galaxy
Dark matter is called "dark" for a good reason. Although they outnumber particles of regular matter by more than a factor of 10, particles of dark matter are elusive. View News Article (2015-11-19)

We've got the beat: Astronomers discover a distant galaxy with a pulse
Astronomers at Yale and Harvard have found a galaxy with a heartbeat -- and they've taken its pulse.  View News Article (2015-11-17)

Ancient stars at the center of the galaxy contain 'fingerprints' from the early universe
An international team of astronomers, led researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Australian National University, have identified some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, which could contain vital clues about the early Universe, including an indication of how the first stars died.  View News Article (2015-11-12)

Oldest stars found near Milky Way center
Astronomers have discovered the oldest known stars, dating from before the Milky Way Galaxy formed, when the Universe was just 300 million years old.  View News Article (2015-11-12)

Hubble uncovers the fading cinders of some of our galaxy's earliest homesteaders
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to conduct a "cosmic archaeological dig" at the very heart of our Milky Way galaxy, astronomers have uncovered the blueprints of our galaxy's early construction phase. View News Article (2015-11-06)

VISTA discovers new component of Milky Way
The Vista Variables in the Vía Láctea Survey (VVV) ESO public survey is using the VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory to take multiple images at different times of the central parts of the galaxy at infrared wavelengths. View News Article (2015-10-28)

Milky Way photo with 46 billion pixels
Astronomers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have compiled the largest astronomical image to date. The picture of the Milky Way contains 46 billion pixels. View News Article (2015-10-22)

Most earth-like worlds have yet to be born, according to theoretical study
Earth came early to the party in the evolving universe. According to a new theoretical study, when our solar system was born 4.6 billion years ago only eight percent of the potentially habitable planets that will ever form in the universe existed. View News Article (2015-10-21)

A cosmic sackful of black coal
The Coalsack Nebula is located about 600 light-years away in the constellation of Crux. This huge, dusky object forms a conspicuous silhouette against the bright, starry band of the Milky Way and for this reason the nebula has been known to people in the southern hemisphere for as long as our species has existed. View News Article (2015-10-14)

Peeking into our galaxy's stellar nursery
Astronomers have long turned their telescopes, be they on satellites in space or observatories on Earth, to the wide swaths of interstellar medium to get a look at the formation and birth of stars. View News Article (2015-10-06)

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