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Massive stars mark out Milky Way's 'missing' arms
A 12-year study of massive stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of debate sparked by images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope that only showed two arms. View News Article (2013-12-17)


Magellanic gemstones in the southern sky
Hubble has captured the most detailed images to date of the open star clusters NGC 265 and NGC 290 in the Small Magellanic Cloud-two sparkling sets of gemstones in the southern sky. View News Article (2006-04-18)


Intense heat killed the Universe's would-be galaxies, researchers say
Our Milky Way galaxy only survived because it was already immersed in a large clump of dark matter which trapped gases inside it. View News Article (2009-07-01)


Planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception
There are more exoplanets further away from their parent stars than originally thought, according to new astrophysics research. View News Article (2012-01-13)


Hubble Space Telescope finds source of Magellanic Stream
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy. View News Article (2013-08-09)


First of missing primitive stars discovered
Astronomers have discovered a relic from the early universe - a star that may have been among the second generation of stars to form after the Big Bang. View News Article (2010-03-04)


Physicists find evidence for highest energy photons ever detected from Milky Way's equator
Physicists at nearly a dozen research institutions, including New York University, have discovered evidence for very high energy gamma rays emitting from the Milky Way, marking the highest energies ever detected from the galactic equator. View News Article (2005-12-14)


Star on a Hubble diet
How heavy can a star be? This conundrum has haunted astronomers for decades. Theory indicates that there should be an upper stellar mass limit somewhere between 120 and 300 solar masses. Even though heavy stars are very bright, measurements of their masses can be complicated. View News Article (2006-12-12)


Microquasar found in neighbor galaxy, tantalizing scientists
For the first time, astronomers have found a microquasar -- a black hole devouring material from a companion star -- in a galaxy beyond our own Milky Way. View News Article (2012-12-13)


Another bar in the Bulge
Using 2MASS data, Christophe Alard (astronomer at Paris Observatory) has reconstructed a map of the projected density of the old stellar population of the Galactic Bulge region. By making a combination of the H and K photometric bands, it is possible to overcome the effect of reddening, and thus penetrate the inner structure of the Galactic Bulge. View News Article (2001-11-21)

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