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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)

How the Milky Way got its spiral
The signature spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy were likely formed by an epic collision between the Milky Way and the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy, according to a University of Pittsburgh researcher and his collaborators, published today in the prestigious British journal Nature. View News Article (2011-09-16)

Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbours
Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists. View News Article (2014-09-19)

Far from home: Wayward cluster is both tiny and distant
Like the lost little puppy that wanders too far from home, astronomers have found an unusually small and distant group of stars that seems oddly out of place.  View News Article (2015-03-04)

Much faster than a speeding bullet, planets and stars escape the Milky Way
Idan Ginsburg, a graduate student in Dartmouth's Department of Physics and Astronomy, studies some of the fastest moving objects in the cosmos. View News Article (2012-03-30)

Dramatic new portrait helps define Milky Way's shape, contents
Using more than 2 million images collected by NASA's orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a dramatic 360 degree portrait of the Milky Way, providing new details of our galaxy's structure and contents. View News Article (2014-03-21)

The corrugated galaxy -- Milky Way may be much larger than previously estimated
The Milky Way galaxy is at least 50 percent larger than is commonly estimated, according to new findings that reveal that the galactic disk is contoured into several concentric ripples.  View News Article (2015-03-12)

Milky Way photo with 46 billion pixels
Astronomers at the Ruhr-Universit├Ąt 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)

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