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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)

Japanese and U.S. Space Telescopes Reveal Previously Unknown Brilliant X-Ray Explosion in Our Milky Way Galaxy
Astronomers in Japan, using an X-ray detector on the International Space Station, and at Penn State University, using NASA's Swift space observatory, are announcing the discovery of an object newly emitting X-rays, which previously had been hidden inside our Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Centaurus. View News Article (2010-10-25)

A beast with 4 tails
The Milky Way galaxy continues to devour its small neighbouring dwarf galaxies and the evidence is spread out across the sky. View News Article (2011-11-30)

A postcard from extragalactic space?
We see NGC 6744 almost face on, meaning we get a dramatic bird's eye view of the galaxy's structure. If we had the technology to escape the Milky Way and could look down on it from intergalactic space, this view is close to the one we would see - striking spiral arms wrapping around a dense, elongated nucleus and a dusty disc. View News Article (2011-06-01)

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