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Science: Ambassadors from distant galaxies
Cosmic rays of very high energy have their origin outside of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. (2017-10-13)
VLBA measurement promises complete picture of Milky Way
Distance measured out to the far side of our Milky Way means that radio astronomers now can work on producing an accurate map of the full extent of our galaxy's structure for the first time. (2017-10-12)
'Seeing' the other side of our galaxy
Astronomers have successfully traced a spiral arm on the far side of our Galaxy, an accomplishment that provides new insights into the structure of the Milky Way. (2017-10-12)
Scientists discover more about the ingredients for star formation
In the local universe close to us about 70 percent of the hydrogen gas is found in individual atoms, while the rest is in molecules. (2017-10-09)
Observations of red aurora over 1770 Kyoto help diagnose extreme magnetic storm
Researchers used historic accounts of a rare red aurora over Kyoto, Japan, in the 18th century to support calculations of the strength of the associated magnetic storm. (2017-10-03)
Oxygen-deficient dwarf galaxy hints at makings of early universe
Astronomers have long searched for understanding of how the universe assembled from simplicity to complexity. (2017-09-25)
Observatory detects extragalactic cosmic rays hitting the Earth
Fifty years ago, scientists discovered that the Earth is occasionally hit by cosmic rays of enormous energies. (2017-09-22)
Study confirms cosmic rays have extragalactic origins
International collaboration by scientists with the Pierre Auger Observatory confirms that most of the highest energy cosmic rays that reach the Earth come from outside the Milky Way galaxy. (2017-09-21)
Ultra-high-energy cosmic rays come from galaxies far, far away
A new study reveals that cosmic rays with the highest energies that make their way to Earth originated from outside our Milky Way galaxy. (2017-09-21)
Is the Milky Way an 'outlier' galaxy? Studying its 'siblings' for clues
The most-studied galaxy in the universe -- the Milky Way -- might not be as 'typical' as previously thought, according to a new study. (2017-09-20)
Magnetic fields in distant galaxy are new piece of cosmic puzzle
Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away -- a big clue to understanding how magnetic fields formed and evolved over cosmic time. (2017-08-30)
Record-breaking galaxy 5 billion light-years away shows we live in a magnetic universe
A team of astronomers has observed the magnetic field of a galaxy five billion light-years from Earth. (2017-08-28)
OU astrophysicist predicts detached, eclipsing white dwarfs to merge into exotic star
A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist, Mukremin Kilic, and his team have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf binaries with orbital periods of 40 and 46 minutes, respectively. (2017-08-18)
Astrophysicists explain the mysterious behavior of cosmic rays
The model focuses mainly on the nature of Fermi bubbles and explains the spectral distribution of the observed cosmic rays flux. (2017-08-17)
Astronomers discover 'heavy metal' supernova rocking out
A team of astronomers led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has discovered that an extraordinarily bright supernova occurred in a surprising location. (2017-07-31)
Astrophysicists map out the light energy contained within the Milky Way
For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form. (2017-07-27)
Milky Way's origins are not what they seem
In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. (2017-07-26)
Dark matter is likely 'cold,' not 'fuzzy,' scientists report after new simulations
Scientists have used data from the intergalactic medium -- the vast, largely empty space between galaxies -- to narrow down what dark matter could be. (2017-07-24)
Scientists discovered one of the brightest galaxies known
Thanks to an amplified image produced by a gravitational lens, and the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS a team of scientists from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias have discovered one of the brightest galaxies known from the epoch when the universe had 20 percent of its present age. (2017-07-14)
Hubble spots a barred lynx spiral
Discovered by British astronomer William Herschel over 200 years ago, NGC 2500 lies about 30 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Lynx. (2017-07-14)
Hubble's hidden galaxy
Although IC 342 is bright, the galaxy sits near the equator of the Milky Way's disk, thick with glowing cosmic gas, bright stars, and dust. (2017-07-07)
Fastest stars in the Milky Way are 'runaways' from another galaxy
A group of astronomers have shown that the fastest-moving stars in our galaxy -- which are travelling so fast that they can escape the Milky Way -- are in fact runaways from a much smaller galaxy in orbit around our own. (2017-07-04)
'Little Cub' gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise
A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighboring galaxy. (2017-07-03)
Does dark matter annihilate quicker in the Milky Way?
Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai have proposed a theory that predicts how dark matter may be annihilating much more rapidly in the Milky Way, than in smaller or larger galaxies and the early Universe. (2017-06-23)
Unexpected rotation in a stone-dead galaxy
joint European-US study led by experts from Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, reveals a rotating stellar disk à la the Milky Way in a stone-dead galaxy 10 billion light-years from Earth. (2017-06-22)
Hubble captures massive dead disk galaxy that challenges theories of galaxy evolution
By combining the power of a 'natural lens' in space with the capability of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers made a surprising discovery -- the first example of a compact yet massive, fast-spinning, disk-shaped galaxy that stopped making stars only a few billion years after the big bang. (2017-06-21)
The largest virtual Universe ever simulated
Researchers from the University of Zurich have simulated the formation of our entire Universe with a large supercomputer. (2017-06-09)
Jackpot! Cosmic magnifying-glass effect captures universe's brightest galaxies
Boosted by natural magnifying lenses in space, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured unique close-up views of the universe's brightest infrared galaxies, which are as much as 10,000 times more luminous than our Milky Way. (2017-06-06)
Celestial boondocks: Study supports the idea we live in a void
A new study by a UW-Madison undergraduate not only firms up the idea that we exist in one of the holes of the Swiss cheese structure of the cosmos, but helps ease the apparent disagreement between different measurements of the Hubble Constant, the unit cosmologists use to describe the rate at which the universe is expanding today. (2017-06-06)
Hubble 'traps' a vermin galaxy
This Hubble image shows a distant galaxy as it begins to align with and pass behind a star sitting nearer to us within the Milky Way. (2017-06-02)
Get to know the omentum: The apron of fat that protects your abdomen
The quirkiest organ in the human body may be a large sheet of fat that stretches over the intestines, liver, and stomach like an elastic apron. (2017-06-01)
Hubble catches a galaxy duo by the 'hare'
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). (2017-05-12)
A lot of galaxies need guarding in this NASA Hubble view
A stunning example is galaxy cluster called Abell 370 that contains an astounding assortment of several hundred galaxies tied together by the mutual pull of gravity. (2017-05-04)
Scientists find giant wave rolling through the Perseus galaxy cluster
Combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio observations and computer simulations, an international team of scientists has discovered a 200,000-light-year wave of hot gas in the Perseus galaxy cluster. (2017-05-02)
Origin of Milky Way's hypothetical dark matter signal may not be so dark
A mysterious gamma-ray glow at the center of the Milky Way is most likely caused by pulsars. (2017-05-02)
Astronomers perform largest-ever survey of high-mass binary star systems
An international group of astronomers led by researchers at the University of São Paulo's Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics & Atmospheric Sciences (IAG-USP) in Brazil, have just identified and characterized 82 new high-mass binaries located in the Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, in the Large Magellanic Cloud. (2017-04-19)
Hydrogen halo lifts the veil of our galactic home
UA astronomers Huanian Zhang and Dennis Zaritsky have reported the first detections of diffuse hydrogen wafting about in a vast halo surrounding the Milky Way. (2017-04-18)
Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
U astronomers and colleagues have found two ultra-compact dwarf galaxies with supermassive black holes, the second and third such galaxies found to harbor the objects. (2017-04-17)
RIT scientist measures brightness of the universe with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft
Images taken by NASA's New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto, and now the Kuiper Belt, have given scientists an unexpected tool for measuring the brightness of all the galaxies in the universe, said a Rochester Institute of Technology researcher in a paper published this week in Nature Communications. (2017-04-11)
Hubble's double galaxy gaze: Leda and NGC 4424
The vast majority of cosmic objects appear in astronomical catalogs and are given rather less poetic names based on the order of their discovery. (2017-03-31)
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