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The giant that turned out to be a dwarf
New data obtained on the apparent celestial couple, NGC 5011 B and C, taken with the 3.6-m ESO telescope, reveal that the two galaxies are not at the same distance, as was believed for the past 23 years. (2007-03-07)
Deep impact from extragalactic space: Debris from a shattered galaxy discovered in the sun's backyard
Nearby relics of a long-dead galaxy have been unearthed by astronomers from Leiden Observatory and from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics using data from the European Space Agency's Hipparcos Satellite (Nature, 4 November 1999). (1999-10-26)
Astronomers discover most dark matter-dominated galaxy in universe
A team led by a Yale University astronomer has discovered the least luminous, most dark matter-filled galaxy known to exist. (2008-09-18)
Dark matter half what we thought, say scientists
A new measurement of dark matter in the Milky Way has revealed there is half as much of the mysterious substance as previously thought. (2014-10-09)
Study of Andromeda's stellar disk indicates more violent history than Milky Way
A detailed study of the motions of different stellar populations in the disk of the Andromeda galaxy has found striking differences from our own Milky Way, suggesting a more violent history of mergers with smaller galaxies in Andromeda's recent past. (2015-01-08)
Extreme star cluster in new Hubble images
The gigantic nebula NGC 3603 hosts one of the most prominent, massive, young clusters in the Milky Way. (2007-10-02)
Williams professor wins grant to study planetary nebulae
Karen Kwitter, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, has been awarded a $237,843 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. (1999-10-14)
Images reveal spectacular X-ray tails
Michigan State University astronomer Megan Donahue uses words such as (2010-01-22)
Rapid star formation spotted in 'stellar nurseries' of infant galaxies
The universe's infant galaxies enjoyed rapid growth spurts forming stars like our sun at a rate of up to 50 stars a year, according to scientists at Durham University. (2009-11-10)
'Supermassive' Black Hole Found In The Center Of Our Galaxy
The presence of an enormous black hole at the center of our galaxy has been detected by a researcher funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF). (1998-09-07)
Herschel Space Telescope's SPIRE instrument package makes first-light observations
A scientific instrument package developed in part by the University of Colorado at Boulder for the $2.2 billion orbiting Herschel Space Observatory that was launched in May by the European Space Agency has made its first successful observations, targeting two star-forming galaxies near the Milky Way. (2009-07-10)
Hubble photographs grand spiral galaxy Messier 81
The sharpest image ever taken of the large (2007-05-29)
Festive nebulae light up Milky Way Galaxy satellite
The sheer observing power of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is rarely better illustrated than in an image such as this. (2016-12-20)
A new 3-D animated map of our cosmic hometown
A new, three-dimensional map of our closest cosmic neighbourhood shows how our nearest neighbour stars are distributed today, how fast they moves, and in which direction. (2004-04-06)
NRL scientists detect 'milky sea' phenomena
Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory's Marine Meteorology Division in Monterey, CA, (NRL-Monterey), working with researchers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the National Geophysical Data Center, presented the first satellite detection of a phenomenon known as the (2005-10-17)
Space telescope's new survey of outer galaxy helps Iowa State astronomers study stars
Iowa State University astronomers Massimo Marengo and Charles Kerton are now using the Spitzer Space Telescope to study stars in the outer regions of our Milky Way galaxy. (2010-08-30)
Detailed age map shows how Milky Way came together
Using colors to identify the approximate ages of more than 130,000 stars in the Milky Way's halo, Notre Dame astronomers have produced the clearest picture yet of how the galaxy formed more than 13.5 billion years ago. (2016-09-06)
Much faster than a speeding bullet, planets and stars escape the Milky Way
Dartmouth research explains the phenomenon of runaway planets and stars which are ejected from the Milky Way by the supermassive black hole at the galaxy's center. (2012-03-29)
Star on a Hubble diet
High-resolution observations from Hubble have shed light on the real mass of a star previously believed to be amongst the heaviest known in our Milky Way. (2006-12-11)
Galactic survey reveals a new look for the Milky Way
With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the most comprehensive structural analysis of our galaxy and have found tantalizing new evidence that the Milky Way is much different from your ordinary spiral galaxy. (2005-08-16)
More than a million stars are forming in a mysterious dusty gas cloud in a nearby galaxy
An extremely hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases is forming more than a million young stars in a tiny nearby galaxy, an international team of astronomers reports March 19 in the journal Nature. (2015-03-18)
A pool of distant galaxies -- the deepest ultraviolet image of the universe yet
Anyone who has wondered what it might be like to dive into a pool of millions of distant galaxies of different shapes and colors, will enjoy the latest image released by ESO. (2008-11-07)
A hidden treasure in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. (2013-01-17)
A 84-million star color-magnitude diagram of the Milky Way bulge
Astronomy & Astrophysics published the first analysis of a catalog of 84 million individual stars in the Milky Way bulge as a part of the VVV ESO public survey. (2012-10-24)
Discovery of most recent supernova in our galaxy
The most recent supernova in our galaxy has been discovered by tracking the rapid expansion of its remains. (2008-05-14)
Astronomers find evidence for tens of thousands of black holes
UCLA astronomers present the first evidence that tens of thousands of black holes are orbiting the monstrous black hole at the center of the Milky Way, 26,000 light years away. (2005-01-10)
Hubble helps find smallest known galaxy containing a supermassive black hole
Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place -- a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. (2014-09-17)
Astrophysicists from Clemson University and Europe unmask a black hole
A study of X-rays emitted a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away has unmasked a stellar mass black hole in Andromeda, a spiral galaxy about 2.6 million light-years from Earth. (2012-02-24)
Scientist refines cosmic clock to determine age of Milky Way
The University of Chicago's Nicolas Dauphas has developed a new way to calculate the age of the Milky Way that is free of the unvalidated assumptions that have plagued previous methods. (2005-06-29)
NASA's Fermi telescope discovers giant structure in our galaxy
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. (2010-11-09)
The universe does think small
The biggest galaxies in the universe are elliptical galaxies. The largest of these hold over one trillion stars according to astronomical census takers, compared to 400 billion in our Milky Way. (2010-12-01)
First glimpse into birth of the Milky Way
For almost 20 years astrophysicists have been trying to recreate the formation of spiral galaxies such as our Milky Way realistically. (2011-08-25)
Scientists 'RAVE-ing' about most ambitious star survey ever
An international team of astronomers is announcing the first results from RAVE, an ambitious all-sky spectroscopic survey aimed at measuring the speed, temperature, surface gravity and composition of up to a million stars passing near the sun. (2006-01-11)
Universe's ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies
Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet background of the universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos. (2017-03-21)
Milky Way a swifter spinner, more massive, new measurements show
Our home galaxy is rotating about 100,000 miles per hour faster than previously thought, meaning its mass is 50 percent greater. (2009-01-05)
NGC 4945: The Milky Way's not-so-distant cousin
ESO has released a striking new image of a nearby galaxy that many astronomers think closely resembles our own Milky Way. (2009-09-02)
Earliest watery black hole discovered
A team of astronomers have found the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe -- discovered in the central regions of a distant quasar. (2011-07-22)
Giant simulation could solve mystery of 'dark matter'
The search for a mysterious substance which makes up most of the universe could soon be at an end, according to new research. (2008-11-05)
Free-floating planets in the Milky Way outnumber stars by factors of thousands
A few hundred thousand billion free-floating life-bearing Earth-sized planets may exist in the space between stars in the Milky Way. (2012-05-10)
Investigating cosmic forces that produce new galaxies
When galaxies collide (as our galaxy, the Milky Way, eventually will with the nearby Andromeda galaxy), what happens to matter that gets spun off in the collision's wake? (2005-12-01)
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