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Surprise: Small elliptical galaxy actually a giant disk
Astronomers have believed since the 1960s that a galaxy dubbed UGC 1382 was a relatively boring, small elliptical galaxy. (2016-07-11)
Ultra-compact dwarf galaxies are bright star clusters
Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a new statistical study of the so-called 'ultra-compact dwarf galaxies' (UCDs), which are still mysterious objects. (2011-12-19)
Fat or flat: Getting galaxies into shape
Australian astronomers have discovered what makes some spiral galaxies fat and bulging while others are flat discs -- and it's all about how fast they spin. (2014-02-27)
A multi-wavelength view of radio galaxy Hercules A
Spectacular jets powered by the gravitational energy of a super massive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A illustrate the combined imaging power of two of astronomy's cutting-edge tools, the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, and the recently upgraded Karl G. (2012-11-29)
Computer simulations shed light on the Milky Way's missing red giants
Simulations investigate the possibility that red giants at the center of our galaxy were dimmed after they were stripped of 10s of percent of their mass millions of years ago during repeated collisions with an accretion disk. (2016-06-07)
Search of galactic halo yields a treasure trove
A project supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to determine the nature of dark matter in the halo of the Milky Way has yielded a treasure trove of data on 73 million stars. (2001-09-26)
Astronomy team that includes UCLA finance professor discovers nearby dwarf galaxy
A team of astronomers led by UCLA research astronomer Michael Rich has used a novel telescope to discover a previously unknown companion to a nearby galaxy, known as NGC 4449, some 12.5 million light years from Earth. (2012-02-08)
This star cluster is not what it seems
This new image from the VLT Survey Telescope in northern Chile shows a vast collection of stars, the globular cluster Messier 54. (2014-09-10)
Distant ring of stars found around the Milky Way
A previously unseen band of stars beyond the edge of the Milky Way galaxy has been discovered by a team of scientists from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). (2003-01-06)
Milky Way may have formed 'inside-out': Gaia provides new insight into Galactic evolution
Research on first data release from Gaia-ESO project suggests the Milky Way formed by expanding out from the centre, and reveals new insights into the way our Galaxy was assembled. (2014-01-19)
Disaster looms for gas cloud falling into Milky Way's central black hole
Astronomers have observed a cloud of gas several times the mass of Earth approaching the 4.3 million solar-mass black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and calculate that it will not survive the encounter. (2011-12-14)
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. (2013-12-17)
Pan-STARRS finds a 'lost' supernova
Supernova explosions of massive stars are common in spiral galaxies like the Milky Way, where new stars are forming all the time. (2013-03-07)
Immigrant Sun: Our star could be far from where it started in Milky Way
New simulations challenge a long-held belief, indicating that in galaxies similar to the Milky Way stars such as our Sun can migrate great distances. (2008-09-15)
Notre Dame astrophysicists publish new approach to cosmic lithium in the early universe
J. Christopher Howk, Nicolas Lehner and Grant Mathews of the Center for Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame published a paper this week in the journal Nature titled (2012-09-07)
The Spitzer photo atlas of galactic 'train wrecks'
Five billion years from now, our Milky Way galaxy will collide with the Andromeda galaxy. (2011-05-25)
Hubble zooms in on double nucleus in Andromeda galaxy
A new Hubble Space Telescope image centers on the 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the hub of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31, or the Andromeda galaxy, the only galaxy outside the Milky Way visible to the naked eye and the only other giant galaxy in the local group. (2012-01-11)
2MASS twin telescopes bring the stars to earth
Amateur stargazers and high-level astronomers are now able to view a half-million galaxies and 162 million stars on their home computers, thanks to a massive release of images from an infrared sky survey. (2000-07-13)
A postcard from extragalactic space?
ESO astronomers have used the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope to capture an image of NGC 6744. (2011-06-01)
Newly found pulsar helps astronomers explore Milky Way's mysterious core
The new discovery of a pulsar that is the closest yet found to the Milky Way's central supermassive black hole has provided an important measurement of the magnetic field produced by a rotating disk surrounding the black hole. (2013-08-14)
The Milky Way's tiny but tough galactic neighbor
ESO announces the release of a stunning new image of one of our nearest galactic neighbors, Barnard's Galaxy, also known as NGC 6822. (2009-10-14)
Discovery triples number of stars in universe
Astronomers have discovered that small, dim stars known as red dwarfs are much more prolific than previously thought -- so much so that the total number of stars in the universe is likely three times bigger than realized. (2010-12-01)
Rutgers' black hole discovery: The first galaxy without one or the smallest black hole yet?
Using the Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectroscope, astronomers from Rutgers' Supermassive Black Hole Research Group have made an exciting discovery. (2001-07-19)
Chandra takes in bright lights, big city of Milky Way
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has made a stunning, high-energy panorama of the central regions of our Milky Way galaxy. (2002-01-09)
Symphony of colours in the Tarantula
The Tarantula Nebula is the most vigorous star forming region known in the local Universe. (2004-12-15)
Researchers Obtain Clearest View Of Nearby Galaxy's Core
An Ohio University astronomer and a team of researchers have obtained the clearest view yet of the center of the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest large galactic neighbor to our Milky Way. (1999-03-03)
Mystery of ultra-diffuse faint galaxies solved
Researchers have observed some very faint, diffuse galaxies. It has been a mystery, how galaxies so faint -- containing up to 1,000 times fewer stars than the Milky Way could still be just as large. (2016-11-28)
Galactic 'rain' could be key to star formation
Some of the galaxies in our universe are veritable star nurseries. (2015-03-04)
Hubble sees multiple star generations in a globular cluster
Hubble's observations of the massive globular cluster NGC 2808 provide evidence for three generations of stars that formed early in its life. (2007-05-02)
From a hole in the ceiling to Kitt Peak
Award-winner's work has helped astrophysicists flesh out their understanding of the structure of our galaxy and its components. (2004-02-12)
The thousand-ruby galaxy
ESO's Wide Field Imager has captured the intricate swirls of the spiral galaxy Messier 83, a smaller look-alike of our own Milky Way. (2008-09-02)
Neighbor galaxies may have brushed closely, astronomers find
New observations confirm a tenuous (2012-06-11)
Highway of WIMPs may solve cosmic mystery
WIMPs speeding at 670,000 mph on a (2004-03-22)
Sibling stars
Open star clusters like the one seen here are not just perfect subjects for pretty pictures. (2015-08-19)
Nomads of the galaxy
A recent study proposes the galaxy is crowded with nomad planets adrift in space. (2012-05-23)
Automation offers big solution to big data in astronomy
The Square Kilometer Array, a radio telescope planned for Africa and Australia, will have an unprecedented ability to deliver data -- lots of data points, with lots of details -- on the location and properties of stars, galaxies and giant clouds of hydrogen gas. (2015-03-24)
Forget Planet X! New technique could pinpoint Galaxy X
Many galaxies have smaller satellites, but astronomers can't see them all because many are composed of dark matter. (2011-01-13)
FUSE Satellite Will Test Big Bang Theory
A space telescope designed to sort through cosmic chemical muck and star-making stew will begin scouring for the fossil record of the origins of the universe when it is launched from Cape Canaveral in a few weeks. (1999-04-07)
Cosmic dust discs withstand hellfire
Scientists led by astronomers at the University of Bonn discovered an unusual phenomenon in the center of the Milky Way: They detected rotating dust and gas discs hosting exceptionally large and hot stars. (2015-03-10)
Microquasar found in neighbor galaxy, tantalizing scientists
Scientists who discovered the first microquasar beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy are excited at the prospect of more such objects yielding valuable clues about how these mysterious powerhouses actually work. (2012-12-12)
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