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The Milky Way Is Still Feeling the Effects of an Ancient Encounter

A close flyby with a small galaxy hundreds of millions of years ago sent ripples through our own that astronomers can still observe today.<p>Nearly 1 million miles away from Earth, a top-hat-shaped spacecraft called Gaia has spent the past five years scanning the galaxy and studying its stellar …

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The Magellanic Clouds Might Once Have Been a Trio

The Milky Way's two largest companion galaxies may have once been a threesome — but new data from the Gaia satellite leaves the satellites' history …


Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way

A team led by researchers from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB, UB-IEEC) and the University of Groningen has …

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A Star-Wheeled Sky - eARC by Brad R. Torgersen

Well over a millennia in the past, men and women fled Earth. Escaping Armageddon. What they found—lost in some forgotten corner of the Milky Way …

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ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

Gaia is a star mapping mission that the ESA is conducting, and it recently discovered something very interesting. Gaia has found that the Milky Way …

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A new telescope shows the center of the Milky Way in dazzling, fiery detail

There is a new radio telescope up and running based in Karoo, South Africa. The MeerKAT (Karoo Array Telescope), as it’s named, operated by the South …

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Narrowing Down the Mass of the Milky Way

These include the intricacies of galaxy formation, discrepancies with the current Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda CDM) model, alternative theories on …


All The News You Need To Read This Morning

Smoking could be non-existent in the England by the year 2030, according to health chiefs.<p>The news is part boring and part overwhelming, so here's a quick list of all the stuff we thought was significant today:<p>Staff from McDonalds and Wetherspoons will unite next month for a huge strike against …

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April 5, 1996 - The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies

April 5, 1996 <b><br>The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> Digitized Sky Survey (ROE), SkyView <b><br>Copyright:</b> STScI, AAO, UK-PPARC, ROE<p><b>Explanation:</b> Here is one …


2018 September 21 - Irregular Galaxy NGC 55

<b>IrregularGalaxy NGC 55</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Martin Pugh<p><b>Explanation:</b> Irregular galaxy NGC 55 is thought to be similar to the Large Magellanic …


Spiralling motion of six million stars in the Milky Way was created when it narrowly avoided a collision with a dwarf galaxy 900 million years ago

Our Milky Way galaxy is still reeling from the effects of a galactic near-miss that set six million of its stars moving 'like ripples in a pond'.<p>The …

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Image - Spiral Galaxy NGC 3949: A Galaxy Similar to the Milky Way

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3949: A Galaxy Similar to the Milky Way<p>Download Options<p>×<p>Fast Facts<p>About the Object<p>NGC 3949<p>Spiral Galaxy<p>11h 53m 41.37s<p>47° 51' …

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Milky Way Nearly Collided With Smaller Galaxy in Cosmic Fender Bender

Our Milky Way galaxy holds hundreds of billions of stars. Many of those suns were formed locally from clouds of gas — at the rate of handful every …


Artist’s impressions of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system

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The mystery of the missing galaxy: Two of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way once had a third companion that DISAPPEARED billions of years ago

Two of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way - the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds may have once had a third companion, astronomers …


Gaia hints at our Galaxy’s turbulent life

Our Milky Way galaxy is still enduring the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars moving like ripples on a pond, the Gaia star …

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Join us for the opening of the 10th season of SciCafe! Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty discusses her current work visualizing and studying the universe using newly-released data from the Gaia catalog. In April, the Gaia space telescope released its second catalog of over 1.3 billion stellar distances, this unprecedented dataset is helping astronomers map the Milky Way like never before. Doors open at 6:30pm. Event details:

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Astrophotography in Canberra: the best dark sky locations

Canberra's lack of light pollution and low humidity helps when photographing the Milky Way and capturing sharp, pinpoint images.<p>Though you can still …


2001 February 2 - All-Sky Panorama

<b>All-Sky Panorama</b> <b><br>Credit & Copyright:</b> Axel Mellinger<p><b>Explanation:</b> This quite stunning panorama of the entire sky is a mosaic of 51 wide-angle …


A bright spot in the dark: Gamma and X-rays tell us the story of the Galactic Centre

The central regions of galaxies are extremely crowded places, containing up to a few hundreds of millions of stars. They are generally extremely …

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A Stunning Astrolapse Showcasing the Hypnotic Beauty of the Milky Way in the Colorful Norwegian Night Sky

In the third film of his Galaxies Series, astrophotographer Adrien Mauduit has created a stunning hypnotic astrolapse that captures the beauty of the …

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Exquisite spiral galaxy shines in new ESO image

Astronomers have captured a striking view of the galaxy NGC 3981, which is revealed shining with the light of energetic stars, surrounded by its …

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The R Coronae Australis region imaged with the Wide Field Imager at La Silla*

Type:<p>Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region<br>Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection


Hubble: Andromeda Is Big, Massive, And Full Of The Stars Our Milky Way Is Missing

The Milky Way is our cosmic home, containing hundreds of billions of stars across 100,000 light-years.<p>But 2.5 million light years away, our big sister, Andromeda, outclasses us in every way.<p>It’s double our diameter, with around a trillion stars.<p>It’s the Local Group’s biggest, most massive and …


2018 September 11 - Milky Way over Trolls Tongue

<b>Milky Way over Troll's Tongue</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Ruslan Merzlyakov (RMS Photography)<p><b>Explanation:</b> You have to take a long hike to see the …

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Radiance of Milky Way over La Silla


Behold, the Milky Way! Our Galaxy Glitters in This Spectacular Photo

<i>Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night</i> …


The Milky Way’s Glimmering Core Captured in a Timelapse Video by Adrien Mauduit | Colossal

<p>When not working for a NASA-funded citizen-science project, Adrien Mauduit travels the world seeking out remote places to create photographs and …


Woman knits stellar map as a giant tapestry

Australian software engineer Sarah Spencer used a 1980s knitting machine to create a gorgeous equatorial star map in the form of a huge tapestry.<p>From …


Zoom in to the Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy

This video clip is 26 years in the making.<p>The European Southern Observatory (ESO) compiled 26 years of astronomy data from ESO's telescopes to create …

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