News tagged with milky way galaxy

A galaxy with two hearts

This new Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. One of the largest and closest barred spirals to us, this galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has ...

dateJan 09, 2014 in Astronomy
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Gaia's mission: solving the celestial puzzle

A space mission to create the largest, most-accurate, map of the Milky Way in three dimensions has been launched yesterday. Astronomers say the data gathered by the satellite will "revolutionise" our understanding of the ...

dateDec 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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Gaia secured inside fairing

ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space.

dateDec 16, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Fast radio bursts might come from nearby stars

First discovered in 2007, "fast radio bursts" continue to defy explanation. These cosmic chirps last for only a thousandth of a second. The characteristics of the radio pulses suggested that they came from ...

dateDec 12, 2013 in Astronomy
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Video: Guide to our Galaxy

This virtual journey shows the different components that make up our home galaxy, the Milky Way, which contains about a hundred billion stars.

dateNov 22, 2013 in Astronomy
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Image: Galaxy NGC 4945

This image provides a view into the central region of a galaxy that is similar in overall appearance to our own Milky Way, but contains a much more active supermassive black hole within the white area near ...

dateNov 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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