News tagged with milky way galaxy

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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Preserving the legacy of the X-ray universe

Every year, October is designated as American Archive Month. While many people may think "archive" means only dusty books and letters, there are, in fact, many other types of important archives. This includes ...

dateOct 29, 2013 in Astronomy
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The galactic mosh pit

Astronomers have discovered that our Galaxy wobbles. An international team of astronomers around Mary Williams from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) detected and examined this phenomenon ...

dateOct 22, 2013 in Astronomy
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Brightest beacons

Deep-space missions require precise navigation, in particular when approaching bodies such as Mars, Venus or a comet. How precise?

dateOct 02, 2013 in Astronomy
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