News tagged with milky way galaxy

Hubble sees stars fleeing a cosmic crash

(Phys.org) —Astronomical pictures sometimes deceive us with tricks of perspective. Right in the center of this image, two spiral galaxies appear to be suffering a spectacular collision, with a host of stars ...

Aug 19, 2013
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Hubble finds source of Magellanic Stream

(Phys.org) —Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have solved the 40-year-old mystery of the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around the Milky ...

Aug 08, 2013
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Image of M31 heralds the dawn of HSC's productivity

A stunning image of M31 captured by Subaru Telescope's Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) displays the fruits of international collaboration and technological sophistication aligned with cutting-edge science. In addition ...

Aug 06, 2013
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Monster galaxies lose their appetite with age

(Phys.org) —Our universe is filled with gobs of galaxies, bound together by gravity into larger families called clusters. Lying at the heart of most clusters is a monster galaxy thought to grow in size ...

Aug 01, 2013
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Dance of the X-rays

Like car tail lights streaking through a busy city at night, this unique image records over a thousand movements made by ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope as it shifts its gaze from one X-ray object to another.

Jul 29, 2013
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NASA's Hubble: Galaxies, Comets, and Stars! Oh My!

Approaching the sun, Comet ISON floats against a seemingly infinite backdrop of numerous galaxies and a handful of foreground stars. The icy visitor, with its long gossamer tail, appears to be swimming like ...

Jul 25, 2013
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Feeding galaxy caught in distant searchlight

An international group of astronomers that includes UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist Crystal Martin and former UCSB postdoctoral researcher Nicolas Bouché has spotted a distant galaxy hungrily snacking on ...

Jul 04, 2013
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NASA decommissions its galaxy hunter spacecraft

(Phys.org) —NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after a decade of operations in which the venerable space telescope used its ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies ...

Jun 29, 2013
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Gaia mapping the stars of the Milky Way

ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, has completed final preparations in Europe and is ready to depart for its launch site in French Guiana, set to embark on a five-year mission to map the stars with unprecedented ...

Jun 28, 2013
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