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Students map Milky Way with dwarf stars

Two astronomy students from Leiden University have mapped the entire Milky Way Galaxy in dwarf stars for the first time. They show that there are a total of 58 billion dwarf stars, of which seven per cent reside in the outer ...

dateMar 16, 2016 in Astronomy
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WISE reveals the X-shaped bulge of our galaxy

Using a set of coadded images taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany and the University of Toronto in Canada, have provided new insights ...

dateMar 03, 2016 in Astronomy report
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Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these "fast radio ...

dateMar 02, 2016 in Astronomy
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The Milky Way's central molecular zone

The center of our Milky Way galaxy lies about 27,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius. At its core is a black hole about four million solar masses in size. Around the black hole is a donut-shaped ...

dateFeb 29, 2016 in Astronomy
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ATLASGAL survey of Milky Way completed

APEX, the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment telescope, is located at 5100 metres above sea level on the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile's Atacama region. The ATLASGAL survey took advantage of the unique characteristics of the telescope ...

dateFeb 24, 2016 in Astronomy
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Messier 4 (M4) – the NGC 6121 globular cluster

During the late 18th century, Charles Messier began to notice that a series of "nebulous" objects in the night sky that he originally mistook for comets. In time, he would notice that they were in fact something significantly ...

dateFeb 23, 2016 in Astronomy
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Hubble watches the icy blue wings of Hen 2-437

In this cosmic snapshot, the spectacularly symmetrical wings of Hen 2-437 show up in a magnificent icy blue hue. Hen 2-437 is a planetary nebula, one of around 3,000 such objects known to reside within the Milky Way.

dateFeb 15, 2016 in Astronomy
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