News tagged with milky way

Meanwhile, in a galaxy not so far, far away...

The fantasy creations of the "Star Wars" universe are strikingly similar to real planets in our own Milky Way galaxy. A super Earth in deep freeze? Think ice-planet "Hoth." And that distant world with double sunsets can't ...

dateDec 16, 2015 in Astronomy
shares730 comments 0

Researchers use stars to infer mass of Milky Way

What if your doctor told you that your weight is somewhere between 100 and 400 lbs.? With any ordinary scale every patient can do better at home. Yet, one patient can't: the Milky Way. Even though today we peer deeper into ...

dateJun 02, 2015 in Astronomy
shares1189 comments 14

Image: Hubble uncovers a mysterious dwarf galaxy

The drizzle of stars scattered across this image forms a galaxy known as UGC 4879. UGC 4879 is an irregular dwarf galaxy—as the name suggests, galaxies of this type are a little smaller and messier than their cosmic cousins, ...

dateJun 13, 2016 in Astronomy
shares46 comments 4

Journey to the center of our galaxy

Peering deep into the heart of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. Apart from a few, blue, foreground stars, almost all of the stars ...

dateMar 31, 2016 in Astronomy
shares950 comments 0

Peering into building blocks of galaxies

(Phys.org)—When a giant cloud of molecular gas condenses, star clusters are born. It may sound simple but the formation of star clusters is a very complex process, not yet completely understood by scientists. By peering ...

dateNov 16, 2015 in Astronomy report
shares866 comments 148

VISTA discovers new component of Milky Way

Astronomers using the VISTA telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory have discovered a previously unknown component of the Milky Way. By mapping out the locations of a class of stars that vary in brightness called Cepheids, ...

dateOct 28, 2015 in Astronomy
shares146 comments 23