News tagged with milky way

"Red nugget" galaxies were hiding in plain sight

In 2005 the Hubble Space Telescope spotted unusually small galaxies densely packed with red stars in the distant, young universe. They were nicknamed "red nuggets," not only because they are small and red ...

Sep 13, 2013
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Two spiral galaxies in the process of merging

At this time of year, there are lots of gatherings often decorated with festive lights. When galaxies get together, there is the chance of a spectacular light show as is the case with NGC 2207 and IC 2163

Dec 12, 2014
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VISTA stares right through the Milky Way

A new image taken with ESO's VISTA survey telescope reveals the Trifid Nebula in a new light. By observing in infrared light, astronomers can see right through the central parts of the Milky Way and spot ...

Feb 04, 2015
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Image: Hubble looks into Terzan 7

Named after its discoverer, the French-Armenian astronomer Agop Terzan, this is the globular cluster Terzan 7—a densely packed ball of stars bound together by gravity. It lies just over 75,000 light-years ...

Feb 17, 2014
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Spirals in a galaxy may arise from density waves

It's often said that the shape of a spiral galaxy follows the curve of a golden spiral. You can see this, for example, in the image above. While it's often implied that this curve matches exactly, that isn't ...

Oct 09, 2014
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