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CSI: Milky Way

These days the core of the Milky Way galaxy is a pretty tame place... cosmically speaking. The galactic black hole at the center is a sleeping giant. Existing stars are peacefully circling. Although conditions are favorable, ...

dateMar 06, 2013 in Astronomy
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A hidden treasure in the Large Magellanic Cloud

(Phys.org)—Nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. Vast clouds of gas within it slowly collapse ...

dateJan 17, 2013 in Astronomy
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An image gallery gift from Swift satellite

(Phys.org)—Of the three telescopes carried by NASA's Swift satellite, only one captures cosmic light at energies similar to those seen by the human eye. Although small by the standards of ground-based observatories, Swift's ...

dateDec 28, 2012 in Astronomy
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How white dwarfs mimic black holes

(Phys.org)—A remarkable observation by astronomers from the University of Southampton has been published in one of the world's foremost astrophysics research journals.

dateDec 17, 2012 in Astronomy
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Astronomers discover a new black hole in our galaxy

(Phys.org)—NASA's Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously ...

dateOct 05, 2012 in Astronomy
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A surprisingly bright superbubble

(Phys.org)—This composite image shows a superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located about 160,000 light years from Earth.

dateAug 30, 2012 in Astronomy
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Hubble watches star clusters on a collision course

(Phys.org) -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have caught two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging. The clusters are 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic ...

dateAug 16, 2012 in Astronomy
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