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10 facts about the Milky Way

The Milky Way Galaxy is an immense and very interesting place. Not only does it measure some 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter, it is home to planet Earth, the birthplace of humanity. Our Solar System resides roughly ...

dateDec 04, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Dating our galaxy's dormant volcano

( —A dormant volcano—a supermassive black hole—lies at the heart of our galaxy. Fresh evidence suggests that it last erupted two million years ago.

dateSep 23, 2013 in Astronomy
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Spitzer finds solid buckyballs in space

( -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have, for the first time, discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space. Prior to this discovery, the microscopic carbon spheres had been found ...

dateFeb 22, 2012 in Astronomy
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Celestial bauble intrigues astronomers

( -- With the holiday season in full swing, a new image from an assembly of telescopes has revealed an unusual cosmic ornament. Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton have been combined ...

dateDec 20, 2011 in Astronomy
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Hubble finds source of Magellanic Stream

( —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 Way. New Hubble ...

dateAug 08, 2013 in Astronomy
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An image gallery gift from Swift satellite

(—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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