News tagged with spiral arm

Milky Way stars move in mysterious ways

Rather than moving in circles around the center of the Milky Way, all the stars in our Galaxy are travelling along different paths, moving away from the Galactic center. This has just been evidenced by Arnaud ...

Nov 30, 2010
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A new, distant arm of the Milky Way galaxy

(PhysOrg.com) -- Our Milky Way galaxy, like other spiral galaxies, has a disk with sweeping arms of stars, gas, and dust that curve around the galaxy like the arms of a huge pinwheel.

Jun 13, 2011
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Messier 61 looks straight into Hubble's camera

(Phys.org) —The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this image of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 61, also known as NGC 4303. The galaxy, located only 55 million light-years away from Earth, is roughly ...

Jun 21, 2013
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Swirling electrons in the whirlpool galaxy

The whirlpool galaxy Messier 51 (M51) is seen from a distance of approximately 30 million light years. This galaxy appears almost face-on and displays a beautiful system of spiral arms.

Aug 20, 2014
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First Direct Imaging of a Young Binary System

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of astronomers from The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and other universities have captured the first direct image of a young ...

Dec 15, 2009
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Image: Hubble serves a slice of stars

The thin, glowing streak slicing across this image cuts a lonely figure, with only a few foreground stars and galaxies in the distant background for company.

Jul 31, 2014
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A spiral galaxy with a secret

(Phys.org)—The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope – with a little help from an amateur astronomer – has produced one of the best views yet of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 106. Located a little over 20 ...

Feb 05, 2013
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Earth's Milky Way neighborhood gets more respect

(Phys.org) —Our Solar System's Milky Way neighborhood just went upscale. We reside between two major spiral arms of our home galaxy, in a structure called the Local Arm. New research using the ultra-sharp ...

Jun 03, 2013
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NASA's Hubble sees a stranger in the crowd

The constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) is the largest of the Zodiac constellations, and the second largest overall after Hydra (The Water Snake). Its most appealing feature, however, is the sheer number ...

Jul 22, 2013
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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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Scientists get a look at the birth of the Milky Way

(PhysOrg.com) -- For the first time, a team of astronomers has succeeded in investigating the earliest phases of the evolutionary history of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way. The scientists, from the Argelander ...

Jun 21, 2010
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