News tagged with spiral galaxy

A giant stellar void in the Milky Way

A major revision is required in our understanding of our Milky Way Galaxy according to an international team led by Prof Noriyuki Matsunaga of the University of Tokyo. The Japanese, South African and Italian astronomers find ...

dateAug 01, 2016 in Astronomy
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Why does the Milky Way rotate?

We live in a galaxy that is called the Milky Way. It's called a barred spiral galaxy, which means that it has a spiral shape with a bar of stars across its middle. The galaxy is rather huge—at least 100,000 light-years ...

dateFeb 11, 2015 in Astronomy
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Giant ring of black holes

( -- Just in time for Valentine's Day comes a new image of a ring -- not of jewels -- but of black holes.

dateFeb 09, 2011 in Astronomy
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NGC 4710 galaxy: Baffling boxy bulge (w/ Video)

( -- Just as many people are surprised to find themselves packing on unexplained weight around the middle, astronomers find the evolution of bulges in the centres of spiral galaxies puzzling. A recent NASA/ESA ...

dateNov 18, 2009 in Astronomy
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The 'Eye of Sauron'

( -- Spiral galaxy NGC 4151 is dubbed the "Eye of Sauron" for its similarity to the malevolent eye in "The Lord of the Rings."

dateMar 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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