News tagged with milky way galaxy

New GAIA data reveals mergers in Milky Way

University of Groningen astronomers have discovered relics of merger events in the Milky Way halo. Five small groups of stars appear to represent mergers with smaller galaxies, while a big 'blob' comprising hundreds of stars ...

dateJun 13, 2018 in Astronomy
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Supercomputer Astronomy: The Next Generation

The supercomputer Cray XC50, nicknamed NS-05 "ATERUI II" started operation on June 1, 2018. With a theoretical peak performance of 3.087 petaflops, ATERUI II is the world's fastest supercomputer for astrophysical simulations. ...

dateJun 04, 2018 in Astronomy
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SOFIA to study southern skies in New Zealand

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, is heading to Christchurch, New Zealand, to study celestial objects best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere. Observations will include targets that are too ...

dateJun 01, 2018 in Astronomy
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The disc of the Milky Way is bigger than we thought

A team of researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and at the National Astronomical Observatories of Beijing (NAOC) have published a paper which suggests that if we could travel at the speed of light ...

dateMay 15, 2018 in Astronomy
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20th anniversary of first light for SDSS telescope

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of "first light" for the telescope behind the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), which has gone on to create by far the largest three-dimensional map of the Universe ever made. Early ...

dateMay 14, 2018 in Astronomy
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