News tagged with milky way

Image: Hubble's dwarf-sized, double-named galaxy

The galaxy NGC 178 may be small, but it packs quite a punch. Measuring around 40,000 light-years across, its diameter is less than half that of the Milky Way, and it is accordingly classified as a dwarf galaxy. Despite its ...

dateAug 28, 2017 in Astronomy
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Can astronauts see stars from the space station?

I've often been asked the question, "Can the astronauts on the Space Station see the stars?" Astronaut Jack Fischer provides an unequivocal answer of "yes!" with a recent post on Twitter of a timelapse he took from the ISS. ...

dateAug 18, 2017 in Astronomy
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Image: Gaia's first full-colour all-sky map

While surveying the positions of over a billion stars, ESA's Gaia mission is also measuring their colour, a key diagnostic to study the physical properties of stars. A new image provides a preview of Gaia's first full-colour ...

dateAug 16, 2017 in Astronomy
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Team redefines cosmic velocity web

The cosmic web—the distribution of matter on the largest scales in the universe—has usually been defined through the distribution of galaxies. Now, a new study by a team of astronomers from France, Israel and Hawaii demonstrates ...

dateAug 15, 2017 in Astronomy
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Hubble displays a dwarf spiral galaxy

The subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a dwarf galaxy named NGC 5949. Thanks to its proximity to Earth—it sits at a distance of around 44 million light-years from us, placing it within the Milky Way's ...

dateAug 14, 2017 in Astronomy
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The outer galaxy

The sun is located inside one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy, roughly two-thirds of the way from the galactic center to the outer regions. Because we are inside the galaxy, obscuration by dust and the confusion ...

dateJul 31, 2017 in Astronomy
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