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Image: Our galaxy's heart

At first glance, this image may resemble red ink filtering through water or a crackling stream of electricity, but it is actually a unique view of our cosmic home. It reveals the central plane of the Milky Way as seen by ...

dateMay 14, 2018 in Astronomy
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Caffau's star is a dwarf, Gaia DR2 confirms

Caffau's star, the most metal-poor object known to date and one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way galaxy, turns out to be a dwarf star, according to an analysis of new measurements provided by Gaia Data Release 2 (DR2). ...

dateMay 07, 2018 in Astronomy report
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Stellar family portrait in X-rays

In some ways, star clusters are like giant families with thousands of stellar siblings. These stars come from the same origins—a common cloud of gas and dust—and are bound to one another by gravity. Astronomers think ...

dateMay 03, 2018 in Astronomy
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