Tag: Milky Way galaxy

Researchers Find Neutron Star Collision That Could Have Birthed Plutonium On Earth

Scientists claimed that a neutron star collision near the early Solar System triggered the process that created plutonium and other heavy elements on Earth. In a study, they detailed how the event shaped the composition of the solar system.

Space May 2, 2019

Astronomers Make First Direct Observation Of Planet Outside The Solar System

For the first time, astronomers were able to directly observe a planet outside the Milky Way. Experts used an innovative technique involving four telescopes to disentangle the blinding lights from the planet's parent star.

Space March 27, 2019

Latest Galactic Map Shows That Milky Way Is 'Warped And Twisted'

A team of astronomers found that the Milky Way Galaxy is warped around the edges. Using 1,339 stars, they were able to map the real shape of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Space February 5, 2019

Researchers Investigate Why Milky Way-Sized Galaxy Is Missing Neighbors

Scientists used a ground-based telescope to observe the M 94 galaxy about 16 million light-years away from the Milky Way. The study found M 94 only has two satellite galaxies which question the current model on the formation of galaxies.

Space January 10, 2019

Researchers Investigate Why Milky Way-Sized Galaxy Is Missing Neighbors

Scientists used a ground-based telescope to observe the M 94 galaxy about 16 million light-years away from the Milky Way. The study found M 94 only has two satellite galaxies which question the current model on the formation of galaxies.

Space January 10, 2019

Milky Way Collision With Large Magellanic Cloud Will Happen Sooner Than Expected

Researchers revealed that the Milky Way Galaxy will collide with the Large Magellanic Cloud in 2 million years. The impact might cause a shock within the entire galaxy that might knock the solar system into outer space.

Space January 5, 2019

Binary Star System 8,000 Light-Years Away Is About To Go Supernova

The binary star system 8,000 light-years away from Earth is the first candidate within the Milky Way Galaxy to produce a gamma-ray burst. Astronomers claimed that the orbiting Wolf-Rayet stars at its core could further fuel the explosion.

Space November 20, 2018

University Professor Creates Theme Song For Milky Way Galaxy: Listen Here

Dr. Mark Heyer of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst composed music to showcase how gases rotate around the Milky Way galaxy. He converted over 20 years of astronomical data into music notes.

Space May 4, 2018

Astronomers Caught Supermassive Black Hole Burping Twice For The First Time

Astronomers caught a supermassive black hole burping twice after munching on gas. Such an act was caught for the very first time using data from a number of telescopes and observatories.

Space January 16, 2018

Milky Way Galaxy Could Be Home Of 100 Billion Failed Stars

Astronomers believe that our galaxy could contain more brown dwarf stars than previously estimated. Star clusters outside the solar system reveal failed stars hidden in plain sight.

Space July 9, 2017

DeeDee Could Be Our Solar System’s Newest Dwarf Planet: Find Out More About The Icy Orb

Astronomers first spotted the distant celestial object UZ224 in 2014. After years of observation, they reveal that 'DeeDee' meets all the new requirements to be considered a dwarf planet.

Space April 16, 2017

Farthest Milky Way Stars Might Have Been Ripped From Another Galaxy

New research published by scientists at Harvard shows that the Milky Way has a tendency to "steal" stars from smaller neighboring galaxies. The interaction between the Milky Way and the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy is believed to have resulted in such a phenomenon, which gave birth to three giant streams of stars.

Space January 15, 2017

New Stars Discovered In Milky Way Core: Discovery Sheds New Light On Globular Clusters, How The Galaxy Formed

A new family of stars has been discovered in the core of the Milky Way as part of a project carried out through the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The discovery offered new insights on how the galaxy was formed.

Space November 28, 2016

Ancient Star Remains Found At The Center Of The Milky Way

Using an infrared telescope, researchers got a clearer view of the center of the Milky Way, discovering that the galaxy’s core features remnants of ancient stars called RR Lyrae.

Space October 14, 2016

Our Home Arm In The Milky Way May Be Bigger Than What Scientists Thought

Our 'little' corner in the Milky Way galaxy may actually be much grander than what scientists previously calculated, a new study has revealed. The discovery may change the way experts view the galaxy's major arms.

Space September 28, 2016

Milky Way Measurement Reveals Galaxy Is Lighter Than Previously Thought

The mass of the Milky Way galaxy has been a puzzle for many astronomers. Now, a young scientist was able to come up with a technique to better measure the galaxy's mass.

Space June 2, 2016

Astronomers Peek Behind The Milky Way And Discover Hundreds Of Hidden Galaxies: Why This Matters

Scientists at the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research in Australia have discovered hundreds of new galaxies hiding behind the expanse of the Milky Way. The team believes this could help them uncover more information on a massive gravitational anomaly in space known as the Great Attractor.

Space February 10, 2016

Gas Cloud Headed For Collision With Milky Way: When Will This Happen?

An enormous gas cloud, which was once part of the Milky Way, is plummeting towards our galaxy and will collide in about 30 million years. The collision will give birth to new stars and will provide enough gas to generate 2 million suns.

Space February 1, 2016

Milky Way Could Be An Undead Zombie Galaxy But There’s A Way To Bring It Back

The Milky Way may be dead or currently in the brink of dying, an expert said. The star formation of the galaxy is said to be dwindling down thus turning it into a zombie galaxy.

Space January 30, 2016

Stellar Drama: Globular Clusters 'Adopt' Baby Stars Rather Than Having 'Biological Children'

A new study conducted by researchers in China and the United States suggests that dense collections of stars known as globular clusters are capable of producing newer generations of stars. This is done by taking in star-forming dust and gas that the clusters encounter as they move about their respective host galaxies.

Space January 28, 2016

Galactic Archaeology: Scientists Create Age Map Of The Milky Way

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany have developed the first age map of the Milky Way. With this map, the team was able to chart how the spiral galaxy evolved throughout billions of years.

Space January 9, 2016

Astronomers Detect Shock Waves Revealing Dozens Of Milky Way's 'Runaway' Stars

Runaway stars speeding through our galaxy reveal themselves in 'bow waves' of glowing gas, astronomers say. Dozens of such stars have been identified this way, they explain.

Space January 7, 2016

Young Stars Found Hanging Out In Older Neighborhood Of Our Galaxy

Young stars have been found in the center of the Milky Way, once thought the home of only older stars. Thought to have exhausted star-making material, the galactic center is apparently still cranking out new stars, astronomers say.

Space October 29, 2015

Scientists Spot Super-sized Black Hole That Grew Larger Than Host Galaxy

Astronomers from different academic institutions have discovered a supermassive black hole that developed at a much faster rate than its host galaxy.

Space July 11, 2015

Astronomers Learn More About Star So Super-Hot It Deserves Its 'Nasty' Nickname

Scientists use Hubble telescope to study a star like no other in our Milky Way galaxy. The star and a possible companion may be engaging in some 'sloppy stellar cannibalism,' they say.

Space May 21, 2015

Gigantic Galactic Halo Of Andromeda Might Hint Of How Galaxies Form

A massive halo of gas was discovered surrounding the galaxy of Andromeda, according to researchers from the University of Notre Dame. Scientists now believe that studying the gaseous atmosphere could help explain the evolution and structure of spiral galaxies in the universe.

Space May 9, 2015

Hubble Telescope Sees Giant Cosmic 'Halo' Around Nearby Andromeda Galaxy

Our nearest galactic neighbor, Andromeda, wears a gas halo larger than previously assumed, astronomers say. A similar halo may surround our Milky Way galactic home as well, they suggest.

Space May 7, 2015

Newly Discovered Exoplanet Is The Most Distant Ever Detected

A space telescope used to discover the most distant exoplanet found so far could improve our mapping of planets in the Milky Way, astronomers say. The new planet is almost 13,000 light years from us, they report.

Space April 16, 2015

Mysterious Galaxy X Found Finally? Dark Matter Hunters Would Like To Believe So

Mysterious dwarf galaxy in orbit around our Milky Way home may be composed mostly of mysterious dark matter, astronomers say. Discovery follows 2009 prediction of its existence based on strange ripples seen in the outer edges of the Milky Way.

Space February 8, 2015

Violent History of Andromeda Galaxy Revealed

Astronomers track movements of thousands of stars in nearby galaxy to uncover secrets of its past. Andromeda Galaxy shows signs of a cosmic collision, mergers in its history, they say.

Space January 12, 2015

Galactic Drama: Scientists Debate if Objects Near Massive Black Hole are Binary Stars or Gas Clouds

Is it a binary star? Is it a gas cloud? Scientists just don't know what to make of it. An object whirling around the black hole Sagittarius A*, G2, was first spotted in 2011.

Space January 4, 2015

Scientists Discover Tiny Galaxy Hiding Next to Milky Way: KKs3 is Only 7 Million Light Years Away

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers discovered a dwarf galaxy lurking near the Milky Way. Dubbed KKs3, the system is the second known dwarf spheroidal galaxy in the Local Group.

Space December 27, 2014

5 billion years: Time left till Andromeda devours Milky Way and all of us

Ultimate fate our our Milky Way galactic home? Becoming a cosmic meal for a cannibalistic larger galaxy, astronomers say.

Space September 21, 2014

Massive galaxies chomp on smaller ones to expand: Will Milky Way be Andromeda's lunch one day?

Galaxies are swallowed by larger collections of stars, helping to feed their growth, according to a new study in Australia. What happens five billion years from now?

Space September 20, 2014

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