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Is This the Future of the Milky Way?

The central region of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 474. It's set against a backdrop of more distant galaxies. Will…

3 months ago

Slimmed Down Red Giants Had Their Mass Stolen By a Companion Star

Millions of stars that can grow up to 620 million miles in diameter, known as 'red giants,' exist in our…

4 months ago

The Milky Way has an Inner Ring, Just Outside the Core

Combining data from the APOGEE survey and the Gaia Observatory with sophisticated models, a team of scientists has found a…

4 months ago

Part of the Milky Way Is Much Older Than Previously Believed

The Milky Way is older than astronomers thought, or part of it is. A newly-published study shows that part of…

5 months ago

Astronomers Scan the Center of the Milky Way for Any Sign of Intelligent Civilizations. Nothing but Silence.

Are there civilizations somewhere else in the Universe? Somewhere else in the Milky Way? That's one of our overarching questions,…

6 months ago

Nearby Supernovae Exploded Just a few Million Years Ago, Leading to a Wave of Star Formation Around the Sun

The Sun isn't the only star in this galactic neighbourhood. Other stars also call this neighbourhood home. But what's the…

7 months ago

The Milky Way’s Most Recent Meal was a Galaxy it Gobbled up 8-10 Billion Years ago

The Milky Way had a sausage galaxy breakfast about 8 billion years ago

7 months ago

An Incredible View Into the Heart of the Small Magellanic Cloud

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is over 200,000 light-years away, yet it's still one of our galaxy's closest neighbours in…

7 months ago

A Detailed Scan of the Milky Way Finds Possible “Fossil” Spiral Arms

New research has revealed previously unknown wispy structures in the Milky Way disk that could offer clues about the history…

8 months ago

Once New Horizons was out Beyond Pluto, it Could Finally Measure the Brightness of the Milky Way

The New Horizons spacecraft has been speeding away from Earth since it launched in 2006. Scientists using the Alice UV…

9 months ago