milky way

Astronomers Build a 3D Map of Dust Within Thousands of Light-Years

If you explore the night sky it won’t be long before you realise there is a lot of dust and…

4 days ago

Astronomers Measure the Mass of the Milky Way by Calculating How Hard it is to Escape

Several techniques have been developed to measure the mass of the Milky Way, providing a range of estimates. In a…

4 weeks ago

There’s Less Dark Matter at the Core of the Milky Way

Science really does keep you on your toes. First there was matter and then there were galaxies. Then those galaxies…

1 month ago

Astronomers Have Mapped the Milky Way's Magnetic Fields in 3D

Researchers have developed the first 3D maps of magnetic field structures within a spiral arm of the Milky Way. While…

2 months ago

Webb’s Infrared Eye Reveals the Heart of the Milky Way

The JWST is taking a break from studying the distant Universe and has trained its infrared eye on the heart…

3 months ago

Gaze Into the Heart of the Milky Way in This Latest JWST Image

Thanks to its infrared capabilities, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) allows astronomers to peer through the gas and dust…

3 months ago

Astronomers Want JWST to Study the Milky Way Core for Hundreds of Hours

To understand the Universe, we need to understand the extreme processes that shape it and drive its evolution. Things like…

4 months ago

Astronomers Release a Cosmic Atlas of 380,000 Galaxies in our Neighborhood

The Milky Way is just one galaxy in a vast cosmic web that makes up the Universe's large-scale structure. While…

5 months ago

New Stars Forming Uncomfortably Close to the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers examining a star cluster near Sgr A*, the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, found that the cluster has some…

5 months ago

The Milky Way's Mass is Much Lower Than We Thought

How massive is the Milky Way? According to a new study using data from ESA's Gaia spacecraft, less than we…

5 months ago