milky way galaxy

A Black Hole has been Found Lurking Just Outside the Milky Way

Astronomers have found a smaller, stellar-mass black hole lurking in a nearby satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way.  The…

3 weeks ago

The Milky Way Broke one of its Arms

The Milky Way galaxy is our home, and yet in some ways, it is the least understood galaxy. One of…

4 months ago

There Should be a few Supernovae in the Milky Way Every Century, but we’ve Only Seen 5 in the Last 1000 Years. Why?

Our galaxy hosts supernovae explosions a few times every century, and yet it's been hundreds of years since the last…

11 months ago

Astronomers Discover Hundreds of High-Velocity Stars, Many on Their Way Out of the Milky Way

Combining data from two of the largest databases in the world, an international team of astronomers was able to doubledthe…

11 months ago

The family tree of the Milky Way. The mergers that gave us the galaxy we see today

Galaxies build themselves up slowly over time by cannibalizing their neighbors. Using an advanced suite of computer simulations, researchers have…

1 year ago

The Spherical Structure at the Core of the Milky Way Formed in a Single Burst of Star Formation

Like other spiral galaxies, the Milky Way has a bulging sphere of stars in its center. It's called "The Bulge,"…

1 year ago

The Destruction of Dark Matter isn’t Causing Extra Radiation at the Core of the Milky Way

While recent studies suggest that dark matter interactions might create gamma rays, a new study of gamma rays in our…

1 year ago

A Globular Cluster was Completely Dismantled and Turned Into a Ring Around the Milky Way

An international team of astronomers discovered some surprising when studying a debris ring around our Milky Way: the remnants of…

1 year ago

Astronomers See Through the Milky Way’s Dust to Track Where Radiation is Coming From at the Center of the Galaxy

The center of our very own galaxy might be one of the Universe's most mysterious places. Astronomers have to probe…

1 year ago

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 2608, Surrounded by Many Many Other Galaxies

Meet NGC 2608, a barred spiral galaxy about 93 million light years away, in the constellation Cancer. Also called Arp…

1 year ago