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The Milky Way’s Smallest, Faintest Satellite Galaxy Found

The Milky Way has many satellite galaxies, most notably the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. They're both visible to the…

3 months ago

Gaia Finds Ancient Streams of Stars That Formed the Milky Way

Using ESA’s Gaia spacecraft, astronomers have tracked down two streams of stars that likely formed the foundation of the Milky…

3 months ago

Astronomers Find the Most Massive Supercluster to Date

The Earth’s place in space is a fairly familiar one with it orbiting an average star. The star - our…

3 months ago

Are Andromeda and the Milky Way Already Exchanging Stars?

I often drag out the amazing fact that the Andromeda Galaxy, that faint fuzzy blob just off the corner of…

3 months ago

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 months ago

JWST Sees a Milky Way-Like Galaxy Coming Together in the Early Universe

The gigantic galaxies we see in the Universe today, including our own Milky Way galaxy, started out far smaller. Mergers…

4 months 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…

5 months ago

Why Don't We See Robotic Civilizations Rapidly Expanding Across the Universe?

In 1950, while sitting down to lunch with colleagues at the Los Alamos Laboratory, famed physicist and nuclear scientist Enrico…

7 months ago

What Would Happen to Earth if a Rogue Star Came Too Close?

Stars are gravitationally fastened to their galaxies and move in concert with their surroundings. But sometimes, something breaks the bond.…

7 months ago

There Aren’t Many Galaxies Like The Milky Way Nearby. Now We Know Why

The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy, maybe even a grand design spiral galaxy. We can't be sure from…

7 months ago