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“Milky Way”

Jul 21, 2014 05:17 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
In 2011, astronomers were getting excited for what promised to be a spectacular cosmic event. Sadly, it looks like it's turned out to be a galactic damp squib. Continue reading →
Jul 10, 2014 11:00 AM ET // Mike Wall, Space.com
The boundaries of our home galaxy may have to be redrawn.
Jun 2, 2014 01:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Red dwarf stars -- the most common stars in the galaxy -- bathe planets in their habitable zones with potentially deadly stellar winds, a finding that could have significant impacts on the prevalence of life beyond Earth, new research shows.
May 27, 2014 04:29 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Although we have a pretty good idea that our galaxy contains a supermassive black hole at its core, there could be another — albeit rather exotic — explanation for our observations of Sagittarius A*. It might be a wormhole. This … Continue reading →
May 21, 2014 11:49 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Around 7,500 light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Carina (The Keel), lies a loosely-bound collection of stars that are as beautiful as they are useful. Continue reading →
May 15, 2014 07:00 AM ET // Jason Major
How do magnetars become so magnetized? Astronomers think that they might get a little help from their friends. Continue reading →
May 14, 2014 01:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Astronomers have long been in the dark about what is happening just beyond the center of the Milky Way -- but with the help Cepheid variable stars, we're beginning to realize that our galaxy's outer disk is mysteriously flared.
May 12, 2014 12:09 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
When two galaxies collide, the mingling interstellar gases are violently turbulent. Turbulence should switch off any star formation, but galactic mergers are known to be fertile grounds for stellar birthing -- what's going on? Continue reading →
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