Despite thousands of years of research and observation, there is much that astronomers still don’t know about the Milky Way Galaxy. At present, astronomers estimate that it spans 100,000 to 180,000 light-years in diameter and consisting of 100 to 400 billion stars. In addition, for decades, there have been unresolved questions about how the structure […]
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An international team of astronomers recently conducted a study of the Milky Way center to determine why it has a comparatively low rate of star formation.
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According to a recent study by a French-Chinese collaboration, the Andromeda galaxy (as we know it) is younger than we thought!
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Thanks to a new study by a team of Spanish researchers, the oldest star in the Milky Way may have finally been discovered
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An international team of astronomers has created the largest map of the movements of galaxies within our Supercluster to date.
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Thanks to a new study by an international team of astronomers, we now have the tools we need to map the far side of our galaxy.
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Researchers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have devised a new way to measure the mass of our galaxy – using hypervelocity stars!
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A team of Chinese astronomers has just discovered two new hypervelocity stars, a rare type of star that is still a mystery to astronomers
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According to a new study using data from the SDSS, ripples in the Milky Way’s disk may be indications of “ancient impacts” with other galaxies.
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A presentation at the June 6th AAS meeting confirms that our galaxy is inside an enormous cosmic void, the largest one ever discovered.
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