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Beyond the Milky Way: The sublime beauty of our galactic neighbors

With the upcoming 2020 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope promising to capture pictures of universe with a degree of detail never before seen, we take a look back at some of the most breathtakin... read more

Why do galaxies align?

Embedded within these filaments are densely populated groups and clusters of galaxies. Between them lie immense voids. Our own Milky Way Galaxy resides in the ... has slowly woven a cosmic web of subl... read more

First Folio captures universal truths in dazzling tale of ‘Sky’

It seems inconceivable, but it’s been less than a century since humans realized that the universe went beyond the boundaries of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. As late as 1918 ... Leavitt’s story unfo... read more

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Far and Away, Flat Out, The West’s Best Road Trip!

It turns out it is indeed open, and so we venture inside to a galaxy of Martian t-shirts, X-Files posters, space gimcracks, UFO tchotchkes and an empty bottle of Alien Tequila. Someone, it seems, dran... read more

Image of the Day: The Hubble takes a stab into the starry heart of our Milky Way

Beyond a handful of blue foreground stars seen, this hypnotic congregation is a member of the Milky Way’s nuclear star cluster, the most massive and densest star cluster in our galaxy ... a tapestry o... read more

The Milky Way: How to See It in the Summer Night Sky

Late summer is one of the best times of year to view the full splendor of our galaxy ... farm where my nearest neighbors are about half a mile away. And they don't have any bright lights in their yard... read more

Ten things you don’t know about the Milky Way Galaxy

So the little bubble of stars we can see around us is just a drop in the ocean of the Milky Way. 7) 90% of it is invisible. When you look at the motions of the stars in our galaxy, you can apply some ... read more

Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

Supernova explosions, which take place when a star has reached the end of its life, occur on average once or twice every 100 years in our Milky Way. They are more likely ... but in every instance they ... read more

The Best Astronomy and Space Pictures of 2013

Part of that is the wonder and awe it generates, learning about the Universe and our place in it. But of course, there is great beauty in the skies as well. From our nearest neighbors to the most dist... read more

Serious blow to dark matter theories? New study finds mysterious lack of dark matter in Sun's neighborhood

Our calculations ... to move beyond this point." concludes Christian Moni Bidin. Explore further: Missing Milky Way dark matter More information: This research was presented in a paper, "Kinematical a... read more

Wormhole to another galaxy may exist at the centre of our Milky Way, astrophysicist claims

“If we combine the map of the dark matter in the Milky Way with the most recent Big Bang model to explain the universe and we hypothesize the existence of space-time tunnels, what we get is that our g... read more

Trip through the universe with the Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners

The top prize this year was given to American photographer Brad Goldpaint for his sublime shot of a lone photographer capturing the Milky Way in Moab ... under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale an... read more

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