Galactic Snacker Naps After Dining On Stars

I sense a real interest about the gravitational wave discovery today even among people who don’t usually pay attention to science news. I think we’re all amazed on at least two fronts: that Einstein made the prediction so long ago and that such a huge discovery still remained to be made. At times, we seem to…
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Astronomers Discover Brightest Galaxy In The Universe

Our Milky Way is a substantial galaxy containing some 300 billion stars, over a thousand star clusters, tens of thousands of star-forming gas clouds and possibly up to 100 billion planets. All swirling around in pizza-like disk 100,000 light years across. It’s big enough and bright enough to see dimly with the naked eye from…
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Hubble Sees Ghosts Of Quasars Past Etched In Green Whorls

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered strands of ghostly green goo whirling around inside galaxies that once blazed with brilliant quasars. The looped structures are actually made of the gases oxygen, helium, neon, nitrogen and sulfur. Such huge structures glow for a reason – they’re powered by the light an ancient quasar. Quasars…
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Galaxies, Galaxies And More Galaxies – 225 Billion And Counting!

Like a spinning hypnotic disk, who can’t resist the spiral swirls of dust that draw your gaze to the core of galaxy NGC 524? It’s one of billions of galaxies that populate the observable universe. Located 90 million light away in the constellation Pisces, this mysterious-looking object is known as a lenticular galaxy. It used to be a…
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Meet KKs3, A Tiny New Galaxy Hiding Near The Milky Way

There’s a new runt in the neighborhood. Bring out the welcome wagon for KKs3, a tiny, isolated galaxy 7 million light years away in the southern constellation Hydrus the Lesser Water Snake. The Milky Way galaxy is one some 50 galaxies in the Local Group, a gravitationally-bound cluster of galaxies including the familiar Andromeda Galaxy…
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