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NASA`s Swift clicks images of X-ray action at Milky Way`s core

Last Updated: Thursday, January 09, 2014, 11:33

Recent observations by NASA`s Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of Milky Way galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity which may help them test predictions of Albert Einstein`s theory of general relativity.

Gas cloud set to collide with supermassive black hole at Milky Way`s core

Last Updated: Thursday, January 09, 2014, 11:29

Astronomers have discovered that a mysterious gas cloud about three times the mass of Earth is spiraling towards the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way`s core.

ESA`s billion star-hunter telescope enters orbit

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 18:26

Europe`s billion-star hunting telescope has successfully entered its operational orbit to gather data for the most accurate 3D map yet of our Milky Way galaxy, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

Gaia satellite launched to map billions of stars in the Milky Way

Last Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013, 09:38

European Space Agency on Thursday launched its Gaia mission which will provide a three-dimensional picture of the Milky Way galaxy, measuring appropriate positions and distances of more than a billion stars.

Gaia satellite set for launch to map billions of stars in the Milky Way

Last Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12:12

European Space Agency on Thursday will launch its Gaia mission which will provide a three-dimensional picture of our galaxy, measuring appropriate positions and distances of more than a billion stars.

Milky Way has four spiral arms: Study

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 12:36

Researchers have said that a 12-year-old study of massive stars has reaffirmed that Milky Way has four spiral arms.

Early universe was less dusty than believed

Last Updated: Monday, December 09, 2013, 18:10

Dust may be more rare - even 100 times less - than expected in galaxies of the early Universe, a new study has found.

`Young` Milky Way star shone 100 times brighter while growing up

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 22:15

Researchers have shown that a young, newly formed star in the Milky Way - formed within the past 100,000 years- underwent such an explosive growth, that it was initially about 100 times brighter than it is now.

Stars move in peanut-shell shaped orbits at center of galaxy

Last Updated: Thursday, November 28, 2013, 15:14

A new study suggests that the stars probably move in peanut-shell or figure of eight-shaped orbits instead.

Evidence of jet in Milky Way`s supermassive black hole found

Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 19:09

Astronomers, who have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles, have finally found it.

Stars born in different sites differ in weight

Last Updated: Sunday, November 10, 2013, 15:23

The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed that the star forming sites across the Milky Way are riddled with filaments.

One in five stars in Milky Way circled by Earth-like planets

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 05, 2013, 19:50

Twenty per cent of Sun-like stars in our Milky Way galaxy have Earth-sized planets that could potentially host life, a new study has found.