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One in five Milky Way stars may have Earth-like planets: Study

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 05, 2013, 09:28

One out of every five sun-like stars in the Milky Way galaxy has a planet about the size of Earth that is properly positioned for water, a key ingredient for life, a study released on Monday showed.

Magnetic `force field` to shield giant gas cloud during crash with Milky Way Galaxy

Last Updated: Friday, November 01, 2013, 12:58

Astronomers have found that doom may be averted for the Smith Cloud, a gigantic streamer of hydrogen gas that is on a collision course with the Milky Way Galaxy, because of a magnetic field deep in the cloud`s interior may protect it during its plunge.

New methods could make Milky Way supernova visible from Earth in next 50 yrs

Last Updated: Friday, November 01, 2013, 12:46

Astronomers have deduced that sometime during the next 50 years, a supernova occurring in Milky Way galaxy is going to be visible from Earth.

Milky Way `swallows gas clouds wrapped in magnetic field` to give birth to stars

Last Updated: Friday, November 01, 2013, 12:40

Milky Way may have been swallowing "pills" - clouds of gas with a magnetic wrapper - to keep creating stars for the past eight billion years.

Violent past of Milky Way`s giant black hole revealed

Last Updated: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 11:29

NASA`s Chandra X-ray Observatory has helped find evidence that the normally dim region very close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, flared up with at least two luminous outbursts in the past few hundred years.

Milky Way galaxy `wobbles`

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 13:01

An international team of astronomers have discovered that Milky Way galaxy "wobbles."

How stars are formed

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 18:07

A new paper describes the observation-based relationships of the structure and supersonic internal motions of molecular clouds where stars form.

ESA to launch Gaia space observatory on November 20

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 13:53

European Space Agency`s billion-star surveyor Gaia, which will map the stars with unprecedented precision, is going to be launched from Europe`s spaceport in Kourou on November 20.

Early warning system to detect killer asteroids

Last Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013, 19:36

The powerful Gaia space telescope designed to create a 3D map of stars in the Milky Way will also detect killer asteroids on a potentially fatal collision course with our planet when it is launched next month.

New `Milky Way Mission` reality series to send celebs to space

Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013, 15:56

Sony Pictures Television and Dutch broadcaster Nederland 1 have announced a new series called ` Milky Way Mission` that will send celebs to space.

20-year dark matter mystery `unravelled`

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 14:52

Astronomers believe that they have found the answers to a 20-year debate over how dark matter is distributed in small galaxies.

Scientists take step closer to finding cosmic ray`s origins

Last Updated: Sunday, September 01, 2013, 11:30

Cosmic rays are known to reach energies above 100 billion giga-electron volts (1011 GeV).