Big Bang breakthrough: Scientists differ on BICEP2 findings

Earlier in March, astronomers announced that they had discovered the gravitational ripples in space-time that are echoes of the massive expansion of the universe that took place just after the Big Bang.

Why `starbursts` take place when galaxies collide

Researchers have for the first time explained a long standing mystery: why surges of star formation (so called `starbursts`) take place when galaxies collide.

Dark matter annihilation may be possible

Researchers have claimed that gamma-ray photons observed from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility of dark matter annihilation.

Fast & furious! These stars escaping our galaxy

Astronomers have discovered a new class of `hypervelocity stars` - solitary stars moving fast enough to escape the gravitational grasp of the Milky Way galaxy.

ESA`s billion star-hunter telescope enters orbit

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.

Milky Way galaxy `wobbles`

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

How stars are formed

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

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.

New map of 6,000 clouds shows where stars are born

Scientists have catalogued and mapped 6,194 early star-forming clouds in the biggest-ever survey of dense clumps in our Milky Way Galaxy.

3D mapping reveals Milky Way galaxy has peanut-shaped core

Scientists have produced a detailed three-dimensional map of the stars that form the inner regions of our Milky Way galaxy.

Scientists take step closer to finding cosmic ray`s origins

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

Milky Way galaxy lighter than previously presumed

Milky Way`s dark matter mass suggests that the galaxy weighs just 25 - 33 percent of the amount that was previously estimated, according to a study.

Study of 60,000 stars could help understand how Milky Way was formed

Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) have released a new online public data set featuring 60,000 stars, which could us understand how our Milky Way Galaxy formed.

Alien probes may have visited our solar system before dawn of man

Researchers have predicted that an interstellar probe fleet - travelling at 10 percent of speed of light - could survey the entire Milky Way galaxy in 10 million years.

ESA`s Gaia surveyor ready for launch

ESA`s billion-star surveyor Gaia is ready to depart for its launch site in French Guiana, as it sets to embark on a five-year mission to map the stars with unprecedented precision.

Outcast black holes live on the edge of our galaxy

As many as 2000 black holes kicked away from their homes are now living on the outskirts of our Milky Way galaxy, according to a new study.

Rare explosion created galaxy`s youngest black hole

A highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy, new data from NASA`s Chandra X-ray Observatory have suggested.

2 stars orbit our galaxy`s supermassive black hole

UCLA astronomers have discovered a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a blistering 11-and-a-half years.

Two galaxy systems similar to Milky Way found!

Scientists have found the first group of galaxies that is just like ours, a rare sight in the local universe.

Nobel laureate predicts a dark universe!

Nobel laureate Brian P. Schmidt believes that the universe would eventually fade away.