NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recently spotted a diminutive object that is estimated to be over 13 billion light-years away; this is supposed to be one of the farthest, faintest, and smallest galaxies ever seen.
Earth is one of some 40 billion potentially habitable worlds in the galaxy -- with about one new life-friendly planet forming every year, a study has revealed, adding that our Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extra-terrestrial civilisations.
A team of astronomers has demonstrated that our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is part of a newly identified ginormous super cluster of galaxies, dubbed as "Laniakea", meaning "immense heaven" in Hawaiian.
While studying some of the oldest star clusters in our galaxy, astronomers from the University of Texas at Austin and Germany`s Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) found that the stars at the centers of these clusters are rotating around a common axis.
Know how galaxies across the universe are connected? Opening a new chapter in unlocking this mystery, for the first time, astronomers have taken unprecedented images of the intergalactic medium (IGM) - the diffuse gas that connects galaxies.