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Milky Way`s black hole `cooking` hot gas

Using ESA`s Herschel space observatory , astronomers have made detailed observations of surprisingly hot molecular gas that may be orbiting or falling towards the supermassive black hole,

Distant galaxy making stars 2000 times faster than Milky Way

Astronomers using Europe`s Herschel Space Observatory have discovered an extremely distant galaxy making stars more than 2000 times faster than our own Milky Way.

100 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy?

Scientists have proposed a new method for finding Earth-like planets in our Milky Way galaxy and they anticipate that their number may be up to a whopping 100 billion.

How spiral galaxies get their arms

How spiral galaxies like our Milky Way get and maintain their characteristic arms has proved to be an enduring puzzle in astrophysics .

Milky Way image reveals over one billion stars

More than a billion stars in our galaxy can be seen together in detail for the first time in an image captured by astronomers.

NASA`s Hubble Telescope finds birth certificate of oldest known star

Astronomers has taken an important step closer to finding the birth certificate of a star that`s been around for a very long time, thanks to NASA`s Hubble Space Telescope.

Distance to nearest neighbouring galaxy calculated

Astronomers have improved the measurement of the distance to our nearest neighboring galaxy and, in the process, refine an astronomical calculation that helps measure the expansion of the universe.

Milky Way grew by `cannibalising` other smaller galaxies

Astronomers using NASA`s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered tantalising evidence for the possible existence of a shell of stars that are a relic of the Milky Way`s past cannibalism of other galaxies.

Milky Way grew by `cannibalizing` other smaller galaxies

These stars support the idea that the Milky Way grew, in part, through the accretion of smaller galaxies.

Big news about Dark Matter `coming very soon`

Scientists have revealed that big news in the search for dark matter may be coming in about two weeks.

Superfast stars racing through Milky Way found

Astronomers have discovered six speedy stars, rocketing through space at up to 3.2 million kilometres per hour, which likely ejected from a giant black hole at the Milky Way`s heart.

Dung beetles use Milky Way for directions

Dung beetle - an insect with a tiny brain and minimal computing power - has become the first animal proven to use the Milky Way for orientation.

`Bone` of Milky Way identified

Astronomers have identified a new structure in the Milky Way - a long tendril of dust and gas that they are calling a "bone."

Giant ring of gas and dust spotted around Milky Way`s black hole

Researchers have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Milky Way may host 17 billion Earth-size planets

At least 17 billion Earth-size planets may inhabit the Milky Way galaxy, RIA Novosti reported citing a new study by US astronomers.

Astronomers map galactic space geysers

A team of astronomers have claimed that they have helped map "monster outflows" of energy which are visible from Earth.

Stellar patrons of Milky Way bar identified

Astronomers now have the clearest understanding yet of the bar at the centre of the Milky Way.

Our solar system resembles other planetary systems in Milky Way

Results of a new research has altered the chronology of our solar system’s historical development.

Galaxy near Milky Way stealing stars from neighbour

Astronomers have accused the Large Magellanic Cloud – one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way – of stealing stars from its neighbour.

Milky Way`s 84 million stars catalogued

An international team of astronomers has created a nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars, using the UK-built VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory.