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A View of Earth From The Milky Way

Dana Ellis Hunnes | Posted 09.08.2016 | Green
Dana Ellis Hunnes

As a child I was always fascinated with astronomy, the stars, planets, and galaxies.

Twitter Helps Confirm X-Shaped Bulge At Center Of Milky Way

The Huffington Post | Lee Speigel | Posted 07.26.2016 | Science

What started out as a map of the galaxy that an astronomer shared on Twitter led to a collaboration that found strong evidence of a huge X-shaped stru...

Milky Way's Vast Galactic Plane Shimmers In Hypnotic New Video

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science

To the naked eye, the Milky Way can seem little more than a whitish smudge stretching across the night sky -- at least if you're stargazing in the mid...

Check Out One Of Our Galactic Neighbors - The Sculptor Dwarf

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Science

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) are taking a new, up-close look at one of our most elusive neighbors: the Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy...

This Is What The Center Of Our Galaxy Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.22.2015 | Science

This new, unprecedented image of the Milky Way shows that our galaxy's core is a pretty tumultuous place. The compiled image of photos taken by the Eu...

New Milky Way Galaxy Map Is The Most Accurate Ever Created

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science

What's it like to draw a map of the vast galaxy in which our solar system is embedded? NASA has likened the task to drawing a map of your house withou...

David Freeman

The Milky Way May Be WAY Bigger Than We Thought

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Science

How big is the Milky Way? Way bigger than we thought, it seems. Surprising new research suggests that our home galaxy is about 50 percent bigger th...

New Map Spotlights 'Mysterious Molecules' In Our Galaxy

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science

Scientists may be one step closer to solving a cosmic puzzle that's had astronomers scratching their heads for nearly a century. It all started in ...

Huge 'Hole' Discovered In Tiny Galaxy Brimming With Stars

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.19.2014 | Science

Talk about big things coming in little packages! Astronomers using data from the Hubble Space Telescope say they've discovered a ginormous black hole ...

REVEALED: How Our Solar System Was Born

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 08.09.2014 | Science

Astronomers have traced the growth of Earth's solar system back to its cosmic womb, before the sun and planets were born. The solar system coalesced ...

FAR OUT: Astronomers Discover Milky Way's Most Distant Stars

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.10.2014 | Science

The boundaries of our home galaxy may have to be redrawn. Astronomers have discovered the farthest-flung stars yet known in the Milky Way. The two ob...

'Hypervelocity' Star May Help Solve Milky Way Mysteries

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science

The discovery of a super-fast star streaking away from the Milky Way may give astronomers a new glimpse at some of our home galaxy's most mysterious d...

LOOK: Space Telescope Reveals Galaxy's 'Fingerprints'

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 05.12.2014 | Science

Scientists using a European space telescope have created the best map yet of our Milky Way galaxy's magnetic field, a set of cosmic "fingerprints" tha...

Dark Matter Could Trigger Species-Killing Cataclysms, Physicists Say

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 04.29.2014 | Science

Dark matter could sling lethal meteors at Earth, potentially causing mass extinctions like the cataclysm that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, Harvard scie...

New Galaxy Map Puts Astronomers One Step Closer To Solving Mystery

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.24.2014 | Science

Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like. It may seem odd that a comprehensive...

Five Science Thoughts to Blow Your Mind

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

We may actually be of the utmost significance to the universe, because after nearly 14 billion years of cosmic evolution, it is through our brain power that the universe has finally achieved self-awareness.

Carly Ledbetter

Surreal Photos Of The Night Sky Show Off The Beauty Of The Milky Way

HuffingtonPost.com | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.15.2014 | Travel

Outerspace is completely rad. We all know this. And us earthlings will be able to experience it in one of its coolest forms when there's a meteor show...

WATCH: You've Never Seen The Milky Way Like This

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science

You've never seen the Milky Way quite like this. A new panoramic view of our galaxy is the result of 2.5 million images captured by NASA’s Spitze...

Counting the Stars in the Milky Way

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

All you have to do is do a Google search on this topic and you come up with a whole slew of answers from as few as 100 billion to over 1 trillion stars. Why can't astronomers nail this number down to better than a factor of ten?

REVEALED: How Our Galaxy Got Its Strange Shape

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 02.24.2014 | Science

The shape of the Milky Way galaxy, our solar system's home, may look a bit like a snail, but spiral galaxies haven't always had this structure, scient...

After Three Decades, 'Baby Milky Way' Finally Shows Its Face

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science

Astronomers have gotten their first clear look at a galaxy in the very early universe that could have evolved into a structure somewhat like the Milky...

Milky Way Teeming With Billions Of Earth-Size Planets

AP/NASA | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.05.2013 | Science

By SETH BORENSTEIN, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the ...

WATCH: New Animation Reveals 'Nut' At Galaxy's Core

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 10.01.2013 | Science

The best 3D map yet of the center of the Milky Way galaxy has revealed a tasty surprise: the heart of our galaxy looks like a cosmic peanut. Two inte...

Why UFOs Have Never Visited Earth -- and Probably Never Will

David J. Eicher | Posted 10.06.2013 | Science
David J. Eicher

What UFO proponents and sci-fi story writers too often fail to appreciate is the distance scale of the universe. It is HUGE. REALLY HUGE.

Milky Way Study Challenges Ideas About Earth's 'Home'

Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 06/03/2013 02:23 PM EDT on SPACE.com INDIANAPOLIS — Our home in the Milky Way could be much larger than ever thought ...