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

Cosmic Dust Mystery May Have Just Been Solved

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science

Astronomers watching a supernova may have found out where the dust that makes up much of the Universe came from.Cosmic dust is crucial to the birth of...

Controversial Big Bang Finding May Have Been Mistaken, Scientists Acknowledge

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 06.20.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists who made headlines in March with their research on the early universe are now acknowledging that they may have been mista...

How the Cosmos Teaches Humility to Social Media Show-offs.

Sourav Roy | Posted 08.13.2014 | Media
Sourav Roy

How effortlessly millions of worthless human 'points' have spawned that are nothing more than signboards of hollow egotistic display. So, where is that social element of social media, again? Or did I miss something?

Strange 'Warp' Seen In Galaxy's Outer Reaches | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 05.15.2014 | Science

New observations of five young variable stars reveal a strange thickening in farflung regions of the Milky Way galaxy. Known as Cepheid variables, ...

'Hypervelocity' Star May Help Solve Milky Way Mysteries | 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 ...

LOOK: Space Telescope Reveals Galaxy's 'Fingerprints' | 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" th...

Dark Matter Could Trigger Species-Killing Cataclysms, Physicists Say | 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 sc...

New Galaxy Map Puts Astronomers One Step Closer To Solving Mystery | 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 comprehensiv...

Carly Ledbetter

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

The Hunt Is On For 'Rogue' Black Holes | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science

Hundreds of wandering "rogue" black holes may dwell in the Milky Way — and now researchers say they know how to detect them. Discovering these str...

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?

WATCH: Vast 'Jet' Is Longest Ever Observed | Megan Gannon | Posted 03.08.2014 | Science

A NASA X-ray telescope has detected the longest jet in the Milky Way: a corkscrew-shaped trail of high-energy particles being ejected from a speeding...

REVEALED: How Our Galaxy Got Its Strange Shape | 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, scien...

Where Sand Meets Stars

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 02.20.2014 | Travel

We've dreamt about our fair share of beaches by day... from the best ones in the Caribbean to the most scandalous nude beaches in the world. But wh...

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

WATCH: Trippy Time-Lapse Takes The Night Sky To New Heights

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.28.2014 | Science

If you haven't had a moment to enjoy the stars recently, here's a new video that will more than suffice. Shot over an eight-month period by time-la...

Huge Black Hole Is Set To Do WHAT!? | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science

A giant gas cloud is set to spiral into the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way's core in the next few months, and scientists should get a great...

On Extraterrestrial Life: Part I

Mario Livio | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

The discovery (if and when it happens) of extraterrestrial complex life will undoubtedly usher in a revolution that will rival the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions combined.

Hubble Gives First-Ever Glimpse Of Our Galaxy's Distant Past | Mike Wall | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science

Astronomers have pieced together a detailed picture of how our Milky Way galaxy came together, using Hubble Space Telescope photos of 400 similar ga...

40 Billion Ways to Dance

Mark Morford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Go ahead, try it. Step outside tonight and glance skyward, pick any star and then visualize its own rocky, Earthy little ball orbiting around it, with some form of life potentially dancing a tango on top.

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 ...

Earth: Little More Than a Speck of Dust

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.30.2013 | Science
Marco Cáceres

If you think of the Earth within the context of the universe(s), it is difficult to cling to any certainty you may have about the significance or uniqueness of our planet, and thus the degree of specialness we like to attribute to its inhabitants.

WATCH: New Animation Reveals 'Nut' At Galaxy's Core | 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 in...