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Milky Way

FOUND: Traces Of A Monster Star In Early Universe

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 08.22.2014 | Science

An ancient star in the halo surrounding the Milky Way galaxy appears to contain traces of material released by the death of one of the universe's fi...

LOOK: Sultry Star-Birthing Photo Will Get You All Fired Up

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.20.2014 | Science

Hello, gorgeous. A star cluster and a nebula in the Southern Milky Way take center stage in a spectacular new image from the La Silla Observatory i...

Streamsong Resort: Golf and Literature, Bass and Alligators

J. Michael Welton | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

First of all, there are the books. A clue to the attention to detail in guest rooms at Streamsong Resort in central Florida's Bone Valley, their titl...

Scientists Give Surprising New Estimate Of Milky Way's Mass

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.30.2014 | Science

Surprise! Our home galaxy is no pipsqueak, but it isn't nearly as massive as scientists used to think. Astronomers often refer to the neighboring A...

Black Hole 'Fireworks' Were A Flop -- And Here's Why

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Science

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. That’s what astronomers saw this spring when they trained their telescopes on the giant black hole at the Milky Way’s center...

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 ...

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

Space.com | 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

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 ...

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" th...

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 sc...

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 comprehensiv...

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...

The Hunt Is On For 'Rogue' Black Holes

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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

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, 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

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 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!?

Space.com | 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.