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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 ...

'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...

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, scien...

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...

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 in...

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...

Giant Black Hole Snacks On Colossal Gas Cloud

Posted 05.08.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/08/2013 08:25 AM EDT on SPACE.com The huge, hot mess of cosmic gas that feeds the colossal black hole at the cente...

WATCH: Galaxy Debate Settled With Help Of Stupendous Simulation

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.04.2013 | Science

Astronomers know a thing or two about galaxies, including how many there are in the universe (at least 100 billion) and the different shapes they take...

LOOK: Cosmic 'Seagull' Has 100 Light-Year Wingspan

Posted 02.07.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 02/07/2013 07:52 AM EST on SPACE.com Eye-popping new images from a telescope in Chile reveal a new look at the Seagul...

Lee Speigel

Scientists Say ETs May Be Much Closer To Us Than We Ever Before Thought

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 02.06.2013 | Weird News

If ET phones home today, his long distance charge might not be as much as people believed when Steven Spielberg's classic film came out three decades ...

HUGE Number Of 'Alien Earths' May Fill Our Galaxy

Posted 02.06.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/06/2013 11:10 AM EST on SPACE.com Billions of Earth-like alien planets likely reside in our Milky Way galaxy, and the n...

Our Black Hole May Not Appear Blob-Shaped After All

Posted 01.22.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 01/22/2013 09:03 AM EST on SPACE.com A giant black hole is thought to lurk at the center of the Milky Way, but it h...

Star Birth Mystery Finally Solved

Posted 01.15.2013 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 01/14/2013 02:40 PM EST on SPACE.com Astronomers have finally solved a longstanding cosmic mystery — why a super-...

Has Our Galaxy Slimmed Down?

| Posted 01.11.2013 | Science

By Govert Schilling LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA—Suppose you stepped on the scales one morning to find that you weighed only half as much as the day befo...