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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 Billions of Earth-like alien planets likely reside in our Milky Way galaxy, and the n...

REVEALED: Weird Way Poo-Rolling Bugs Find Their Way

Posted 01.24.2013 | Science

By: Joseph Castro, LiveScience Contributor Published: 01/24/2013 12:07 PM EST on LiveScience Despite having tiny brains, dung beetles are surprisi...

LOOK: Scientists Find 'Bone' In Galaxy's Skeleton

Posted 01.09.2013 | Science

By: Staff Published: 01/08/2013 04:04 PM EST on Astronomers have spotted a new component of the Milky Way galaxy's skeleton —...

Milky Way Is Home To HUGE Number Of Earth-Size Planets, Space Agency Says

Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

By: Staff Published: 01/07/2013 01:43 PM EST on This story was updated at 1:55 p.m. EST. The Milky Way hosts at least 17 bill...

Astronomers Give New Estimate Of Milky Way's Size

| Posted 12.03.2012 | Science

By Ken Croswell Although scientists know the masses of the sun and Earth, it's a different story for the galaxy. Mass estimates range widely: At the ...

WATCH: Stars, Clouds Cartwheel Over Volcanic Island

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.27.2012 | Science

Outdoor photographer/videographer Christoph Malin filmed day and night skies above the volcanic island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, for more th...

What's Causing Strange Signal From Center Of Galaxy?

| Posted 11.19.2012 | Science

By Daisy Yuhas Are there dark doings near the center of the Milky Way? That may be so when it comes to the collision of dark matter particles. Althou...

Gen-Xers Shockingly Ignorant About Astronomy, Report Reveals

Posted 10.23.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor Published: 10/23/2012 10:42 AM EDT on LiveScience Identifying your home or street from a Google E...

Rare Star Explosion Reveals Hungry Black Hole

Posted 10.23.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 10/22/2012 06:44 PM EDT on Astronomers have spotted a rare X-ray star explosion near the center of our Mi...

Black Hole Researchers Make Unexpected Find

Posted 10.03.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 10/03/2012 01:07 PM EDT on Black holes might seem too monstrous to keep company, but surprising new fin...

Stellar Mystery Has Scientists Scanning Old Photos

Posted 10.02.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 10/02/2012 01:57 PM EDT on In a forensic twist on astronomy, scientists turned sleuths are trying to tr...

Our Home Galaxy: Myths and Facts

Mario Livio | Posted 11.26.2012 | Science
Mario Livio

If you go out at night in a rural, unlit area, you cannot miss that band of hazy light that seems to be arcing across the sky. Neither did ancient civilizations miss this bright streak we now call the Milky Way, and they came up with a variety of imaginative, mythical explanations for it.

Milky Way 'Lookalikes' Revealed By Massive Star Survey

Posted 08.24.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 08/23/2012 04:22 PM EDT on Our home galaxy may be special, but it's not one of a kind. For the first time...

Milky Way Study Helps Explain Birth Of Black Holes

Posted 08.23.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 08/23/2012 07:16 AM EDT on Scientists investigated our galaxy's central molecular zone, which contains th...

Black Hole Riddle Has Astrophysicists Searching For Answer

Posted 08.03.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 08/02/2012 02:58 PM EDT on Black holes have long been cosmic mysteries, even as research in the past deca...

NOW: Best Time To View Milky Way—If You Know Where, When To Look

Posted 07.05.2012 | Science

By: Geoff Gaherty Published: 07/05/2012 06:52 AM EDT on It's possible that most people on Earth have never seen the Milky Way, the gal...

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

Posted 06.28.2012 | Science

Luc Perrot, a physical therapist and astrophotographer based on Réunion Island, a French territory off the coast of eastern Africa, had to wait two y...

NASA Explains Magnetosphere With Dazzling New Video

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 06.21.2012 | Science

The sun sends enormous amounts of energy toward Earth, but why don't coronal mass ejections cause the same type of havoc as they do for Mercury and Ve...

Space Agency Predicts Date Of World-Ending Galactic Smash-Up

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 06.01.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- Don't worry about when the world as we know it might end. NASA has calculated that our entire Milky Way galaxy will crash into a neighbo...

160 Billion Exoplanets and Counting

Kyle Jarrard | Posted 07.31.2012 | Science
Kyle Jarrard

News like this -- that the galaxy is bristling with potential broadcast platforms -- will only embolden these go-go pioneers. Hand them 160 billion planets and what will they say? What they've been saying all along: They just have to be out there -- meaning them.

Giant 'Dark Sky' Preserve Promises Spectacular Stargazing

Posted 05.29.2012 | Science

OurAmazingPlanet Staff - May 24, 2012 05:17 PM ET The NamibRand Nature Reserve, a private nature reserve in southern Namibia, has gotten the sta...

(R)evolution in San Francisco: Ana Castillo Seizes the Reigns of Feminist Spirituality for 2012

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 05.17.2012 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

It was clear to many in the room that she was providing the missing feminine voice capable of renewing the Goddess Movement on a global level after it disappeared underground following the backlash of its New Age commercialization in the '80s.

Mother's Day: Celebrating the Universal Maternal Divine

Donna Henes | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

This Mother's Day, let us toast our universal Maternal Creatrix, our mutual Mother Earth, our biological mothers, and our own mothering impulses with the nurturing milk of human kindness.

Far-Off Galaxies Show 'Battle' Between Black Holes, Baby Stars

Posted 05.10.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 05/09/2012 01:12 PM EDT on The intense energy and winds from gigantic black holes can block the birth of ...

WOW: Ancient Stars Swarm Like Bees At Milky Way's Edge

Posted 05.09.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 05/09/2012 10:12 AM EDT on SCROLL DOWN FOR HUGE PHOTO. A ball of some of the oldest stars in the unive...