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Discovery of the least 'metallic' stellar structure in the Milky Way

    This illustration shows the location of the C-19 stellar stream (orange, vertical stream of stars in lower left), which was recently discove…

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Gaia finds fossil spiral arms in Milky Way

    All-sky map of the Milky Way in motion using the Gaia data. Areas with significant motion are shown in black/purple and those with relativel…

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Watch stars move around the Milky Way's supermassive black hole in deepest images yet

    These annotated images, obtained with the GRAVITY instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) between March and July 202…

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Magellanic Stream arcing over Milky Way may be five times closer than previously thought

    A view of the gas in the Magellanic System as it would appear in the night sky. This image, taken directly from the numerical simulations, h…

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Astronomers find a 'break' in one of the Milky Way's spiral arms

    Shown here (from left) are the Eagle, Omega, Triffid, and Lagoon Nebulae, imaged by NASA’s infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. These nebulae …

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Researchers reveal a wobbly and flared Milky Way disk based on LAMOST-gaia data

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainAstronomers from National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), Shanghai Astronomical O…

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Gases in Milky Way are not homogeneously mixed, contrary to previous models

    Clouds and streams of cosmic pristine gas (magenta) accrete onto the Milky Way, but this gas does not efficiently mix in the Galactic disk, …

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Did nature or nurture shape the Milky Way's most common planets?

    This diagram illustrates how planets are assembled and sorted into two distinct size classes. First, the rocky cores of planets are formed f…

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GLOSTAR: Tracing atomic and molecular gas in the Milky Way

    Fig. 1:  Top: Continuum radio image of the pilot region in the range 28° < l With the exciting results of the submm and far infrared wavel…

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GLOSTAR: Tracing atomic and molecular gas in the Milky Way

    Fig. 1:  Top: Continuum radio image of the pilot region in the range 28° < l With the exciting results of the submm and far infrared wavel…

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Watching the Milky Way's supermassive black hole feed

    A three-color image of the central regions of the Milky Way showing the location of Sagittarius A*, the galactic center's supermassive …

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Watching the Milky Way's supermassive black hole feed

    A three-color image of the central regions of the Milky Way showing the location of Sagittarius A*, the galactic center's supermassive …

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'Lonely cloud' bigger than Milky Way found in a galaxy 'no-man's land'

    The orphan cloud is the blue umbrella-shaped part of this image, which is color-coded to show the X-ray part of the cloud in blue, the warm …

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'Lonely cloud' bigger than Milky Way found in a galaxy 'no-man's land'

    The orphan cloud is the blue umbrella-shaped part of this image, which is color-coded to show the X-ray part of the cloud in blue, the warm …

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Organic molecules reveal clues about dying stars and outskirts of Milky Way

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainResearchers from the University of Arizona have detected organic molecules in planetary nebulae, the aftermaths of …

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New research adds a wrinkle to our understanding of the origins of matter in the Milky Way

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainNew findings published this week in Physical Review Letters suggest that carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen cosmic rays t…

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Stream of stars extends thousands of light-years across the Milky Way

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainIt's hard to see more than a handful of stars from Princeton University, because the lights from New York City…

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Dark matter is slowing the spin of the Milky Way's galactic bar

    An artist’s conception of the Milky Way. Credit: Pablo Carlos Budassi/Wikimedia CommonsThe spin of the Milky Way's galactic bar, which…

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Origin of first structures formed in galaxies like the Milky Way identified

    An example of a nearby spiral galaxy, M81, where the bulge and the disc are easily identified. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Harvard-Smithson…

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Organic molecules reveal clues about dying stars and outskirts of Milky Way

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainResearchers from the University of Arizona have detected organic molecules in planetary nebulae, the aftermaths of …

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12 Stellar Streams Within Our Galactic Halo:

    Artists representation of our Milky Way Galaxy surrounded by dozens of stellar streams. These streams were the companion satellite galaxies …

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12 Stellar Streams Within Our Galactic Halo:

    Artists representation of our Milky Way Galaxy surrounded by dozens of stellar streams. These streams were the companion satellite galaxies …

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Milky Way shakes: The cosmic collisions that

    A galaxy passes through other galaxies in a group known as Stephan’s quintet X-ray (NASA/CXC/CfA/E.O’Sullivan); Optical (Canada-France-Haw…

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SpaceX Dragon On Its Way to the ISS

    SpaceX on Friday successfully launched a Dragon capsule loaded with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS), the third official c…

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