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Astronomers hate dust as much as the rest of us ― even more, perhaps. It's one thing to get a little dust in your eye that takes your vision out of focus. Now imagine this kind of dust problem on a ga...
Benjamin Winkel and the HI4PI collaboration
Thousands of civilizations could be flying on interstellar sails.
This spectacular view of the Milky Way reveals a detailed map of hydrogen gas in and around our home galaxy. Improving on earlier maps of its kind, the new atlas ― dubbed HI4PI ― reveals the fine deta...
Pieter van Dokkum Roberto Abraham Gemini Sloan Digital Sky Survey
It's called the Sky Mirror and is particularly popular with Chinese tourists.
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Dragonfly 44 could help solve one of nature's biggest mysteries.
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What would Van Gogh’s "Starry Night" look like if he lived today?
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We have a newfound galactic neighbor. Astronomers say they’ve recently discovered an elusive dwarf galaxy orbiting our own Milky Way. There are about four dozen galaxies that we know of circling our o...
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Experience the Milky Way in a brand new light. On Wednesday, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) unveiled a stunning new image of the Milky Way’s galactic plane taken by the APEX telescope in Chi...
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Scientists have discovered hundreds of hidden galaxies behind the Milky Way using a radio telescope at the Parkes Observatory in western New South Wales. The newly-discovered galaxies are 250 million...
What if the Milky Way is just a big bowl of noodles and the sun was the egg on top? This totally-made-up crackpot theory actually has a skerrick of scientific reason to it -- CSIRO has published a pap...