Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA's new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
We live in a galaxy known as the Milky Way -- a vast conglomeration of 300 billion stars, planets whizzing around them, and clouds of gas and dust floating in between.
Astronomers have found evidence backing up theoretically predicted divisions in the chemical composition of the stars that make up the Milky Way's disc, which suggests that stars in the inner regions of the Galactic dis were the first to form. This means that our galaxy grew from the inside-out.
Astronomers have debated exactly how many arms our Milky Way Galaxy has. While some were certain that our galaxy had four spiral arms, images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope showed only two arms. Now, scientists have reaffirmed that our galaxy has four spiral arms, paving the way to future s...
NASA's Chandra Observatory has finally confirmed the evidence of jet in the Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*)- a supermassive black located 26,000 light years away from the Earth in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Two groups of astronomers teamed up creating the finest 3D map of the Milky Way galaxy with the help of ESO (European Southern Observatory) telescopes and discovered that its inner-region has a peanut-like shape or X-shape at the heart when viewed from some angles.
Astronomers have used data from ESO telescopes to make the best three-dimensional map yet of the central parts of the Milky Way. It turns out that the inner regions, surprisingly, look a bit like a peanut.
Gaia’s main goal is to create a highly accurate 3D map of our Milky Way Galaxy by repeatedly observing a billion stars to determine their precise positions in space and their motions through it.
Astronomers once thought that our Solar System's Milky Way galaxy resided in a small structure called the Local Arm. Now, though, they've discovered that the Local Arm is far larger than previously thought and is more like the adjacent major arms rather than a small spur.
The full splendor of the billions of stars crammed together in the core region of our galaxy is illustrated by a small dark nebula contrasting in front of it, featured in this new image shot by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
A highly distorted supernova remnant shown in the image below may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The image combines X-rays from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in blue and green, radio data from the NSF's Very Large Array in pink, and infrared data from Caltech's...
A new image of the Seagull Nebula from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows a small section of this complex cloud of dust and glowing gas. The name comes from the wispy red clouds that form part of the "wings" of the celestial bird and this picture reveals an intriguing mix of dark and glow...