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Galaxy

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You won’t believe this incredible galaxy image is real

February 9th, 2021

Countless images of galaxies have been snapped over the decades, but thanks to ever-advancing imaging technology, they just keep getting better and better. A new photo of the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy — officially known as Messier 83 — might be the most impressive galactic image yet. The image was captured by DECam, the Dark Energy …

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A ‘fossil galaxy’ was hiding in plain sight within the Milky Way

November 20th, 2020

Scientists have discovered the remains of an ancient “fossil galaxy” hiding inside of our own Milky Way. The galaxy is what’s left of a very old galaxy that collided with our own galaxy a long time ago, scientists think. The galaxy was identified by spotting old stars with different makeup deep within the Milky Way. …

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NASA just spotted a galaxy that looks like a TIE Fighter

August 31st, 2020

Scientists using NASA’s Fermi space telescope have spotted a distant galaxy that looks strangely familiar. The galaxy has the appearance of a TIE Fighter, a famous and fictional ship from Star Wars. At a distance of 500 million light-years, there’s little chance we’d ever visit, but it still looks cool from a distance. Most of …

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Andromeda’s sphere of influence is much larger than anyone thought

August 28th, 2020

NASA scientists have detected a massive halo of plasma surrounding the nearby Andromeda galaxy. The halo, a massive orb of influence stretching deep into space, reaches halfway to our own Milky Way galaxy. Eventually, Andromeda and the Milky Way are expected to merge into one galaxy. We hear a lot about the Milky Way and …

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This stunning galaxy is leaving us in its dust

July 6th, 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope, operated by NASA and the ESA, captured an image of the galaxy NGC 7513, which is currently speeding away from Earth at an incredible rate. The galaxy is moving nearly 1,000 miles per second away from Earth. The expansion of the universe is what drives many objects in space farther and …

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A black hole ‘burp’ devastated a distant galaxy cluster

March 6th, 2020

A black hole carved a hole right through the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which is located some 390 million light years from Earth. Astronomers believe the explosion is the largest ever observed, besting the previous record-holder by a factor of five. The discovery is the subject of a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal. Visit BGR’s …

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Our galaxy is warping and astronomers have no idea why

March 4th, 2020

From our perch here on Earth, it’s impossible for most of us to notice changes happening in our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers, on the other hand, have tools at their disposal that make observing trends in our galaxy a bit easier, and one development, in particular, is leaving scientists scratching their heads: The …