*Something* is blasting “cosmic bullet holes” through our galaxy

Clumps of dark matter might be shooting through the Milky Way’s stars.

We’re living in the Milky Way, version 2.0

Our galaxy is like a phoenix.

The Milky Way grows back two spiral arms

There has been a debate over the number of spiral arms the Milky Way galaxies has, due to mixed results in the past. For years, it was believed the Milky Way had four spiral arms, but in 2008 readings from the Spitzer Space Telescope suggested it actually had only two. Wouldn’t you know it, a new study that looked at

Lobster nebula shines in new light after infrared observation

Deep inside the Milky Way lies the beautiful star breeding ground known as the Lobster nebula, located in the constellation Scorpius – some 8,000 light-years away from Earth. The nebula has been the subject of study for astronomers for many years, however just recently it has been imaged in infrared for the first time capturing its beauty in a whole

Rare supernova leftovers might have produced the youngest black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomers at NASA‘s Chandra X-ray Observatory were delighted to come across one of the rarest events in the Universe, after they came across an atypical kind of supernova. To top it over, the supernova’s remnants may have given birth to the Milky Way’s youngest black hole estimated thus far. After a massive star, say ten times more massive than our own

Doomsday part 5: Planetary and galactic alignment

On December 21 the solar system’s planets will align and/or the sun will also align in turn with the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, which only happens once every 25,772 years, coincidentally with the end of the 13th Bak’tun in the Maya Long Count calendar (December 21st, 2012). The Maya having a superior astronomical knowledge that surpassed that of today

The Milky Way’s mass is 1,6 trillion suns, far more than previously estimated

In a novel and highly praised research, a team of astronomers have managed to estimate the mass of our host galaxy with unprecedented accuracy, findings suggesting it is in the order of 1,6 trillion suns. Astronomers estimate there are between 200 and 400 billion stars in the milky way. Estimating the mass of the Milky Way solely based on star

Farthest known object in the Universe is 13.3 billion years old

NASA scientists have announced they have discovered the farthest object discovered so far in the Universe, a 13.3 billion old galaxy or a mere 420 million years after the Big Bang. That’s not to say that its 13.3 billion light years away from Earth, since the Universe has expanded greatly since then and the actual distance might be much greater

Closest star orbiting our galaxy’s black hole discovered

Astronomers at UCLA university have made a remarkable discovery, after they’ve confirmed the presence of a star orbiting the black hole at the center of our galaxy in a mere 11-and-a-half years – that’s the shortest known orbit of any star near this black hole. The researchers involved in the paper describing the find claim that data will help test Einstein’s

Oldest spiral galaxy is a freak of cosmos

In a remarkable discovery, astronomers have found the oldest spiral galaxy to our knowledge –  a three-armed spiral galaxy dating back nearly 11 billion years. It precedes any other previous record holder by about 2 billion years, basically sweeping away the competition. The spiral galaxy is so amazing that it caught astronomers completely by surprise, and even they couldn’t believe what

Enormous water reservoir found in space is bigger than 140 trillion earth oceans

Astronomers have discovered the largest body of water so far known, a reservoir of water floating in space around a ancient distant quasar,  holding 140 trillion times the mass of water in the Earth’s oceans. Remarkably enough, the find was dated as being 12 billion light years away, only  1.6 billion light years farther from the Big Bang. “Since astronomers

Intense Gamma Ray blast indeed traced back to supermassive black hole

We previously reported about an incredible gamma ray burst triggered by a black hole, so powerful that nothing like this was observed before, or even dimmed possible. A recently published paper in the journal Science sheds more light on the subject. A typical gamma ray burst commonly occurs when massive stars explode due to collisions with other stars or simple

APOD: fantastic time lapse of clouds and sky over the Canary Islands

Time lapse videos seem to be really in fashion as of late, but if directors keep editing videos like the one captioned right below you won’t ever see me complain. Featured in today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day by NASA, Daniel López time-lapsed flowing clouds, a setting sun that shows numerous green flashes, the Milky Way Galaxy rising, a colorful

Milky Way Has Mysterious Lopsided Cloud Of Antimatter: Clue To Origin Of Antimatter

Antimatter is a fascinating story; basically nobody knows for sure what it could do and scientists have been trying to understand it for years. The artificial production of atoms of antimatter (specifically antihydrogen) first became a reality in the early 1990s. For example an atom of antihydrogen is composed of a negatively-charged antiproton being orbited by a positively-charged positron. But