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Milky Way: Spiral galaxy containing our Solar System
The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System, with the name describing the galaxy's appearance from Earth: a hazy band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye. The term Milky Way is a translation of the Latin via lactea, from the Greek γαλαξίας κύκλος. From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the Universe. Following the 1920 Great Debate between the astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, observations by Edwin Hubble showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies.

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Astronomers find youngest known magnetar [Video]

Astronomers find youngest known magnetar

Astronomers at NASA and the ESA have discovered a star in the constellation Sagittarius that is the youngest known magnetar ever recorded.

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The truth is out there: The Milky Way could be home to 36 alien civilisations, say scientists [Video]

The truth is out there: The Milky Way could be home to 36 alien civilisations, say scientists

Scientists calculate there could be three dozen intelligent civilisations in our galaxy capable of communicating with us.View on euronews

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Astronomers say fast radio burst detected in the Milky Way produced by highly magnetized star [Video]

Astronomers say fast radio burst detected in the Milky Way produced by highly magnetized star

The first fast radio burst to be discovered in the Milky Way has been traced back to a magnetar known as SGR 1935+2154 located 32,616 light-years away from Earth, astronomers researching the phenomena..

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Explainer: How the Sagittarius galaxy has affected the formation of the Milky Way [Video]

Explainer: How the Sagittarius galaxy has affected the formation of the Milky Way

A new study published shows the effects of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy on the formation of the Milky Way Galaxy.

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NASA renames its next-gen telescope after woman chief astronomer credited with launching the Hubble telescope [Video]

NASA renames its next-gen telescope after woman chief astronomer credited with launching the Hubble telescope

NASA has renamed its next-generation Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope after Nancy Roman, the agency's first chief astronomer known as the Mother of Hubble.

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Astronomers find rare super-Earth in Earth-like orbit [Video]

Astronomers find rare super-Earth in Earth-like orbit

Astronomers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have discovered a new "super-Earth" orbiting a star located near the Milky Way's "galactic bulge," a dense region of stars in the center of..

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Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall

Astronomers have discovered a vast assemblage of galaxies hidden behind our own, in the “zone of avoidance.”
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We are not alone, study says: There could be 'dozens' of intelligent civilizations in our galaxy

New research calculates there could be over 30 intelligent civilizations throughout our Milky Way galaxy.
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Astronomers see ‘cosmic ring of fire’

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Time-lapse video captures stunning Milky Way galaxy traveling through space

A time-lapse recording captured the Milky Way spinning over a Tasmanian lake, which reflected the shining stars in its still waters.
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Milky Way's Strange Warped Shape Could Be Caused by an Ongoing Collision With Another Galaxy

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The Milky Way has a strange warped shape, and scientists now believe this may be the result of a relatively recent or ongoing collision with another galaxy. While you may think of the Milky Way as a..
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Scientists detect biggest explosion since Big Bang

The blast in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster left a cavity 15 times bigger than our Milky Way galaxy.
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Using cereal boxes, paint tins and aluminium foil to see the universe

To detect the arms of the Milky Way galaxy spiralling across the background of the universe, a group of would-be astronomers will need to eat a lot of cereal.
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There will be a new brightest star in the sky by end of this century, scientists say

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A star is set to explode into a "nova" that will be the brightest in the sky by the end of this century, scientists say. For now, the star known as V Sagittae is very dim. It is so faint that it is..
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The Milky Way is doomed to collide with nearby two dwarf galaxies sooner than expected, astronomers warn

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A view of the Large Magellanic Cloud (Image: Nasa) One day our beautiful starry home will smash into a pair of dwarf galaxies called the Magellanic Clouds. Now it’s feared that this apocalyptic..
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A cloud in the center of our Milky Way galaxy looks like a candy cane. Take a look

What the image shows is actually a dense molecular cloud of raw materials that will eventually give "birth" to tens of millions of stars.
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Massive black hole discovered in Milky Way

Astronomers in China made a surprising discovery: a massive black hole in our galaxy. Called LB-1, this one is about 70 times the mass of the sun. It's the first time a black hole of this size has been..
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Huge Black Hole 'That Shouldn't Exist in Our Galaxy' Discovered by Scientists

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A large black hole that "should not exist" in the Milky Way has been discovered. The black hole, named LB-1, was detected after researchers...
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Star spotted flying through universe at blistering speed after being thrown out of black hole

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A star has been spotted speeding through the universe after being thrown out of a supermassive black hole. It is going so fast that it will eventually be thrown out of the galaxy and never return,..
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Portals to other universes could be hidden near the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole

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Pixel 4 seeks to reclaim low-light photography crown for Google

Google adds an astrophotography mode to its new phone, allowing it to take pictures of the Milky Way.
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Radioactive death beam from Milky Way supermassive black hole explosion could be headed for Earth, scientist warns

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Artist’s impression of a huge outburst shooting from the Milky Way’s core (Image: James Josephides/ Astro 3D) Earlier this week scientists announced that the nearest supermassive black hole to..
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Milky Way sends out cataclysmic beam 3.5M years ago: study

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Astronomers found that an expanding beam of energy sprang from close to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way, like a titanic lighthouse beam, more than 3 million years ago. The..
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Milky Way's centre exploded 3.5 million years ago

A cataclysmic energy flare started near the massive black hole in our galaxy, a new research says.
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The cannibal galaxy that's coming right for us

Scientists have identified for the first time evidence of Andromeda, the closest galaxy to the Milky Way, cannibalising smaller galaxies on its way towards us.
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NASA captures black hole swallowing star the size of our sun

Astronomers say this type of cosmic event happens once every 10,000 to 100,000 years in a galaxy the size of the Milky Way
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Black hole at centre of our galaxy is getting hungrier, say scientists

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Mystery Black Hole Appears to Have Hurled a Star Across the Milky Way

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Two supermassive black holes to lock horns as the Milky Way smashes into Andromeda

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Earth time-lapses seen from the space station

Get an astronaut’s view of auroras, stars, and the Milky Way surrounding our beautiful planet. 12,500 images taken by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst were combined to create the..
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NASA examines rocky exoplanet whose surface resembles that of Moon or Mercury

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Milky Way black hole emits mysterious light flare -- astronomers aren't sure why

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Supermassive Black Hole at Milky Way's Center Just Flashed Us With 'Unprecedented' Bright Burst

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Millions of Black Holes Are Hiding in the Milky Way Eating Matter from Interstellar Space

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New 3D map of Milky Way suggests it is warped and twisted

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Hubble telescope captures spiral galaxy 70 million light-years away

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Mind blown: 10 billion years ago, the Milky Way 'ate' a nearby galaxy

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