Hydrogen beast is closing in on the Milky Way

It’s large, it’s fast, and it’s heading toward the Milky Way. Less than 40 million years from now, a giant cloud of hydrogen gas, clocked at 250 kilometers per second, will smash into our home galaxy, likely setting off a huge burst of star formation.

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Two Supermassive Black Holes Discovered in Same Galaxy

For the first time, scientists have proof two supermassive black holes exist together in the same galaxy, thanks to data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. These black holes are orbiting each other and will merge several hundred million years from now, to create an even larger black hole resulting in a catastrophic event that will unleash intense radiation and gravitational waves.

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Galaxy Zoo

GalaxyZoo is a project which harnesses the power of the internet – and your brain – to classify a million galaxies. By taking part, you’ll not only be contributing to scientific research, but you’ll view parts of the Universe that literally no-one has ever seen before and get a sense of the glorious diversity of galaxies that pepper the sky.

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Early Universe’s First Stars Spied in Distant Galaxies

Using a technique that measures how much gravity bends light, astronomers say they have spotted early stars in galaxies more than 13 billion light-years away.

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Galactic Collision. What will be the fate of our Earth?

Global warming, the Iraq war, economic woes, fears of terrorism and now, just when it appeared things couldn’t get any worse, astronomers predict the Sun and Earth along with it will be hurled into deep space when our galaxy collides with a neighboring galaxy.

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Huge Distant Galaxy Actually Small and Close

Astronomers are rubbing their eyes after discovering that a galaxy assumed to have been a giant for the past 23 years is in fact a dwarf, according to new observations.

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Milky Way’s black hole the ultimate particle accelerator

Our galaxy’s supermassive black hole is responsible for the mysterious gamma-ray emission from the galactic center, a new study suggests. Churning magnetic fields around the monster black hole may act like a giant particle accelerator, leading to high-speed collisions that produce the gamma rays.

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Photo of 450 million light-years from Earth

This stunning group of galaxies is far, far away – about 450 million light-years from planet Earth – cataloged as galaxy cluster Abell S0740.

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New ‘Hobbit’ Galaxies Discovered Around Milky Way

A recent sky survey has turned up eight new members in our Local Group of galaxies, including a new class of ultra-faint “hobbit” galaxies and what might be the smallest galaxy ever discovered.

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Chandra Discovers Light Echo from the Milky Way’s Black Hole

Like cold case investigators, astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to uncover evidence of a powerful outburst from the giant black hole at the Milky Way’s center. Astronomers believe a mass equivalent to the planet Mercury was devoured by the black hole about 50 years earlier, causing an X-ray outburst

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