The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids, which could explain the frequent flares observed, according to astronomers using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/F. Baganoff et al.; Illustrations: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
Those breathtaking night sky photos of the our Milky Way with landscapes in the foreground, are from the beautiful set “NightScapes”. Utah-based photographer Royce Bair use his experience for over 30 years now, to take these enhanced landscapes against a twilight sky.
This artist’s illustration gives an impression of how common planets are around the stars in a region of the Milky Way. The viewer is able to see the planets orbiting the stars and is based off scientific data over the past six years. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser (ESO)
Like all galaxies, our Milky Way is home to a strange substance called dark matter. Dark matter is invisible, betraying its presence only through its gravitational pull. Without dark matter holding them together, our galaxy’s speedy stars would fly off in all directions. The nature of dark matter is a mystery — a mystery that a new study has only deepened.
A photo of clouds that look like a flaming Phoenix together with the Milky Way on September 24, 2011, in a place called ‘El Cerro del Hierro’ (The iron hill), an old iron mine located at the north of Seville, Spain. Photographer Felipe Gallego. via universetoday
New signs point to a billion planets in our own galaxy where extra-terrestrials might be hiding. The analysis of the first 136 days of results from NASA’s Kepler telescope – launched with the aim to ‘search for habitable planets’ – has ignited furious debate over the idea of intelligent life in space.