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We discovered a warped and twisted disc of young, massive stars at the edge of our Milky Way

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:38 AM

The Milky Way is all around us, so to determine its shape, we would need to map the distributions of stars in all directions

WARPED AND TWISTED. The warped spiral galaxy ESO 510-G13 seen edge-on. NASA

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

Jokowi on Mary Jane, war on drugs, Milky Way | 6PM wRap

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:17 PM

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LOOK: 3-D map of the Milky Way unveiled

Sep 14, 2016 - 3:13 PM

UPDATED Just over halfway through its 5 year mission Gaia s two telescopes have located a billion stars – only one percent of the Milky Way s estimated stellar population

Image courtesy ESA/Gaia/DPAC

Scientists discover strange planet with 3 stars

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The planet named HD 131399Ab is located about 340 light years from Earth and is believed to be about 16 million years old

epa05413486 An undated handout artist's impression made avaiable by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 07 July 2016 showing view of the triple-star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is known as HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower-left of the picture. Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, and one of very few directly imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets. EPA/L. Calcada / ESO / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: ESO/L. Calcada HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Desert telescope stakes out supermassive black hole

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:20 PM

A massive telescope named Gravity aims to finally prove the existence of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy

epa04707659 An undated handout image provided by ESO on 16 April 2015 shows an artist´s impression released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows the surroundings of a supermassive black hole, typical of that found at the heart of many galaxies. The black hole itself is surrounded by a brilliant accretion disc of very hot, infalling material and, further out, a dusty torus. There are also often high-speed jets of material ejected at the black hole's poles that can extend huge distances into space. Observations with ALMA have detected a very strong magnetic field close to the black hole at the base of the jets and this is probably involved in jet production and collimation. EPA/ESO / HANDOUT NO SALES/EDITORIAL USE ONLY

'Light pollution' dims Milky Way for 1/3 of stargazers – study

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:19 AM

The night time glow of artificial lights used to be a nuisance mainly affecting astronomers but in recent years the effects are being felt by casual observers of the night sky as well

UP IN THE SKY. The zodiacal light (L) and the Milky Way (R) are seen from the region of Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, 17 February 2015. Peter Komka/EPA

Mars recalls Dutch-made chocolate bars from 55 nations

Feb 23, 2016 - 9:25 PM

UPDATED The move comes after a customer found a red piece of plastic in a Snickers bar bought on January 8 in Germany

RECALL. Mars chocolate bars lie on a table in Duesseldorf, Germany, February 23, 2016. Photo by Federico Gambarini/EPA

Milky Way may host billions of planets in 'habitable' zones – study

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:10 PM

The Milky Way galaxy may be home to billions of planets orbiting their host stars in a habitable zone where life could theoretically exist researchers say

UP IN THE SKY. The zodiacal light (L) and the Milky Way (R) are seen from the region of Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, 17 February 2015. Peter Komka/EPA

France loan offer, artificial islands, Jihadi John | The wRap

Feb 27, 2015 - 6:53 PM

France offers the Philippines a loan for disaster risk management China builds 3 artificial islands in disputed waters And who is Jihadi John?

Earth's new galactic address: Laniakea supercluster

Sep 04, 2014 - 8:35 AM

Laniakea comprises some 100 000 galaxies with about a hundred million billion suns astronomers say

A slice of the Laniakea Supercluster in the supergalactic equatorial plane – an imaginary plane containing many of the most massive clusters in this structure. Image courtesy SDvision interactive visualization software by DP at CEA/Saclay, France.

Milky Weigh: Scientists take weight of the galaxy

Jul 31, 2014 - 3:11 PM

The study led by the University of Edinburgh is the first time that scientists have been able to measure accurately the mass of the galaxy that contains our solar system

A panorama of the Southern Sky above the Paranal platform, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, 9 December 2009. H.H. Heyer/ESO

After early troubles, all go for Milky Way telescope

Jul 30, 2014 - 2:01 AM

A billion dollar telescope designed to provide the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way is ready to start work after teething problems

MILKY WAY. In this handout picture received from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on January 11, 2012 the Milky Way illuminates the sky above the dome of the Danish 1.54-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. Photo by AFP/Handout/ESO/Z. Bardon

WebHits: Milky Way time-lapse video

May 28, 2014 - 8:00 AM

This time lapse video captures the best of nature s spectacle

Billion-dollar 'discovery machine' set for launch

Dec 17, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Europe will place a billion dollar bet on a space telescope designed to provide the biggest and most detailed 3 D map of the Milky Way

SURVEYING THE MILKY WAY. Artist's depiction of the Gaia telescope mapping the stars of the Milky Way. Image released 28 April 2004 by the ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier

Photo wRap: October 21-27, 2012

Oct 28, 2012 - 3:47 PM

This week in Rappler s photo wRap: Malala Yousafzai Syrian rebels and kitties vintage photos and the Milky Way

A billion stars in one photo

Mar 31, 2012 - 2:40 PM

Edge on composite image of the Milky Way galaxy released recently shows a billion stars; Full sized photo 39 300 by 3 750 pixels

A segment of the full, edge-on image of the Milky Way galaxy, created by scientists in the UK and Chile. Photo courtesy of Mike Read (WFAU), UKIDSS/GPS and VVV