ESA’s New View of the Milky Way’s Center –“A Primordial Region of Violence and Mystery”





This new image, from work led by Dr Gabriele Ponti and published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, shows the powerful remnants of dead stars and their mighty action on the surrounding gas from ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory, revealing some of the most intense processes taking place at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.


White Dwarf Star Discovered With an Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere





Researchers have discovered a white dwarf star with an atmosphere dominated by oxygen, a type of white dwarf that has been theorized to exist but not identified to date. The finding could challenge the textbook wisdom of single stellar evolution, and provide a critical link to some types of supernovae discovered over the past decade.


NASA: Hubble’s Infrared Vision “Reveals the Milky Way’s Core Nuclear Star Cluster”





Peering deep into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. Except for a few blue foreground stars, the stars are part of the Milky Way's nuclear star cluster, the most massive and densest star cluster in our galaxy. So packed with stars, it is equivalent to having a million suns crammed between us and our closest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri. At the very hub of our galaxy, this star cluster surrounds the Milky Way's central supermassive black hole, which is about 4 million times the mass of our sun.


Royal Astronomical Society –“Aliens May Be Using Lasers to Conceal Their Existence in the Milky Way”





"We could cloak only the atmospheric signatures associated with biological activity, such as oxygen, which is achievable with a peak laser power of just 160 kW per transit. To another civilization, this should make the Earth appear as if life never took hold on our world", say astronomers at Columbia University.


NASA ‘OnSight’ Technology –Join Buzz Aldrin On a Holographic Tour of Mars!





What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars? A group of researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been working on methods to take this question from the realm of imagination to the mind-bending domain of mixed reality.



"The Galaxy" in Your Inbox, Free, Daily