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How Do We Know The Shape Of Our Galaxy?

If we're sitting inside the Milky Way, how do we possibly have any idea what it looks like? How can you map an object you're inside of?
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Mapping the Milky Way: Radio telescopes give clues to structure, history

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Astronomers have discovered hundreds of previously-unknown sites of massive star formation in the Milky Way, including the most distant such objects yet found in our home Galaxy. Ongoing studies of these objects promise to give cruc...

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The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Gaia spacecraft in 2013 with the aim of creating the most complete map ever of the Milky Way galaxy and other nearby objects. It began observing […]

The inside of the Milky Way Galaxy in 3-D

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Scientists have produced the first detailed three-dimensional map of the stars that form the inner regions of our Milky Way, using publicly available VVV survey data. They find a box/peanut shaped bulge with an elongated bar and a p...

Map of the Milky Way reveals our galaxy’s growth strategy

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Researchers have created a map that charts the ages of stars across the Milky Way, confirming that our galaxy grew from the inside out. The map, which includes the ages of more than 70,000 red giant stars, was presented by Melissa N...

New map shows where the Milky Way galaxy is inside its supercluster

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

For the first time, scientists have pinpointed where our galaxy stands amongst thousands of other galaxies in our home supercluster. The new map shows beautiful feathery strings linked together with the Milky Way galaxy placed on th...


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