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Gaia spots stars flying between galaxies

A team of astronomers using the latest set of data from ESA's Gaia mission to look for high-velocity stars being kicked out of the Milky Way were surprised to find stars instead sprinting inwards - perhaps from another galaxy.

Oct 2nd, 2018

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Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way

Position and movement data of more than six million stars show substructures that were never seen, originated by an impact that occurred more than 300 million years ago.

Sep 19th, 2018

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Uncovering the birthplaces of stars in the Milky Way

An international team of scientists has found a way to recover the birth places of stars in our Galaxy. This is one of the major goals in the field of Galactic Archaeology, whose aim is to reconstruct the formation history of the Milky Way.

Sep 13th, 2018

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Astronomers witness birth of new star from stellar explosion

As large stars explode, their interiors collapse down to a point at which all of their particles become neutrons. If the newly born star has a magnetic field and rotates fast enough, it can accelerate nearby charged particles and become what astronomers call a pulsar wind nebula.

Sep 12th, 2018

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Falling stars hold clue for understanding dying stars

An international team of researchers has proposed a new method to investigate the inner workings of supernovae explosions. This new method uses meteorites and is unique in that it can determine the contribution from electron anti-neutrinos, enigmatic particles which can't be tracked through other means.

Sep 3rd, 2018

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