The hunt is on for these star-smashing remnants from before our galaxy took shape.
The European Research Council is dishing out about $19 million for an image of the black hole that might reside in the center of our galaxy.
The ESA’s Gaia spacecraft successfully launched this morning with a five-year mission to map the stars of the Milky Way.
Keep your specs on and stock up on water and canned goods, because the Milky Way, that thing we've been blasting with a laser, is going to collide with the Andromeda galaxy. Well, in about 4 billion years, but it's never too late to be prepared.
What could make a picture of the Milky Way even more incredible? When the Himalayas are in the shot, of course. And that's exactly what photographer extraordinaire, Anton Jankovoy, did. Hiking through the Annapurna region at elevations of over 25,000 feet is challenging enough, but Jankovoy is no mere mortal. Don't forget to click below for the large version.
Take this impossibly gorgeous night sky and the alien huts below and you might mistake this for a movie set. But, this otherworldly scene is actually a site of historic significance…in Nevada:
Here's a lovely shot of the Milky Way courtesy of astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado. Taken in Spain's Canary Islands, Casado mashed nine different photographs together to create this masterpiece — not to mention a totally unique view of our galaxy.