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Is the Sun surrounded by dark matter ?

University of Zurich researchers have made the claim after building a simulation of the Milky Way. The team believe that previous techniques have unde…

Galactic Storm

This is fantastic – and since it’s impossible to capture the grandeur of the image on Neatorama’s teeny 500 pixel-wide image format, we won’t even try. Instead, you should head on over to Earth Science [...]

Four Percent of Galaxies Are Like Milky Way

Researchers have discovered that only four percent of galaxies have similar qualities as our own Milky Way. I guess every galaxy really is a snowflake. The research team compared the Milky Way to similar galaxies in terms of luminosity–a measure of how much light is emitted–and distance to other bright galaxies. They found galaxies that [...]

The Billion Year Technology Gap

While some contend that there could exist extraterrestrial civilizations that have been around for a billion years and therefore a billion years more advanced than us, others stand by the Fermi Paradox which asserts if they were out there we would have heard from them. If there are old civilizations out there, I wonder what [...]

The Mountain

(vimeo link) Filmmaker Terje Sorgjerd (previously at Neatorama) set up cameras on El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, from April 4th to 11th, 2011. The object was to take a time-lapse video of the Milky Way. However, a sand storm blew in from the Sahara desert. Sorgjerd assumed his project had been ruined, but was [...]

Milky Way over Switzerland

This magnificent photo taken in Switzerland shows the expanse of the Milky Way galaxy across the heavens. This small size really doesn’t do it justice; click on the link to view a much larger image. Hovering over the photo at the link will also point out major star clusters and nebulae. Link via io9 | Photo: [...]

500m planets in our galaxy could support life

Data from NASA’s Kepler telescope suggests there are 50 billion planets in the Milky Way. To date Kepler has discovered 1,235 planets with 54 of those…

Dietribes: Raspberries

• First thing’s first: a raspberry is a bramble, or any plant belonging to the fierce-sounding genus Rubus. Raspberries are cousins with other bramble fruits, including blackberries. Also part of the diverse family Rosaceae are roses, strawberries, apples, pears, apricots and peaches. • Raspberries and blackberries are classified as fruit, but are of a slightly different [...]

False Dawn: The Zodiacal Pyramid of Light

Photo: Kwon O. Chul, TWAN The gorgeous pyramid of light above is called the zodiacal light. Andrew Fazekas of the National Geographic News explains the elusive celestial phenomenon: Unlike the stars and gases of the Milky Way, which stretch away from Earth for light-years, the source of the zodiacal light lies between the inner planets of our [...]

Milky Way Transit Authority

Image: Samuel Arbesman Sure, anyone could consult an atlas of the Milky Way Galaxy to see what’s all there, but if you think like Samuel Arbesman, that won’t do. He has created a handy station and route map of spiral galaxy as a way of making the immense more accessible. Introducing the Milky Way Transit Authority. This [...]