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The Early Days of the Milky Way Revealed

by Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
A study led by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) puts a sequence to the events which gave rise to our galaxy

Hubble Observes One-of-a-Kind Star Nicknamed 'Nasty'

by HubbleSite
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so weird that astronomers have nicknamed it "Nasty 1," a play on its catalog name of NaSt1. The star may represent a brief transitory stage in the evolution of extremely massive stars.

Milky Way's Black Hole Getting Ready for Snack

by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Get ready for a fascinating eating experience in the center of our galaxy. The event involves a black hole that may devour much of an approaching cloud of dust and gas known as G2.