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Space Cloud Ripped Apart by Milky Way's Giant Black Hole

Astronomers have spied a huge gas cloud being pulled like taffy around the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. Full story

Milky Way Neighbor Galaxies Get Amazing Portraits in UV

Stitching together thousands of images, astronomers have created the most detailed ultraviolet light portraits of the Milky Way's two closest neighbors: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Full story

Lightweight Galaxy Is the Smallest Ever Found

An ultra-faint collection of 1,000 stars orbiting the Milky Way is the most lightweight galaxy ever discovered, scientists say. Full story

Milky Way's 'Flyover Country' Mapped

By pointing a powerful NASA space telescope away from our galaxy's star-studded core, astronomers are mapping the Milky Way's more sparsely populated outer fringes. Full story

'Cat's Paw Nebula' Bursting with New Star Growth

INDIANAPOLIS — A nebula that shines about 5,500 light-years from Earth could be going through a "baby boom," according to a new study. Full story

Milky Way's Local Arm Larger Than Previously Thought

INDIANAPOLIS — Our home in the Milky Way could be much larger than ever thought before, according to a new study. Full story

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  Black holes serve as galactic tag team

Imagery from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory reveals a pair of supermassive black holes in NGC 3393, a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way.

  Astronomers simulate the Milky Way

A supercomputer simulation produces a virtual spiral galaxy that comes close to matching the look of our own Milky Way. Msnbc.com's Alan Boyle reports.

  Photographer captures amazing time-lapse of Milky Way

Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd speaks with TODAY.com’s Dara Brown about the stunning images of the Milky Way captured glittering in the night sky from Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide.

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