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Astronomers Have Stumbled Upon One of the Most Ancient Stars in the Universe

A tiny star located about 1,590 light-years from Earth could be as old as 13.53 billion years, making it one of the most ancient stars ever discovered. Read More >>

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A Vast and Spooky Void Is Influencing the Milky Way

“The void” is more than a metaphor for gnawing existential pain. In fact, new research from an international team of scientists suggests that a huge void outside our extragalactic neighbourhood could be impacting the way our galaxy — and others around it — move. Read More >>

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This Is the Most Detailed Hydrogen Map of the Milky Way Ever Created 

Using two of the world’s largest configurable telescopes, scientists have created the most detailed map yet of hydrogen atoms in the Milky Way. Read More >>

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Photos of These Bolivian Salt Flats Perfectly Reflect the Night Sky

Since finding a perfectly dark sky is rare in our electrically-powered world, we at Gizmodo like to highlight the areas that still remain and the photography projects that explore them. This week’s photo series comes from the Altiplano salt flats (Salar de Uyuni) in Bolivia, where a team journeyed to the site and captured some amazing images. Read More >>

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Astronomers Have Discovered the Most Desolate Place in the Milky Way

An international team of astronomers has discovered a huge expanse of space near the centre of the Milky Way that’s devoid of young stars. This stellar desert extends for 8,000 light-years from the galactic core — and it hasn’t produced new stars for hundreds of millions of years. Read More >>

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A Third of the World’s Human Beings Can’t See the Milky Way

Our world is getting brighter, as we turn more and more lights on across the planet. But all that light shining from the ground makes it harder to see the lights shining from the sky. It’s now gotten so bad that the Milky Way is almost impossible to see in most of the western world. Read More >>

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A Giant Galaxy Orbiting Our Own Just Appeared Out of Nowhere

Researchers scanning the skies just got a big surprise. They spotted a humongous galaxy orbiting our own, where none had been seen before. It appeared, seemingly, out of nowhere. Read More >>

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These Newly Discovered “Super Galaxies” Are the Biggest and Brightest Ever Seen

Looking at these spiral galaxies glowing brightly against the darkness, it’s hard to imagine that they could be so easily missed — but they were right up until now, when an astronomical survey catalogued them as equal to the biggest and brightest galaxies ever seen. Read More >>

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Researchers Just Discovered Hundreds of Galaxies Hidden Behind the Milky Way

Astronomers just uncovered hundreds of hidden galaxies a mere 250 light years away — well within our own galactic neighbourhood. But how did they stay unknown for so long? The fault isn’t with them, it’s with our own Milky Way. Read More >>

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Learn How to Make Milky Way Time-Lapses in About 20 Minutes

It's no secret that Gizmodo loves Milky Way time-lapses. They're an awe-inspiring fixture on the internet we can't help but highlight. But astrophotographer (jealous of that job title) Ian Norman wants to transform us from just casual observers into active creators. Read More >>

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Watch What Would Happen if Two Black Holes Collided in the Milky Way

If you've ever wondered what the destruction of the Milky Way might look like, then perhaps it's a little like this. You're looking at a simulation of what would happen to our galaxy if two black holes somehow collided within it. Read More >>