There are hundreds of mysterious filaments at the center of the Milky Way

MeerKAT image of the galactic center with color-coded position angles of the vertical filaments.  Courtesy of Farhad Yusef-Zadeh/Northwestern University

Several million years ago, the core of our galaxy experienced a powerful event. A huge bilobed bubble exploded and blasted through the interstellar medium in two directions. Whatever it was, it released massive amounts of energy from the central supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short). These bubbles contain strange one-dimensional vertical filaments … Read more

Earth’s new “near-moon” will stick around for hundreds of years

Earth's new "near-moon" will stick around for hundreds of years

Astronomers recently discovered an asteroid tracking our planet on its annual journey around the sun. Dubbed 2023 FW13, this asteroid is considered by experts to be a near-moon or near-satellite, as it orbits the sun in a similar time frame to Earth’s, although it is only slightly affected by our planet’s gravitational pull. The asteroid … Read more

A new study opens the door to hundreds of millions of habitable exoplanets

A new study opens the door to hundreds of millions of habitable exoplanets

In a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesa pair of researchers from the University of Florida (UF) examined the orbital eccentricities for exoplanets orbiting red dwarf stars (M dwarfs) and determined that a third of them, which includes hundreds of millions in the entire Milky Way , could exist within … Read more

Astronomers discover hundreds of mysterious filaments pointing towards the massive black hole of our Milky Way

Astronomers discover hundreds of mysterious filaments pointing towards the massive black hole of our Milky Way

MeerKAT image of galactic center with color-coded filament position angles – Northwestern University / SWNS Astronomers have found hundreds of mysterious filaments pointing towards the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, which could reveal new secrets about the dark abyss at the center of our galaxy. The strange horizontal filaments lie 25,000 light-years from Earth and … Read more