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Where is Our Place in the Universe?

It's Galaxies all the Way Out!: This image shows a galaxy cluster set against a backdrop of more distant galaxies. This is a remarkable cross-section of the universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from cosmic near neighbors to objects seen in the early years of the universe.

Close-Up View of Galaxy NGC 4314. This galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy about 40 million light years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. Perhaps the most prominent and unusual feature is its "nuclear starburst ring" of bright young stars. These rings are thought to be due in part to Lindblad resonance. It is thought that this explosion of the star formation has occurred over the past few millions of years. Wikipedia

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This Is What a Gravitational Lens Looks Like

NASA's just taken the best accidental smiley photo ever. It's galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849, and it's got one hell of a creepy grin.

In 2014 it was discovered that over 100 small dwarf galaxies appear to have massive black holes at their centres. One, an ultracompact dwarf galaxy, M60-UCD1 the densest galaxy known, was found to have a supermassive black hole with a mass of 21 million suns (15% of it's galaxy's total mass). Maybe these dwarf galaxies are the remains of larger galaxies that were torn apart when colliding with other galaxies?


NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after a decade of operations in which the telescope used ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies.

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NASA decommissions its galaxy hunter spacecraft

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Verizon Galaxy S 4 to support AWS-based LTE through software update

Verizon customers in the U.S. can expect to be offered the Verizon Galaxy sometime this May. See all the details on Verizon's announcement right here.

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This Newly-Discovered Class of Galaxies Shouldn't Exist

When you spot a galaxy in a telescope, you know it -- galaxies are bright, dense collections of millions of stars, often in a spiral or orb shape, held tightly together by gravitational forces. But now scientists have discovered a new kind of galaxy, which they call “fluffy” and “wispy.” No one is sure how they’ve come to be.

'The Lolladoff Plate' is a 12,000 year old stone dish found in Nepal. It clearly shows a disk shaped UFO (top of pic, hard to see from the angle of the plate however). There is also a figure on the disc looking remarkably similar to a Grey alien. Notice the spiral galaxy shape as well, with the alien inside it and the ufo at the beginning of it. Galaxies come in spiral shapes and throughout India, Egypt and Peru and other ancient sites the spiral shape is very often seen...