Amazing photo of the Milky Way over Yellowstone's alien hot springs

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day has an amazing picture by Dave Lane today, a 16-photo panorama of the Milky Way arching over Silex Spring, Yellowstone National Park. The amazing pool colors—caused by bacteria thriving in the magma-heated waters—make this look like a picture from an alien world. » 8/28/14 12:17am Thursday 12:17am

Rare view of the ocean glowing blue against the Milky Way

Today's Earth Picture of the Day is extraordinarily beautiful and rare: Fine art and landscape photographer Fefo Boouvier captured a large population of bioluminescent noctiluca glowing against the Milky Way in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the little town of Barra de Valizas, Uruguay. » 8/02/14 12:15pm 8/02/14 12:15pm

Astronomers discover farthest stars in the mysterious Milky Way halo

A team of astronomers led by John Bochanski has found the farthest stars in our galaxy in the mysterious Milky Way halo, a rare discovery that may change our understanding of the formation of our galactic home. They're so far away that, if you took a photo of the Milky Way from their orbit, it would look like the… » 7/10/14 11:22am 7/10/14 11:22am

Scientists think there may be a wormhole in the center of our galaxy

If Zilong Li and Cosimo Bambi of the Fudan University in Shanghai are correct, what we thought was a massive blackhole in the center of our galaxy could be a wormhole that would allow instantaneous travel between two points in space and time. In fact, it may be the gateway to a different universe. » 5/28/14 7:18pm 5/28/14 7:18pm

This New Hubble Pic Takes Us Halfway to the Edge of the Universe

This is a new picture taken by the Hubble Telescope that shows us the universe in more detail than we've ever seen it. It's a 14-hour exposure that shows objects at various stages and distances in cosmic history—showing tiny objects that would appear a billion times fainter if looked upon with our weak human eyes. » 4/17/14 10:00am 4/17/14 10:00am

Pouring creamer into coffee in slow motion looks intergalactic

The beautiful Milky Way is above us and around us but is also actually in our coffee cups too. What? Just watch Modernist Cuisine pour creamer into coffee in super slow motion, it's like watching another galaxy form or something. Life should have a slow motion mode so we can appreciate the little things. » 12/04/13 8:25pm 12/04/13 8:25pm

Dive Right Into the Largest Ever Image of Our Galaxy's Centre

You are looking at more than 84 million stars, the largest ever catalogue of the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers at the Paranal Observatory in Cerro Paranal, Chile, stitched the 9 gigapixels of the original image from thousands of individual infrared pictures.You can see the full, zoomable version here » 10/24/12 7:58am 10/24/12 7:58am