Not too long ago, scientists on the hunt for habitable worlds and extraterrestrial life would have said that the best bet is to look for where there is water. However, they now understand that this sole condition really doesn't do much to narrow things down, as the Universe may very well be awash with the stuff.
Scientists have recently detected remnants of an ancient "dusty" supernova in the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, and it's helping to solve an age-old puzzle, according to a new study.
Our own Milky Way galaxy harbors thousands of potentially habitable planets, telling scientists that in the search for life not on Earth, they should be looking a little closer to home.
The Milky Way is reportedly much bigger than we previously thought - 50 percent larger, to be exact, according to new research.
A team of scientists has discovered cosmic discs of dust and gas at the center of the Milky Way galaxy that can quite literally stand the heat - that is, heat emanating from millions of large, hot stars that should otherwise destroy such discs.
Our own Milky Way has recently gained nine new neighbors - rare dwarf satellite galaxies, which could help astronomers better understand the mysterious dark matter that holds our galaxy together, new research says.
Astronomers have discovered the fastest star ever known, dubbed US 708, hurtling through the galaxy after a massive supernova ejected it into space, and now it appears to be moving so fast that it is being flung out of the Milky Way altogether.
According to researchers, the Universe should be brighter than it actually is, and now they are just beginning the figure out why that's not the case.
Scientists have discovered a monstrous black hole about 13 billion light-years away from Earth, and it is the largest they have ever seen, a new study says.
Dark matter may have been responsible for the comet strike that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, as well as other mass extinction events and geologic upheavals, according to one scientist.
Back in March, scientists operating the telescope BICEP2 announced that they may have found proof of the Big Bang that created the Universe, while others claimed that their findings could just as well be explained by light scattering off dust between the stars in the Milky Way. And now, new research has confirmed that dust has foiled their "breakthrough" discovery.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory recently detected an incredibly powerful flare of x-rays from the supermassive black hole that's at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, raising some serious questions about the behavior of this black hole, and how it influences the immense world that it plays host to.
Neutrinos are like the ghosts of the particle world, carrying no charge and interacting with electrons and protons in only the faintest ways. Now a new study suggests that the great majority of high-energy neutrinos that can be found in the Milky Way Galaxy may be coming from the large black hole at its center, implying that black holes are actually neutrino factories.
According to a recent study, galaxies have cannibalistic tendencies. And for the massive and nearby Andromeda galaxy, the Milky Way will one day be a midnight snack.
Astrophysicists have a very general and extremely theoretical idea of what happened after the Big Bang, including the formation of our solar system's Sun and stars like it. However, a team of experts from Monash University now believe that they have discovered something that will take us a step closer to understanding what the Sun's birth was truly like.