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More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA
More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA

The Gaia space probe, launched in December 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way.

More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA
Cosmic ray mystery lifted in new findings
Cosmic ray mystery lifted in new findings

Cosmic rays -- fast-moving particles that constantly pummel our planet -- come from the explosion of supernovae, new research confirmed Thursday, resolving an astronomical mystery.

Cosmic ray mystery lifted in new findings
'17 billion' Earth-sized planets in Milky Way: study
'17 billion' Earth-sized planets in Milky Way: study

The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study out Monday that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours.

'17 billion' Earth-sized planets in Milky Way: study
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PHOTO: Non-professional astronomer made a unique panoramic image of the Milky Way

American photographer and non-professional astronomer Nick Risinger pictured a unique panoramic view of the Milky Way in real color.

PHOTO: Non-professional astronomer made a unique panoramic image of the Milky Way
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