Galaxy simulation mirrors Milky Way for first time

Astrophysicists have for the first time created a computer model of galaxy formation that results in a spiral galaxy like our own.

Vista telescope finds 96 star clusters obscured by Milky Way dust

An international team of astronomers has discovered 96 star clusters hidden by dust in the Milky Way galaxy.

Study gives clues to future of Milky Way's central black hole

A new study from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory could tell us more about how black holes are created - and about the future of the black hole at the heart of our own galaxy.

Huge structure discovered at Milky Way's heart

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered a massive structure spreading halfway across the Milky Way.

Milky Way stars came from elsewhere in cosmic game of pool

Many of the Milky Way's ancient stars derive from other smaller galaxies torn apart by violent galactic collisions, say researchers at Durham University.

Milky Way is full of alien invaders

Around a quarter of the star clusters in our galaxy sneaked their way in from other galaxies, according to scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.

Milky Way mapping project hits one teraflop of power

The Milky Way@Home project - which ropes in home computer users to help map the galaxy - says its combined computing power has now overtaken the second-most-powerful supercomputer in the world.