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The Milky Way's Halo of Stars Isn't the Neat Sphere Astronomers Expected It to Be

The Milky Way’s Halo of Stars Isn’t the Neat Sphere Astronomers Expected It to Be

Step outside of the Milky Way for a moment and you might notice the bright disc of stars we call home has a weird warp to it. Now it seems the rest of our galaxy is also a little off-kilter. A new map of the stars above and below the galactic plane shows its galactic …

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The tilt in our stars: The shape of the Milky Way's halo of stars is realized

The tilt in our stars: The shape of the Milky Way’s halo of stars is realized

A new study has revealed the true shape of the diffuse cloud of stars surrounding the disk of our galaxy. For decades, astronomers have thought that this cloud of stars—called the stellar halo—was largely spherical, like a beach ball. Now a new model based on modern observations shows the stellar halo is oblong and tilted, …

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Electric Discharge From Plants May Be Changing Air Quality in Ways We Didn't Expect

Electric Discharge From Plants May Be Changing Air Quality in Ways We Didn’t Expect

When lightning flashes above, plants on the ground may respond in kind. Scientists have long been aware that plants and trees can emit small, visible electric discharges from the tips of their leaves when the plants are trapped beneath the electrical fields generated by thunderstorms high overhead. These discharges, known as coronas, are sometimes visible …

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What Drives Galaxies?  The Milky Way's Black Hole May Be the Key

What Drives Galaxies? The Milky Way’s Black Hole May Be the Key

On May 12, at nine simultaneous press conferences around the world, astrophysicists revealed the first image of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. At first, awesome though it was, the painstakingly produced image of the ring of light around our galaxy’s central pit of darkness seemed to merely prove what experts …

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Reds Part Ways With Hitting Coach Alan Zinter, Five Others

Reds Part Ways With Hitting Coach Alan Zinter, Five Others

The Reds are parting ways with a number of coaches on the heels of a disappointing season. The team announced Thursday that hitting coach Alan Zinter, bullpen coach Lee Tunnell, first base/infield coach Delino DeShields, advance scouting coach Cristian Pérez and assistant coach Rolando Valles have all been let go. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati …

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iPhone 14 Pro vs.  13 Pro: The Cameras Differ in 4 Significant Ways

iPhone 14 Pro vs. 13 Pro: The Cameras Differ in 4 Significant Ways

This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular product. The iPhone 14 Pro has several camera system improvements that have led to stellar reviews, including a 48-megapixel sensor and Apple’s new image-processing technique called the Photonic Engine. This immediately puts the iPhone 14 Pro …

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A Spitzer Space Telescope image of the Milky Way

A ‘galactic underworld’ of ancient, blown-up stars lurks just beneath the Milky Way’s surface

During the Milky Way’s roughly 13.6-billion-year history, billions of stars have formed, grown and ultimately died in spectacular supernova explosions. So, where are all of their corpses hiding? In new research published Aug. 25 in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers set out to dig up those long lost stellar bodies (so …

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