A giant stellar void in the Milky Way

2 August 2016 Astronomy Now

A major revision is required in our understanding of the Milky Way Galaxy according to an international team led by Professor Noriyuki Matsunaga of the University of Tokyo. The Japanese, South African and Italian astronomers found a huge region around the centre of our own galaxy which is devoid of young stars.


VISTA telescope discovers new component of Milky Way

28 October 2015 Astronomy Now

Astronomers using the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory have discovered a previously unknown component of the Milky Way. By mapping out the locations of a class of stars that vary in brightness called Cepheids, a disc of young stars buried behind thick dust clouds in the central bulge has been found.