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What is the luminosity of the Milky Way?

This question may appear to be the same as What is the luminosity of the Milky Way galaxy?, but that question references a value of $5\times 10^{36}\space W$, which comes from a Wiki page which ...
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Why is the Andromeda galaxy coming closer to Milky way?

If both these galaxies are on collision path because of their gravity but how could that be? They are 2.5 million light-years apart now but I imagine they are still n collision path for a long time ...
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What's the energy of all the light/electromagnetic radiation in our galaxy?

I came upon this question while watching a pop-sci video on youtube about Dark Matter and thinking about all the things that could be contributing gravitational influence to a galaxy. From relativity ...
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Where can I find the star distribution data of our galaxy?

I am doing some research on dark matter and for that I need data of star distribution in our Galaxy. Is there any mathematical law that predicts the distribution pattern of stars in our Galaxy?
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How will Andromeda collide with Milky Way in spite of Hubble's law? [duplicate]

According to Edwin Hubble our Universe is expanding because he noticed that other galaxies are moving away from us. But then how Andromeda galaxy will collide with Milky Way in ~4.5 billion years, as ...
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Where can I find visible/radio telescopic observations of the center of the Milky Way galaxy?

I recently stumbled across this time-lapse telescopic image (radio image, I believe) of the center of the galaxy. Here's a still image. Link to time-lapse video below. I haven't been able to find ...
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Will the Sun's orbit around the Milky Way degrade once it transitions to a white dwarf with half its original mass?

Does the Sun's mass factor in at all when it comes to its orbit around the Milky Way, such that if it lost half its mass, its orbit would change? Or is it a matter of the center of the Milky Way being ...
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Why was the imaging of M87 black hole easier than imaging the Milky way's Sagittarius A*? [duplicate]

In the recent EHT press release of the image of the super massive black hole at M87, I am curious to know why the super massive black hole at the centre of milky way has not been imaged yet.
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Milky Way Density

It seems to be a simple question, but I wasn't really able to find an appropriate answer: How dense is the Milky Way? I am certain that there are reliable statistic, maybe even new ones from the GAIA ...
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What's the eccentricity of our sun's orbit around the center of the galaxy? [duplicate]

Just thinking about "galactic habitability zones." Is this even a valid question?
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Dark matter density calculation

I find that the general dark matter density of the Milky Way is $$6.87 \times 10^9 \: \rm GeV/m^3$$ or $$1.225 \times 10^{-17} \: \rm kg/m^3$$ (by taking the size of the Milky Way and dividing it to ...
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What does the gravitational potential of the Milky Way do to the CMB?

We sit in a gravitational potential, so there should be a blue shift on the CMB light from the potential of the Milky Way. Is this blue shift dependent on direction? Is it being subtracted from the ...
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Is it possible to see the Milky Way galaxy through a gravitational lens? [duplicate]

I have been thinking about these amazing images of ancient galaxies we can see because of gravitational lensing. Some of them even have multiple images of the same galaxy in two different places ...
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Does the Sun revolve around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way? [duplicate]

I'm curious to know, does the sun really revolve around the black hole at the center of the galaxy?
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Path to a distant star

Suppose we have a space ship that can go fast enough (0.9c) and we have plenty of time, and we want to travel to a star on the other side of the galaxy. How do you plot a path to navigate to that star?...
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What is the evidence for a supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way?

Black holes cannot be seen because they do not emit visible light or any electromagnetic radiation. Then how do astronomers infer their existence? I think it's now almost established in the scientific ...
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Estimating total mass inside the Sun's orbit

I'm trying to estimate the local density of dark matter at a given radius, $r=R_0=8\text{kpc}$. I also have values for the core radius, $a=5\text{kpc}$, and circular velocity of the Sun, $v_{\text{...
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Estimating the reddening of a star? [closed]

I'm stuck on a question concerning how to estimate the reddening of a star. The question is: "A star near the Galactic plane has observed apparent magnitudes in the blue and visual bands of $B = 15....
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Milky way without black holes in the center [closed]

I understand that the Milky way is a spiral galaxy with a supermassive black hole in the center. I understand that because of the stress-energy and the gravitational field of the black hole, the ...
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The Sun's Orbit - Is it What We Think?

I was thinking that the sun must orbit something within our spiral arm in the Milky Way, or be affected by other astronomical bodies - surely not just the supermassive black hole centre. I have ...
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What is the current shape of the Milky Way?

Things in the Universe which are thousands of light years away from Earth can be seen, or pictures can be taken by Hubble Telescope, because those stars, galaxies, etc. emitted light thousands, ...
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Is there a Neutron Star or Black Hole close to solar system?

I recently read an article where it mentioned that the solar system could be born out of a supernova explosion (death of a previous star). In case there was a supernova, wouldn't there be a ...
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What is the local stellar number density?

Is it just me or does this paper, while providing a great equation for the behaviour of the general stellar number density, never actually give a value for the local stellar number density $\rho(R={\...
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If our galaxy's dark matter halo is so large and diffuse, why is the ordinary matter in it so much more localised and compactly located?

I just read that our galaxy's dark matter halo is estimated to be 1.5m ly across, compared to the visible galaxy's 100k ly across, needed to explain stellar rotation curves. Why would this be? By ...
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If the Universe is expanding, then why will Andromeda collide with the Milky Way? [duplicate]

Andromeda is moving towards the Milky Way Galaxy at around 250,000 mph, but I wonder what is the direction of our Milky Way Galaxy? Are these two galaxies heading towards each other or Andromeda will ...
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Frame Dragging by Sag A star

Is frame dragging by the supermassive black hole Sag A responsible for the milky way's rotation? If so would we also be part of time dilation depending on how close we are to Sag A? Is the gravity ...
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Milky Way: where does it end?

The milky way galaxy, as is typical for spirals (and others?), has a relatively flat rotation curve except very near the center: Eventually, at great enough distances, almost the entire mass of the ...
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During which part of the year does the Earth move toward the galactic centre?

The Earth orbits around the Sun which in turn orbits around the center of the Milky Way. In which part of the year is the Earth is moving away from the center of the Milky Way?
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Spin of Supermasive Blackhole

How long does it take for the black hole at the center of our galaxy to make 1 full rotation?
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Can a super-duper massive black hole eventually eat an entire galaxy?

Might there be some roaming black galaxies out there eating up other galaxies?
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How do we know the stars orbiting Sgr A* are orbiting a supermassive black hole and not just the center of mass of the Milky Way galaxy?

It is my understanding the best evidence we have for Sgr A* being the black hole at the center of our galaxy is the incredible velocities of the stars orbiting around it. But wouldn't the stars ...
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From a planet in one of our satellite dwarf galaxies, would one be able to see the Milky Way?

Say there was a lifeform not unlike ours native to a planet somewhere in one of our nearest satellite galaxies, say Sagittarius, during their nighttime would they be able to see the Milky Way brightly?...
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On the trajectory of the Andromeda-Milky Way collision

The Andromeda-Milky Way collision is going to happen in approximately 4 billion years. What trajectory would the Andromeda galaxy follow on its path to collision with the Milky Way? How could this be ...
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Frequency of black holes [closed]

How many black holes are considered to exist in the Milky Way.. and is there evidence of a single supermassive black hole at its center?
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Are we closer to an accurate 3 D image of our galaxy using the Gaia billion star data set?

From the BBC: Report on Gaia Mission Data 14th September 2016 Astronomers working on the Gaia space telescope have released a first tranche of data recording the position and brightness of over a ...
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What angle does our Solar System make with The Milky Way?

Solar System resides in a plane, thanks to Conservation of Angular Momentum. The Milky Way is also a disc, not sphere. What angle does our Solar System's plane (or, normal to plane) make with The ...
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Plausibility of black hole in center of galaxy (apparent paradox?) [duplicate]

Reading a question on the Worldbuilding SE site a minute ago about a trip to the other side of the galaxy flying by the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy, my immediate first thought ...
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What is the meaning of a negative Galactic longitude?

What is the meaning of negative longitude in Galactic coordinate system, for instance in this article? Does the longitude $-65^\circ$ equal $295^\circ$?
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Andromeda Collision vs Intergalactic Expansion

If the expansion of the universe is continuing unabated, which means intergalactic (perhaps even interstellar) space is continuingly expanding, then: Why is the Andromeda galaxy on a collision course ...
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How has the world remained in balance?

In the center of our galaxy, there is a Supermassive black hole. We were told in early astronomy units of school that black holes are giant vacuums that will absorb/consume the area around it. My ...
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What part of the Milky Way do we see?

I have seen several pictures depicting our galaxy, but I would like to clarify the following: Picture 1: Picture 2: What part of the galaxy is depicted in the first picture, which is taken from ...
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Gravitational Lensing by Sagittarius A in the center of the Milky Way

It was suggested that there is a black hole in the center of the Milky Way, called Sagittarius A. The whole region is heavily obscured by dust, although some very long wavelengths can break through. ...
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What is the baryonic mass distribution of the Milky Way

There are many, many studies of the Dark Matter halo around the Milky Way but I'm having trouble finding good raw data about visible matter. I'm investigating a MOND like model and would like some ...
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History of the Milky Way-Quasar

Was our Milky Way a Quasar many years ago? I heard that it is difficult to fuel quasars for many billions of years, after a quasar finishes accreting the surrounding gas and dust, it becomes an ...
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How do we know what the Milky Way looks like?

There is no way (with the current technology) that we could send a probe outside the Milky Way in a reasonable amount of time. So, how do we know what the Milky Way looks like, and what factors do ...
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What is this big, white, dense, circular collection of stars in this picture taken from a Telescope? (See the image)

I was visiting this website- http://crest.iiap.res.in/iaonightcam.html, where there was a picture of the night sky coming live from a Telescope. My question is, why is there so many stars in this ...
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Do we know what event caused the Sun and Solar System to form?

Some stellar formation theories suggest that stars are formed by shock waves from trigger events such as supernovae. This excerpt from Star Formation basically gives the background to my question: ...
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Milky Way galaxy central black hole and time contraction of life story

We know that life is almost 4 billion years old on Earth. We also know that time contracts as we approach the event horizon of the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Now the ...
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What will happen to the Earth when Milky Way and Andromeda merge?

Hypothetically, if our solar system survived into the far future and human was still around, is the merge between 2 galaxies were a disaster for lives on Earth? Were the Sun get thrown away from the ...