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National Geographic Feature: “Star Struck” by Ken Croswell

20 Nov 2010, 22:56 UTC
National Geographic Feature: “Star Struck” by Ken Croswell
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As promised, here’s an excerpt from astronomer Ken Croswell’s “Star Struck,” a National Geographic featured article that takes us on a fascinating tour of the Milky Way. Croswell discusses recent discoveries of hypervelocity stars, why planets are rare in the outermost reaches of our galaxy and the black hole hiding inside the galactic core. The [...]

An all-sky image of the Milky Way (Serge Brunier/NASA)
As promised, here’s an excerpt from astronomer Ken Croswell’s “Star Struck,” a National Geographic featured article that takes us on a fascinating tour of the Milky Way.
Croswell discusses recent discoveries of hypervelocity stars, why planets are rare in the outermost reaches of our galaxy and the black hole hiding inside the galactic core. The Astroengine article “Life is Grim on the Galactic Rim” gets a mention as Croswell describes metal-poor stars and why life might be unlikely in those systems.
From “Star Struck”:
“It’s hard to be modest when you live in the Milky Way. Our galaxy is far larger, brighter, and more massive than most other galaxies. From end to end, the Milky Way’s starry disk, observable with the naked eye and through optical telescopes, spans 120,000 light-years. Encircling it is another ...

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