Lonely Dwarf Galaxy Spotted 7 Million Light-Years From The Milky Way


The Milky Way’s neighborhood is a bit more crowded than we thought.

Using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a Russian-American team of astronomers has discovered an isolated dwarf galaxy about 7 million light-years away from our galaxy.

Dubbed KKs3, the “dwarf spheroidal” galaxy is located in the southern sky in the direction of the constellation Hydrus. It’s the most recently discovered member of the so-called Local Group of galaxies, which includes the Milky Way as well as the Andromeda Galaxy and dozens of other galaxies.

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A negative image of KKs 3 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The core of the galaxy is the right-hand dark object at top center, with its stars spreading out around it. (The left-hand of the two dark objects is a nearer globular star cluster.)

As galaxies go, KKs3 is pretty small. It’s total mass is about one ten-thousandth the mass of the Milky Way, according to the astronomers. And it’s only the second isolated dwarf spheroidal galaxy ever observed in the Local Group. (The first, known as KKR25, was discovered by the same astronomers in 1999.)

Finding objects like KKs3 is painstaking work, even with observatories —> Read More Here

Media Matters Names George Will ‘Misinformer Of The Year’

Conservative columnist George Will will be named the “Misinformer of the Year” by Media Matters on Monday, staffers at the liberal-leaning group tell The Huffington Post.

Media Matters will claim that Will is 2014’s “most prolific purveyor of conservative misinformation,” according to an article to be published on the group’s website on Monday. The group cites Will’s controversial June 2014 column about campus sexual assault, comments he made this year about Ebola and global warming, and ongoing questions about Will’s potential conflicts of interest.

Will, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1977, joins previous winners of Media Matters’ annual “award,” including Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.

In the June 6 column, Will put the term “sexual assault” in quotation marks and wrote dismissively about a rape case at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, alluding to suggestions that the reported victim in that case had not been assaulted at all. The column argued that “victimhood [was] a coveted status that confers privileges” and criticized federal efforts to address sexual violence on campuses.

“I absolutely have not received any privileges from sexual assault,” Lisa Sendrow, the accuser in the Swarthmore case, told Media Matters in —> Read More Here

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