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Astronomers Discover Two Distinct Families of Exocomets Around Beta Pictoris

October 24, 2014

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Tthe Most Complete Census of Comets Around Another Star

Astronomers make the most complete census of comets around another star, revealing that individual comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris belong to two distinct families of exocomets. The HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created. A French […]

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APEX Telescope Reveals Star Formation in Unexpected Places

October 15, 2014

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APEX Reveals Star Formation in Unexpected Places

A team of astronomers used the APEX telescope to probe the Spiderweb Cluster, revealing that much of the star formation taking place is hidden by dust and occurring in unexpected places. Galaxy clusters are the largest objects in the Universe held together by gravity but their formation is not well understood. The Spiderweb Galaxy (formally […]

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Newly Released ESO Image of Messier 11

October 2, 2014

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ESO Views the Wild Duck Cluster

This new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory shows of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known — Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster. Messier 11 is an open cluster, sometimes referred to as a galactic cluster, located around 6,000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum […]

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ALMA Finds Direct Evidence That Merging Galaxies Can Form Disc Galaxies

September 30, 2014

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New Observations Explain Why Milky Way Like Galaxies Are so Common

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) and several other radio telescopes, astronomers find direct evidence that merging galaxies can form disc galaxies instead of elliptical galaxies. For decades scientists have believed that galaxy mergers usually result in the formation of elliptical galaxies. Now, for the the first time, researchers using ALMA and a host […]

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Lupus 4 – A Spider-Shaped Blob of Gas and Dust

September 8, 2014

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New Image of Lupus 4 Spider Shaped Blob of Gas and Dust

ESO’s Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this new image of Lupus 4, which is located about 400 light-years away from Earth. Lupus 4, a spider-shaped blob of gas and dust, blots out background stars like a dark cloud on a moonless night in this intriguing new image. Although gloomy […]

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New Image Provides the Best View Yet of Merging Galaxies in Distant Universe

August 26, 2014

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New View of Merging Galaxies in the Distant Universe

Astronomers have obtained the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and many other telescopes on the ground and in space, an international team of astronomers has obtained the best view yet of a […]

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Two Star Formation Regions in the Southern Milky Way

August 20, 2014

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New Image Reveals Two Dramatic Star Formation Regions in the Southern Milky Way

This new image from the European Southern Observatory shows two dramatic star formation regions (NGC 3603 and NGC 3576) in the southern Milky Way. This image, captured by the Wide Field Imager at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first is of these, […]

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New ESO Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 33

August 6, 2014

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New ESO Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 33

This newly released VLT Survey Telescope image shows spiral galaxy Messier 33, which is located about three million light-years away. The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured a beautifully detailed image of the galaxy Messier 33. This nearby spiral, the second closest large galaxy to our own galaxy, the […]

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ALMA Reveals Double Star with Wildly Misaligned Planet-Forming Discs

July 31, 2014

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ALMA Discovers Misaligned Planet Forming Gas Discs Around Two Young Stars

Using ALMA, astronomers have discovered wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. These new ALMA observations provide the clearest picture […]

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New ESO Image of Star Cluster NGC 3293

July 24, 2014

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New Image of Star Cluster NGC 3293

This newly released image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows star cluster NGC 3293, which is located 8,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina. In this striking new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of […]

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Astronomers View Stardust Being Made in Real Time

July 11, 2014

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New VLT Observations Reveal How Stardust Forms Around a Supernova

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers view stardust being made in real time and reveal how stardust forms around a supernova. A group of astronomers has been able to follow stardust being made in real time — during the aftermath of a supernova explosion. For the first time they show that these cosmic dust factories […]

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Astronomers Discover a Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

July 10, 2014

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Hubble Views Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape that winds around the cores of two colliding galaxies. Astronomers routinely use the crisp view of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to study all kinds of intricate details in galaxy clusters. By now you […]

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