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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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Astronomers Create First Full 3D Model of Eta Carinae Nebula

July 8, 2014

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Animation of 3D Homunculus Nebula Model

Using new data from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope and its X-Shooter spectrograph, astronomers have created the first full 3D model of Eta Carinae Nebula. In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun’s mass and made it […]

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New ESO Image of Star Formation Region Gum 15

July 2, 2014

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Star Formation Region Gum 15

This newly released ESO image, taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory, shows the star forming region known as Gum 15. The little-known cloud of cosmic gas and dust called Gum 15 is the birthplace and home of hot young stars. Beautiful and deadly, these stars […]

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ALMA Maps Environment around Dark Gamma-Ray Bursts for the First Time

June 12, 2014

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ALMA Maps Environment Around Dark Gamma Ray Bursts for the First Time

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers have directly mapped out the molecular gas and dust in the host galaxies of gamma-ray bursts for the first time. Observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have for the first time directly mapped out the molecular gas and dust in the host galaxies of gamma-ray bursts […]

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SPHERE Exoplanet Imager Provides Impressive Views

June 6, 2014

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Infrared Image of the Dust Ring Around Star HR 4796A

The Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) has been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, providing astronomers with impressive views of dust discs around nearby stars and other targets during the very first days of observations. SPHERE — the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument — has been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at […]

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New ESO Image of Star Cluster NGC 3590

May 22, 2014

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New Image of Star Cluster NGC 3590

This newly released image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory shows star cluster NGC 3590, which is located roughly 7,500 light-years from Earth. This colorful new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star cluster NGC 3590. These stars shine brightly in front of a dramatic landscape of […]

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