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ESO Reveals a New Image of Gum 41

April 16, 2014

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The European Southern Observatory reveals a new image of Gum 41, a cloud of hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus. This new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile reveals a cloud of hydrogen called Gum 41. In the middle of this little-known nebula, brilliant hot young stars are giving off […]

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ESO’s Very Large Telescope Views Planetary Nebula Abell 33

April 9, 2014

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This newly released image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile shows planetary nebula Abell 33. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured this eye-catching image of planetary nebula PN A66 33 — usually known as Abell 33. Created when an aging star blew off its outer layers, this beautiful blue bubble […]

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New ESO Image of NGC 1316 and NGC 1317

April 2, 2014

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By combining many individual images in the ESO archive, this new image shows NGC 1316 and its smaller neighbor NGC 1317. This new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller neighbor NGC 1317. These two are quite close to each […]

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Surprise Discovery Reveals Asteroid Chariklo Surrounded by Two Thin Rings

March 27, 2014

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A surprise discovery shows that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings, making it the smallest object discovered to have rings and only the fifth body in our solar system. The asteroid Chariklo, which circles the Sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, is surrounded by two thin rings […]

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VLT Discovers Largest Yellow Hypergiant Star to Date

March 12, 2014

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ESO’s Very Large Telescope has discovered one of the ten largest stars found to date, a yellow hypergiant star that is more than 1,300 times the diameter of our Sun. ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer has revealed the largest yellow star — and one of the ten largest stars found so far. This hypergiant has […]

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ALMA Reveals Unexpected Gas Clump in Debris Disc Around Beta Pictoris

March 7, 2014

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Using the ALMA telescope, researchers discovered an unexpected clump of carbon monoxide gas in the dusty disc around the star Beta Pictoris. NASA Goddard’s Aki Roberge explains how observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile tell us about poison gas, comet swarms and a hypothetical planet around Beta Pictoris. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard […]

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SMA Reveals New Insights Into How Cosmic Seeds Grow Into Massive Stars

February 26, 2014

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New research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reveals new insights into how cosmic seeds can grow into massive stars. Cambridge, Massachusetts – New images from the Smithsonian’s Submillimeter Array (SMA) telescope provide the most detailed view yet of stellar nurseries within the Snake nebula. These images offer new insights into how cosmic seeds can […]

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New ESO Image of Star Cluster Messier 7

February 25, 2014

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This newly released image of star cluster Messier 7 was taken by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope. A new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the bright star cluster Messier 7. Easily spotted with the naked eye close to the tail of the constellation of Scorpius, it is […]

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The First Evidence that Asteroids Can Have a Highly Varied Internal Structure

February 5, 2014

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By using precise measurements of the asteroid Itokawa, astronomers have discovered the first evidence that asteroids can have a highly varied internal structure. ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT) has been used to find the first evidence that asteroids can have a highly varied internal structure. By making exquisitely precise measurements astronomers have found that different […]

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ESO’s VLT Charts First Map of Weather on the Surface of a Brown Dwarf

January 30, 2014

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ESO’s Very Large Telescope has charted the first ever map of the weather on the surface of a Brown Dwarf. An international team has made a chart of the dark and light features on WISE J104915.57-531906.1B, which is informally known as Luhman 16B and is one of two recently discovered brown dwarfs forming a pair […]

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VLT Survey Telescope Views the Lagoon Nebula

January 22, 2014

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This new image from the VLT Survey Telescope shows the Lagoon Nebula, which is located roughly 5,000 light-years from us in the constellation of Sagittarius. The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is […]

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ESA/ESO Collaboration Successfully Tracks Its First Near-Earth Object

January 21, 2014

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The new collaboration between ESA and ESO has successfully tracked its first potentially threatening Near-Earth Object. The first Near-Earth Object (NEO) recovery campaign has been successfully carried out by a new collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and ESO. Up to now the asteroid 2009 FD had been ranked among the top five objects […]

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