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Hubble Image Reveals Cross-Section View of the Universe

April 17, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image provides a cross-section view of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from […]

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New Radar Images from Cassini Show Familiar Forms on Titan’s Dunes

April 8, 2014

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New radar images from the Cassini orbiter show dark streaks carved into dunes on Saturn’s moon Titan. The moons of our Solar System are brimming with unusual landscapes. However, sometimes they look a little more familiar, as in this new radar image from the Cassini orbiter. The image shows dark streaks carved into dunes reminiscent […]

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ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft Gets First Glimpse of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

April 1, 2014

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Researchers use the scientific imaging system on board ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft to get the first glimpse of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A little more than four months before the arrival of ESA’s spacecraft Rosetta at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) have successfully commissioned OSIRIS, the space probe’s […]

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Spitzer Views Star-Forming Region ON2

March 24, 2014

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This newly released image combines X-ray coverage from ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory with an infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to show the star-forming region ON2. Massive stars are born in tumultuous clouds of gas and dust. They lead a brief but intense life, blowing powerful winds of particles and radiation that strike their […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 5793

March 17, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 5793, which is located 150 million light-years away. This new Hubble image is centered on NGC 5793, a spiral galaxy over 150 million light-years away in the constellation of Libra. This galaxy has two particularly striking features: a beautiful dust lane and an intensely bright center […]

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Rainbow-Like Light Phenomenon Observed on Venus for the First Time

March 11, 2014

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Researchers have imaged a glory on Venus – a rainbow-like light phenomenon observed on cloud tops that helps to identify the components of the planet’s acidic cloud cover. When traveling above the clouds, airplane passengers sometimes witness a glorious moment: a light phenomenon similar to a ring-shaped rainbow. Droplets in the clouds back-scattering the sunlight […]

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Herschel Views Star Factory NGC 7538

March 4, 2014

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This new composite image shows NGC 7538, a stellar nursery for massive stars located roughly 9,000 light-years away. The billowing clouds portrayed in this image from ESA’s Herschel observatory are part of NGC 7538, a stellar nursery for massive stars. Located around 9,000 light-years away, this is one of the few regions of massive-star formation […]

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Astronomers Discover Four Galaxy Clusters 10 Billion Light Years Away

February 12, 2014

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By combining data from the Planck and Herschel satellites, astronomers have discovered four galaxy clusters some 10 billion light years from Earth. An international team of astronomers, led by Imperial College London, used a new way of combining data from the two European Space Agency satellites, Planck and Herschel, to identify more distant galaxy clusters […]

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New Hubble Image Resembles Modern Art

January 27, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image looks like something you would see at an art gallery, but the picture of brightly colored stellar streaks was most likely caused an error in the tracking system. A piece of art? A time-lapse photo? A flickering light show? At first glance, this image looks nothing like the images that […]

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Herschel Detects Water Vapor on Dwarf Planet Ceres

January 23, 2014

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Using the Herschel Space Observatory, researchers have definitively detected water vapor on the dwarf planet Ceres, marking the first time water vapor has been unequivocally detected on Ceres or any other object in the asteroid belt. Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and […]

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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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New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 83

January 16, 2014

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Released at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society, this new Hubble image shows the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. This new Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. One of the largest and closest barred spirals to us, this galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has hosted […]

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