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Newly Released Herschel Image of Spiral Galaxy M33

July 28, 2014

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This newly released image from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory shows the Triangulum Galaxy, which is home to some forty billion stars and is located three million light-years away. The spiral galaxy M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is one of our closest cosmic neighbours, just three million light-years away. Home to some forty billion […]

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Herschel Discovers Evidence That Could Solve a Puzzling Meteorite Mystery

July 3, 2014

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Using the Herschel Space Observatory to probe the turbulent beginnings of a Sun-like star, astronomers have discovered evidence of mighty stellar winds that could solve a puzzling meteorite mystery. In spite of their tranquil appearance in the night sky, stars are scorching furnaces that spring to life through tumultuous processes – and our 4.5 billion-year-old […]

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Astronomers Discover Water-Building Molecule in Planetary Nebulas

June 18, 2014

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Using the Hubble Space Telescope and ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered a water-building molecule in three planetary nebulas. Using ESA’s Herschel Space Oobservatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars. When low- to middleweight stars like our Sun approach the end […]

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Astronomers View Pulsar Encased in Supernova Bubble

June 2, 2014

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This XMM-Newton image reveals a strongly magnetized, rotating neutron star and the remains of the explosion that generated it. Massive stars end their lives with a bang: exploding as spectacular supernovas, they release huge amounts of mass and energy into space. These explosions sweep up any surrounding material, creating bubble remnants that expand into interstellar […]

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ESA Probes the Mysterious Tumbling Death of Satellites

May 29, 2014

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ESA’s Clean Space initiative is seeking to transform our understanding of how large, dead objects behave in space and is exploring why derelict satellites can tumble in unpredictable ways. Down on the ground, death equals stillness – but not in space. Derelict satellites can tumble in unpredictable ways and ESA’s team tasked with developing a […]

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New Mosiac of the Moon’s South Pole

May 27, 2014

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This newly released mosaic shows a crater-riddled region at the lunar south pole of our Moon. The dark and shadowed regions of the Moon fascinate astronomers and Pink Floyd fans alike. Our Moon’s rotation axis has a tilt of 1.5º, meaning that some parts of its polar regions never see sunlight – the bottoms of […]

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ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft Witnesses the Awakening of the Mission’s Target Comet

May 20, 2014

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European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft witnesses the awakening of the mission’s target comet. The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, target of ESA’s Rosetta mission, has begun to develop a dust coma. This can be seen in a series of images taken by OSIRIS, the spacecraft’s scientific imaging system, between March 27th and May 4th. In the images from […]

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Planck Space Telescope Reveals the Magnetic Field Lines of the Milky Way

May 7, 2014

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A new fingerprint-like map from the Planck Space Telescope reveals the magnetic field lines of the Milky Way galaxy, allowing astronomers to study the structure of the magnetic field and better understand the process of star formation. Our Galaxy’s magnetic field is revealed in a new image from ESA’s Planck satellite. This image was compiled […]

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New Herschel Data Reveal Insight into the Internal Dynamics of Two Young Galaxies

April 30, 2014

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Researchers have discovered a young galaxy, called S0901, rotating in a calm manner typical of more developed galaxies like our own spiral Milky Way. New Herschel results have given us a remarkable insight into the internal dynamics of two young galaxies. Surprisingly, they have shown that just a few billion years after the Big Bang, […]

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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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