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Amateur Astronomers Combine Data to Reveal New Images of Galaxies

April 23, 2014

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Amateur astronomers and astrophotographers have combined their optical data with the data from some of the world’s most sophisticated space telescopes to reveal new images of galaxies M101, M81, Centaurus A, and M51. Long before the term “citizen science” was coined, the field of astronomy has benefited from countless men and women who study the […]

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster Messier 5

April 21, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster Messier 5, which is located 24,500 light-years away. This sparkling jumble is Messier 5 — a globular cluster consisting of hundreds of thousands of stars bound together by their collective gravity. But Messier 5 is no normal globular cluster. At 13 billion years old it is incredibly […]

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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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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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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 3455

April 14, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 3455. Shown here is a spiral galaxy known as NGC 3455, which lies some 65 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). Galaxies are classified into different types according to their structure and appearance. This classification system is known as the […]

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Supernova Remnant G352.7-0.1 Displays Several Unusual Properties

April 11, 2014

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Astronomers have discovered that supernova remnant G352.7-0.1 is sweeping up a remarkable amount of material as it expands, an amount equivalent to about 45 times the mass of the Sun. Supernovas are the spectacular ends to the lives of many massive stars. These explosions, which occur on average twice a century in the Milky Way, […]

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Cassini Views the Lakes of Saturn’s Moon Titan

April 10, 2014

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Using a spectral filter, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft views the lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan. The Cassini spacecraft peers down through layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan’s northern regions. Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth’s, but instead of water, Titan’s lakes and seas are filled […]

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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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Curiosity Image Captures Mysterious Bright Spot

April 9, 2014

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A newly released Curiosity image shows a bright spot on the surface of Mars, which was possibly caused by the sun glinting off a rock or cosmic rays striking the camera’s detector. Images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on April 2 and April 3 include bright spots, which might be due to the sun […]

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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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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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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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