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The Interaction Between Interstellar Dust and Our Galaxy’s Magnetic Field

December 16, 2014

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Image of the Magnetic Field Along the Galactic Plane

Using data from the Planck collaboration, this newly released image portrays the interaction between interstellar dust in the Milky Way and the structure of our Galaxy’s magnetic field. While the pastel tones and fine texture of this image may bring to mind brush strokes on an artist’s canvas, they are in fact a visualization of […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Dwarf Galaxy Markarian 209

December 15, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy Markarian 209

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy Markarian 209. This sprinkle of cosmic glitter is a blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209. Galaxies of this type are blue-hued, compact in size, gas-rich, and low in heavy elements. They are often used by astronomers to study star formation, as their conditions are similar […]

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Chandra Views Ultraluminous X-Ray Sources

December 11, 2014

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New Chandra Image of NGC 2207 and IC 2163

This new Chandra image shows NGC 2207 and IC 2163, which have hosted three supernova explosions in the past 15 years and have produced one of the most bountiful collections of super bright X-ray lights known. At this time of year, there are lots of gatherings often decorated with festive lights. When galaxies get together, […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: All that Glitters

December 8, 2014

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Hubble Views Messier 92

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster Messier 92, which is one of the oldest star clusters in the Milky Way. This striking new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a glittering bauble named Messier 92. Located in the northern constellation of Hercules, this globular cluster — a ball of stars that orbits a […]

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New Observations Confirm Variability of Young Stellar Objects

December 5, 2014

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Rho Ophiuchi

Using the Spitzer Space Telescope to monitor the variability of light from 882 previously identified young stellar objects, astronomers confirm that probably all YSOs are variable at infrared wavelengths to some degree, and moreover that the younger, more deeply embedded stars often have longer and larger intensity variations, consistent with the current disk evolution picture. […]

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ESO Image of the Week – Surprise within a Cloud

December 4, 2014

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ESO Image of the Week

This newly released ESO image of the week was made using the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy. This image shows a region of the Milky Way that lies within the constellation of Scorpius, close to the central plane of the galaxy. The region hosts a dense cloud of dust and gas associated with […]

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Keck Interferometer Reveals Sun-Like Stars Not All That Dusty

December 3, 2014

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Stardust Not Likely to Block Planet Images

Using the Keck Interferometer, new research shows that mature, sun-like stars appear to be, on average, not all that dusty. This is good news for future space missions wanting to take detailed pictures of planets like Earth and seek out possible signs of life. Planet hunters received some good news recently. A new study concluded […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – LINER Galaxy NGC 4102

December 1, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Week NGC 4102

This newly released Hubble image shows LINER galaxy NGC 4102, which is located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observes some of the most beautiful galaxies in our skies — spirals sparkling with bright stellar nurseries, violent duos ripping gas and stars away from one another as they tangle […]

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Star Cluster NGC 3532 – A Colorful Gathering of Middle-Aged Stars

November 26, 2014

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New ESO Image of Star Cluster NGC 3532

This new ESO image shows bright star cluster NGC 3532, which is located roughly 1,300 light-years away. NGC 3532 is a bright open cluster located some 1,300 light-years away in the constellation of Carina (The Keel of the ship Argo). It is informally known as the Wishing Well Cluster, as it resembles scattered silver coins […]

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Hubble Views a Slashing Smudge Across the Sky

November 24, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy UGC 1281

This newly released Hubble images shows dwarf galaxy UGC 1281 and galaxy PGC 6700. The galaxy cutting dramatically across the frame of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a slightly warped dwarf galaxy known as UGC 1281. Seen here from an edge-on perspective, this galaxy lies roughly 18 million light-years away in the constellation […]

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Martian Rock Provides Clues to Wet History

November 19, 2014

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Textures in Rock Provide Evidence about Wet Environmental Conditions on Ancient Mars

This close-up image of a Martian rock has provided scientists with evidence about wet environmental conditions in the ancient past on Mars. This close-up view of a target rock called “Last Chance” was acquired by the microscopic imager on the arm of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on March 3, 2004, during the 39th Martian […]

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Cassini Views Saturn’s Uppermost Cloud Layers

November 18, 2014

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Cassini Views Saturn's Clouds

This newly released image of Saturn’s uppermost cloud layers was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on August 23, 2014. Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn’s surface is really just the tops of its […]

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Hubble Views Jets, Bubbles, and Bursts of Light in Taurus

November 17, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Multiple Star System XZ Tauri

This new Hubble Space Telescope image shows multiple star system XZ Tauri, HL Tauri, V1213 Tauri, and Herbig-Haro objects HH 150 and HH 30. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a striking view of a multiple star system called XZ Tauri, its neighbor HL Tauri, and several nearby young stellar objects. XZ Tauri is […]

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A Spiral in a Furnace – Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 986

November 17, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 986

This newly released Hubble image shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 986, which is located about 56 million light-years away. This new Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop. This close-up view of the galaxy was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera […]

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Hubble Views Galaxy Cluster Abell 1413

November 10, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Galaxy Cluster Abell 1413

This newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows the super-rich galaxy cluster Abell 1413. Located between the constellations of Leo (The Lion) and Coma Berenices, the galaxy cluster Abell 1413 is over 2 billion light-years from Earth. This image is dominated by a large and highly elliptical galaxy called MCG+04-28-097, with a halo of stars […]

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