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Most distant gravitational lens helps weigh galaxies

An international team of astronomers has found the most distant gravitational lens yet—a galaxy that, as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, deflects and intensifies the light of an even more distant ...

dateOct 17, 2013 in Astronomy
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Soft shells and strange star clusters

The beautiful, petal-like shells of galaxy PGC 6240 are captured here in intricate detail by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, set against a sky full of distant background galaxies. This cosmic bloom is of great interest ...

dateOct 10, 2013 in Astronomy
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Bizarre alignment of planetary nebulae

Astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's New Technology Telescope to explore more than 100 planetary nebulae in the central bulge of our galaxy. They have found that butterfly-shaped members of ...

dateSep 04, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble finds source of Magellanic Stream

(Phys.org) —Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have solved the 40-year-old mystery of the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around the Milky Way. New Hubble ...

dateAug 08, 2013 in Astronomy
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True colour of exoplanet measured for the first time

(Phys.org) —Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have, for the first time, determined the true colour of a planet orbiting another star. If seen up close this planet, known as HD 189733b, would be a deep ...

dateJul 11, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble spots galaxies in close encounter

(Phys.org) —The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced this vivid image of a pair of interacting galaxies known as Arp 142. When two galaxies stray too close to each other they begin to interact, causing spectacular ...

dateJun 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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