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Image: A Galactic Spectacle

A beautiful new image of two colliding galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from ...

Aug 05, 2010
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Superhot Planet Likely Possesses Comet-like Tail

(PhysOrg.com) -- As if the debate over what is and what is not a planet hasn't gotten confusing enough, Hubble Space Telescope astronomers have now confirmed the existence of a tortured, baked object that ...

Jul 15, 2010
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Image: Starburst Cluster Shows Celestial Fireworks

(PhysOrg.com) -- Like a July 4 fireworks display, a young, glittering collection of stars looks like an aerial burst. The cluster is surrounded by clouds of interstellar gas and dust—the raw material for ...

Jul 06, 2010
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Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet

Hubble has snapped a spectacular view of the largest "player" in the Leo Triplet, a galaxy with an unusual anatomy: it displays asymmetric spiral arms and an apparently displaced core. The peculiar anatomy ...

Apr 08, 2010
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Exploring the Carina Nebula By Touch

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Hubble Space Telescope's dramatic glimpse of the Carina Nebula, a gigantic cloud of dust and gas bustling with star-making activity, is a glorious feast for the eyes. Energetic young stars ...

Mar 30, 2010
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Bully galaxy rules the neighborhood (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- In general, galaxies can be thought of as "social" — hanging out in groups and frequently interacting. However, this recent NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image highlights how some galaxies ...

Mar 04, 2010
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Forming the present-day spiral galaxies

(PhysOrg.com) -- Using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have created a demographic census of galaxy types and shapes from a time before the Earth and the sun existed, to the present ...

Feb 04, 2010
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Vampires and collisions rejuvenate stars

Stars in globular clusters are generally extremely old, with ages of 12-13 billion years. However, a small fraction of them appear to be significantly younger than the average population and, because they ...

Dec 23, 2009
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Sky merger yields sparkling dividends

(PhysOrg.com) -- Not surprisingly, interacting galaxies have a dramatic effect on each other. Studies have revealed that as galaxies approach one another massive amounts of gas are pulled from each galaxy ...

Oct 13, 2009
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Hubble captures rare Jupiter collision

For the past several days the world's largest telescopes have been trained on Jupiter. Not to miss the potentially new science in the unfolding drama 580 million kilometres away, Matt Mountain, director of ...

Jul 25, 2009
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