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Reflected glory

(PhysOrg.com) -- The nebula Messier 78 takes centre stage in this image taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, while the stars powering the ...

dateFeb 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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A picture-perfect pure-disc galaxy (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- The bright galaxy NGC 3621, captured here using the Wide Field Imager on the 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, appears to be a fine example of a classical spiral. ...

dateFeb 02, 2011 in Astronomy
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The Orion nebula: Still full of surprises

(PhysOrg.com) -- This ethereal-looking image of the Orion Nebula was captured using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile. This nebula is much more than ...

dateJan 19, 2011 in Astronomy
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VISTA stares deeply into the blue lagoon

This new infrared image of the Lagoon Nebula was captured as part of a five-year study of the Milky Way using ESO's VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. This is a small piece of a much larger ...

dateJan 05, 2011 in Astronomy
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Light dawns on dark gamma-ray bursts (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Gamma-ray bursts are among the most energetic events in the Universe, but some appear curiously faint in visible light. The biggest study to date of these so-called dark gamma-ray bursts, ...

dateDec 16, 2010 in Astronomy
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A swarm of ancient stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- We know of about 150 of the rich collections of old stars called globular clusters that orbit our galaxy, the Milky Way. This sharp new image of Messier 107, captured by the Wide Field Imager ...

dateDec 08, 2010 in Astronomy
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Pulsating star mystery solved

(PhysOrg.com) -- By discovering the first double star where a pulsating Cepheid variable and another star pass in front of one another, an international team of astronomers has solved a decades-old mystery. ...

dateNov 24, 2010 in Astronomy
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Spiral galaxies stripped bare

Six spectacular spiral galaxies are seen in a clear new light in images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The pictures were taken in infrared light, using the ...

dateOct 27, 2010 in Astronomy
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Growing galaxies gently

The first galaxies formed before the Universe was less than one billion years old and were much smaller than the giant systems -- including the Milky Way -- that we see today. So somehow the average galaxy ...

dateOct 13, 2010 in Astronomy
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An elegant galaxy in an unusual light (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new image taken with the powerful HAWK-I camera on ESO's Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile shows the beautiful barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 in infrared light. NGC 1365 ...

dateSep 22, 2010 in Astronomy
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