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Black hole caught zapping galaxy into existence?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Which come first, the supermassive black holes that frantically devour matter or the enormous galaxies where they reside? A brand new scenario has emerged from a recent set of outstanding ...

Nov 30, 2009
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Watching a Cannibal Galaxy Dine

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new technique using near-infrared images, obtained with ESO’s 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope (NTT), allows astronomers to see through the opaque dust lanes of the giant cannibal galaxy ...

Nov 20, 2009
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Ticking stellar time bomb identified (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- "One of the major problems in modern astrophysics is the fact that we still do not know exactly what kinds of stellar system explode as a Type Ia supernova," says Patrick Woudt, from the University ...

Nov 17, 2009
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Exoplanets Clue to Sun's Curious Chemistry

(PhysOrg.com) -- A ground-breaking census of 500 stars, 70 of which are known to host planets, has successfully linked the long-standing "lithium mystery" observed in the Sun to the presence of planetary systems. ...

Nov 11, 2009
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Shedding Light on the Cosmic Skeleton

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have tracked down a gigantic, previously unknown assembly of galaxies located almost seven billion light-years away from us. The discovery, made possible by combining two of the ...

Nov 03, 2009
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Opening up a colorful cosmic jewel box

(PhysOrg.com) -- Star clusters are among the most visually alluring and astrophysically fascinating objects in the sky. One of the most spectacular nestles deep in the southern skies near the Southern Cross ...

Oct 29, 2009
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32 New Exoplanets Found (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Today, at an international ESO/CAUP exoplanet conference in Porto, the team who built the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, better known as HARPS, the spectrograph for ESO's 3.6-metre ...

Oct 19, 2009
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The Milky Way's tiny but tough galactic neighbor

In the new ESO image, Barnard's Galaxy glows beneath a sea of foreground stars in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius (the Archer). At the relatively close distance of about 1.6 million light-years, ...

Oct 14, 2009
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The trilogy is complete -- GigaGalaxy Zoom Phase 3

The newly released image extends across a field of view of more than one and a half square degree — an area eight times larger than that of the full Moon — and was obtained with the Wide Field Imager attached ...

Sep 28, 2009
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First Solid Evidence for a Rocky Exoplanet (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- The longest set of HARPS measurements ever made has firmly established the nature of the smallest and fastest-orbiting exoplanet known, CoRoT-7b, revealing its mass as five times that of Earth's. ...

Sep 16, 2009
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NGC 4945: The Milky Way's not-so-distant Cousin

(PhysOrg.com) -- ESO has released a striking new image of a nearby galaxy that many astronomers think closely resembles our own Milky Way. Though the galaxy is seen edge-on, observations of NGC 4945 suggest ...

Sep 02, 2009
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