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Space Image: Ring of fire

(PhysOrg.com) -- This composite image shows the central region of the spiral galaxy NGC 4151. X-rays (blue) from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are combined with optical data (yellow) showing positively charged ...

Dec 28, 2011 4.9 / 5 (7) 2 | with audio podcast

2012: Shadow of the Dark Rift

(PhysOrg.com) -- One of the most bizarre theories about 2012 has built up with very little attention to facts. This idea holds that a cosmic alignment of the sun, Earth, the center of our galaxy -- or perhaps ...

Dec 22, 2011 4.7 / 5 (15) 32 | with audio podcast

A galaxy cluster gets sloshed

(PhysOrg.com) -- Like wine in a glass, vast clouds of hot gas are sloshing back and forth in Abell 2052, a galaxy cluster located about 480 million light years from Earth. X-ray data (blue) from NASA's Chandra ...

Dec 14, 2011 4.5 / 5 (4) 2 | with audio podcast

Star explosion leaves behind a rose

(PhysOrg.com) -- About 3,700 years ago, people on Earth would have seen a brand-new bright star in the sky. It slowly dimmed out of sight and was eventually forgotten, until modern astronomers later found ...

Dec 12, 2011 4.4 / 5 (5) 0 | with audio podcast