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What did Galileo actually do?

(PhysOrg.com) -- What convinced Galileo 400 years ago that the Earth orbits the Sun and not vice-versa? How did one man make such a startling discovery, armed with just a 2 inch lens telescope?

dateFeb 19, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Galaxy encounter fires up quasar

(PhysOrg.com) -- Using two of the world’s largest telescopes, an international team of astronomers have found evidence of a collision between galaxies driving intense activity in a highly luminous quasar. ...

dateJun 24, 2010 in Astronomy
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New theory of evolution for spiral galaxy arms

(PhysOrg.com) -- A study of spiral patterns found in galaxies like our Milky Way could overturn the theory of how the spiral arm features form and evolve. The results are being presented by postgraduate student, ...

dateApr 21, 2011 in Astronomy
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The shocking environment of hot Jupiters

(PhysOrg.com) -- Jupiter-like worlds around other stars push shock waves ahead of them, according to a team of UK astronomers. Just as the Earth's magnetic "bow-shock" protects us from the high-energy solar ...

dateApr 19, 2011 in Astronomy
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Pillars of Creation formed in the shadows

Research by astronomers at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies suggests that shadows hold the key to how giant star-forming structures like the famous "Pillars of Creation" take shape.

dateApr 23, 2009 in Astronomy
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3D map shows dusty structure of the Milky Way

(Phys.org) —A team of international astronomers has created a detailed three-dimensional map of the dusty structure of the Milky Way – the star-studded bright disc of our own galaxy – as seen from Earth's ...

dateJun 23, 2014 in Astronomy
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