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Image: Nebula with spiral arms

The two spiral arms winding towards the bright centre might deceive you into thinking you are looking at a galaxy a bit like our Milky Way. But the object starring in this image is of a different nature: PK 329-02.2 is a ...

dateOct 10, 2016 in Astronomy
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Hubble peers into the center of a spiral

This Hubble image shows the central region of a spiral galaxy known as NGC 247. NGC 247 is a relatively small spiral galaxy in the southern constellation of Cetus (The Whale). Lying at a distance of around 11 million light-years ...

dateOct 10, 2016 in Astronomy
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World's biggest radio ear

It's now the biggest single-dish radio telescope on Earth. Settled down in the bumpy karst of China's Guizhou province, about 1200 miles southwest of Beijing, this newest instrument for studying the heavens is very similar ...

dateOct 07, 2016 in Astronomy
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What is galactic evolution?

On a clear night, you can make out the band of the Milky Way in the night sky. For millennia, astronomers looked upon it in awe, slowly coming to the realization that our Sun was merely one of billions of stars in the galaxy. ...

dateOct 07, 2016 in Astronomy
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Hubble detects giant 'cannonballs' shooting from star

Great balls of fire! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of gas, each twice as massive as the planet Mars, being ejected near a dying star. The plasma balls are zooming so fast through space it would ...

dateOct 06, 2016 in Astronomy
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Astronomy is a big star of Ada Lovelace Day

100 years ago the first women became Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society. To mark this anniversary, the RAS is a platinum sponsor of Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) on 11 October, which celebrates the achievements of women in ...

dateOct 06, 2016 in Astronomy
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