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The star factory: observing Arp 220

Using the Herschel Space Observatory, Wilson's group has found Arp 220 to have large amounts of very warm molecular hydrogen gas, a surprising find that implies molecular hydrogen is the dominant coolant in the high-temperature ...

dateFeb 18, 2012 in Astronomy
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A cosmic holiday ornament, Hubble-style

(—'Tis the season for holiday decorating and tree-trimming. Not to be left out, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have photographed a festive-looking nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189. The intricate ...

dateDec 18, 2012 in Astronomy
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Spitzer discovers young stars with a 'hula hoop'

( —Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a young stellar system that "blinks" every 93 days. Called YLW 16A, the system likely consists of three developing stars, two of which are surrounded ...

dateJul 31, 2013 in Astronomy
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New molecules around old stars

( —Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars.

dateJun 17, 2014 in Astronomy
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Hubble sees a planetary nebula in the making

(—The Universe is filled with mysterious objects. Many of them are as strange as they are beautiful. Among these, planetary nebulae are probably one of the most fascinating objects to behold in the night sky. No ...

dateOct 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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Into the eye of the helix

( -- The Helix Nebula, NGC 7293, lies about 700 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius (the Water Bearer). It is one of the closest and most spectacular examples of a planetary nebula.

dateFeb 25, 2009 in Astronomy
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