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'Elephant trunks' in space

( -- NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of a star-forming cloud of dust and gas, called Sh2-284, located in the constellation of Monoceros. Lining up along the edges of a ...

dateMar 07, 2011 in Astronomy
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Calcium carbonate and climate change

( -- What links sea urchins, limestone and climate change? The common thread is calcium carbonate, one of the most widespread minerals on Earth. UC Davis researchers have now measured the energy changes among ...

dateAug 30, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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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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Asteroid zips by Orion nebula

( —This image shows the potentially hazardous near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula. NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of the Wide-field Infrared Survey ...

dateAug 26, 2013 in Astronomy
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Double trouble (w/ Video)

Two solar eruptions expand side-by-side into space in this movie, playing out in front of the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO, on 1–2 July 2013.

dateJul 23, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Making stars in early galaxies

(—Ten billion years ago or so, at least according to the current picture, the youthful universe began to produce an abundance of new stars. The very first ones appeared in the young cosmos after only a few hundred ...

dateDec 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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Image: A supernova cocoon breakthrough

( -- Using observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers have obtained the first X-ray evidence of a supernova shock wave breaking through a cocoon of gas surrounding the star that exploded. This ...

dateJul 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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APEX turns its eye to dark clouds in Taurus

( -- A new image from the APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) telescope in Chile shows a sinuous filament of cosmic dust more than ten light-years long. In it, newborn stars are hidden, and dense clouds of gas ...

dateFeb 15, 2012 in Astronomy
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