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Source of zodiac glow identified

(PhysOrg.com) -- The eerie glow that straddles the night time zodiac in the eastern sky is no longer a mystery. First explained by Joshua Childrey in 1661 as sunlight scattered in our direction by dust particles ...

dateApr 15, 2010 in Space Exploration
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The trilogy is complete -- GigaGalaxy Zoom Phase 3

The newly released image extends across a field of view of more than one and a half square degree — an area eight times larger than that of the full Moon — and was obtained with the Wide Field Imager attached ...

dateSep 28, 2009 in Astronomy
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Colors of Quasars Reveal a Dusty Universe

(PhysOrg.com) -- The vast expanses of intergalactic space appear to be filled with a haze of tiny, smoke-like "dust" particles that dim the light from distant objects and subtly change their colors, according to a team of ...

dateFeb 26, 2009 in Astronomy
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A dust factory around a dead star

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of astronomers, led by Loretta Dunne from the University of Nottingham, have found some very unusual stardust. In a paper to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical ...

dateFeb 24, 2009 in Astronomy
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New instrument for NASA unmanned aircraft

Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have designed and built a new type of instrument for climate research that is capable of detecting and analysing microscopic airborne particles at altitudes twice ...

dateMar 11, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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10 facts about the Milky Way

The Milky Way Galaxy is an immense and very interesting place. Not only does it measure some 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter, it is home to planet Earth, the birthplace of humanity. Our Solar System ...

dateDec 04, 2014 in Space Exploration
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A close-up with a comet

Even as Tom Economou approached retirement age in 1994, he began planning an instrument for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to a comet. He still remembers the reaction of Riccardo Levi-Setti, ...

dateNov 11, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Rosetta: The dark side of the comet

(Phys.org) —Rosetta's scientific imaging system OSIRIS has caught a glimpse of the southern side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. During the past months, this side has continuously faced away from the ...

dateNov 06, 2014 in Space Exploration
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