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A cannibalistic galaxy with a powerful heart

Observations by the two of the European Space Agency's space observatories have provided a multi-wavelength view of the mysterious galaxy Centaurus A. The new images, from the Herschel Space Observatory and ...

dateApr 04, 2012 in Astronomy
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Giant galaxy Messier 87 finally sized up

The new observations reveal that Messier 87's halo of stars has been cut short, with a diameter of about a million light-years, significantly smaller than expected, despite being about three times the extent ...

dateMay 20, 2009 in Astronomy
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Fermi maps an active galaxy's 'smokestack plumes'

If our eyes could see radio waves, the nearby galaxy Centaurus A (Cen A) would be one of the biggest and brightest objects in the sky, nearly 20 times the apparent size of a full moon. What we can't see when ...

dateApr 01, 2010 in Astronomy
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Building galaxies

(PhysOrg.com) -- Galaxies frequently collide with one another. Our own Milky Way galaxy, for example, and its nearest giant neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are heading towards each other at a rate of about ...

dateJul 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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Pan-STARRS finds a 'lost' supernova

(Phys.org) —The star Eta Carinae is ready to blow. 170 years ago, this 100-solar-mass object belched out several suns' worth of gas in an eruption that made it the second-brightest star after Sirius. That ...

dateMar 07, 2013 in Astronomy
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Stars forced to relocate near the Southern Fish

About 100 million light-years away, in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus (the Southern Fish), three galaxies are playing a game of gravitational give-and-take that might ultimately lead to their merger ...

dateMar 03, 2009 in Astronomy
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Hubble spots a colorful lenticular galaxy

(Phys.org)—The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a beautiful galaxy that, with its reddish and yellow central area, looks rather like an explosion from a Hollywood movie. The galaxy, called NGC ...

dateNov 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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Witnessing the early growth of a giant

Astronomers have uncovered for the first time the earliest stages of a massive galaxy forming in the young Universe. The discovery was made possible through combining observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble ...

dateAug 27, 2014 in Astronomy
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Public maps out an A to Z of galaxies

Volunteers participating in the Galaxy Zoo project have been helping scientists gain new insights by classifying galaxies seen in hundreds of thousands of telescope images as spiral or elliptical. Along the ...

dateSep 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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