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Image: Where's Gaia?

( —Disguised in a crowded field of stars, the tiny white dot highlighted in these two images is none other than ESA's Gaia satellite as seen with the Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope at the European Southern ...

dateFeb 18, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Super dry day at ESO Paranal

On 5 July 2012, a plume of Antarctic air descended over the European Southern Observatory's Paranal site in Chile. The home of the Very Large Telescope, Paranal is 2635 m above sea level and is almost always one of the best ...

dateFeb 03, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Rosetta's comet

( —ESA's Rosetta spacecraft woke up 20 January, after 31 months in deep space hibernation, to catch up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

dateJan 21, 2014 in Space Exploration
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SMA reveals giant star cluster in the making

W49A might be one of the best-kept secrets in our galaxy. This star-forming region shines 100 times brighter than the Orion nebula, but is so obscured by dust that very little visible or infrared light escapes.

dateDec 16, 2013 in Astronomy
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Dwarf galaxy caught ramming into a large spiral

Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed a massive cloud of multimillion-degree gas in a galaxy about 60 million light years from Earth. The hot gas cloud is likely caused by a collision between a ...

dateAug 14, 2013 in Astronomy
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Under leaden skies: Where heavy metal clouds the stars

( —In a paper shortly to be published in the Oxford University Press journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a team of astronomers from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland report the discovery ...

dateAug 01, 2013 in Astronomy
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