News tagged with infrared observations

SOFIA pinpoints water vapor in young star

A team of scientists using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has pinpointed the amount and location of water vapor around a newly forming star with groundbreaking precision.                                        

dateJun 09, 2016 in Astronomy
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Shocks in the Cygnus Loop supernovae remnant

( —Supernova remnants (SNRs) play a vital role in the lifecycle of dust in the interstellar medium. As shockwaves from supernovae sweep up interstellar material, they heat the gas and dust, and destroy a significant ...

dateJun 27, 2014 in Astronomy
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Dusty surprise around giant black hole

( —ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer has gathered the most detailed observations ever of the dust around the huge black hole at the centre of an active galaxy. Rather than finding all of the dust in a doughnut-shaped ...

dateJun 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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Galaxies the way they were

( —Galaxies today come very roughly in two types: reddish, elliptically shaped collections of older stars, and bluer, spiral shaped objects dominated by young stars. The conventional wisdom is that the two types ...

dateApr 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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Star birth in Cepheus

( —Watching starbirth isn't easy: tens of millions of years are needed to form a star like our Sun. Much like archeologists who reconstruct ancient cities from shards of debris strewn over time, astronomers must ...

dateApr 01, 2013 in Astronomy
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