News tagged with infrared observations

Hubble finds appearances can be deceptive

(—Globular clusters are roughly spherical collections of extremely old stars, and around 150 of them are scattered around our galaxy. Hubble is one of the best telescopes for studying these, as its extremely high ...

dateJan 28, 2013 in Astronomy
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WISE mission sees skies ablaze with blazars

( -- Astronomers are actively hunting a class of supermassive black holes throughout the universe called blazars thanks to data collected by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The mission has revealed ...

dateApr 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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Space Image: When galaxies collide

( -- This interacting pair of galaxies is included in Arp's catalog of peculiar galaxies as number 148. Arp 148 is the staggering aftermath of an encounter between two galaxies, resulting in a ring-shaped galaxy ...

dateOct 21, 2011 in Astronomy
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Making a spectacle of star formation in Orion

( -- Looking like a pair of eyeglasses only a rock star would wear, this nebula brings into focus a murky region of star formation. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope exposes the depths of this dusty nebula with its ...

dateJun 30, 2011 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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ALMA turns its eyes to Centaurus A

( -- A new image of the galaxy Centaurus A, made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), shows how the observatory allows astronomers to see through the opaque dust lanes that obscure the galaxy's ...

dateMay 31, 2012 in Astronomy
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Infant galaxies -- small and hyperactive

Galaxies, including our own Milky Way, consist of hundreds of billions of stars. How did such gigantic galactic systems come into being? Did a central region with stars first form then with time grow? Or did the stars form ...

dateFeb 05, 2009 in Astronomy
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