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Blazars

(PhysOrg.com) -- A blazar is a galaxy which, like a quasar, has an intensely bright central nucleus containing a supermassive black hole. In a blazar, however, the emitted light sometimes includes extremely high energy gamma ...

dateSep 06, 2011 in Astronomy
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Two new brown dwarf Solar neighbors discovered

Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have discovered two new brown dwarfs at estimated distances of only 15 and 18 light years from the Sun. For comparison: The next star to the Sun, Proxima, ...

dateJul 15, 2011 in Astronomy
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Comet Hartley 2 leaves a bumpy trail

New findings from NEOWISE, the asteroid- and comet-hunting portion of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, show that comet Hartley 2 leaves a pebbly trail as it laps the sun, dotted with grains as big as golf ...

dateJul 15, 2011 in Space Exploration
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A night with the stars…in a conference room

(PhysOrg.com) -- Ancient astronomers looked up at the dark skies in wonder, as the stars marched by overhead like precision dancers. In the early 17th century, Galileo Galilei brought the world one step closer to the heavens ...

dateJun 01, 2011 in Astronomy
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WISE mission offers a taste of galaxies to come

(PhysOrg.com) -- An assorted mix of colorful galaxies is being released today by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, or WISE. The nine galaxies are a taste of what's to come. The mission plans to release similar ...

dateMay 25, 2011 in Astronomy
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Celestial fireworks from dying stars (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- This image of the nebula NGC 3582, which was captured at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows giant loops of gas bearing a striking resemblance to solar prominences. These loops are thought to have ...

dateApr 13, 2011 in Astronomy
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Speed demon creates a shock

(PhysOrg.com) -- Just as some drivers obey the speed limit while others treat every road as if it were the Autobahn, some stars move through space faster than others. NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured ...

dateMar 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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