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Dawn beams back asteroid science data

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Dawn spacecraft has completed a graceful spiral into the first of four planned science orbits during the spacecraft's yearlong visit to Vesta. The spacecraft started taking detailed observations ...

dateAug 12, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Sulfurous signs of life

Any sulfurous molecules that astronomers spot on alien worlds might be a way to reveal whether or not those distant planets host life, researchers suggest.

dateJun 30, 2011 in Astronomy
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Herschel lives up to the family name

The Herschel Space Observatory has been observing the sky at infrared wavelengths since shortly after its launch two years ago, on 14th May 2009. But the name Herschel has a much longer legacy than that. The ...

dateMay 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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Exploring space

(PhysOrg.com) -- One of the most powerful and ambitious astronomical satellites designed to provide the best view yet of the Universe at far-infrared and sub-millimeter wavelengths is living up to its illustrious ...

dateMay 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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Andromeda's coat of many colors (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- ESA's fleet of space telescopes has captured the nearby Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, in different wavelengths. Most of these wavelengths are invisible to the eye and each shows a different aspect ...

dateApr 27, 2011 in Astronomy
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The art of making stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- It might look like an abstract painting, but this splash of colors is in fact a busy star-forming complex called Rho Ophiuchi. NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer, or WISE, captured the picturesque ...

dateApr 04, 2011 in Astronomy
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Magnetic fields in interstellar clouds

(PhysOrg.com) -- Magnetic fields play an important role in the formation and evolution of stars, as they stretch around a hot medium like a rubber band and help to determine the flow of material onto or away ...

dateMar 25, 2011 in Astronomy
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Can WISE find the hypothetical 'Tyche'?

(PhysOrg.com) -- In November 2010, the scientific journal Icarus published a paper by astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire, who proposed the existence of a binary companion to our sun, larger than ...

dateFeb 22, 2011 in Astronomy
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Herschel finds less dark matter but more stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- ESA's Herschel space observatory has discovered a population of dust-enshrouded galaxies that do not need as much dark matter as previously thought to collect gas and burst into star formation.

dateFeb 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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Image: A nebula by any other name

(PhysOrg.com) -- Nebulae are enormous clouds of dust and gas occupying the space between the stars. Some have pretty names to match their good looks, for example the Rose nebula, while others have much more ...

dateFeb 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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