News tagged with interstellar medium

All about dust

(Phys.org)—The space between stars is not empty—it contains copious amounts of gas and dust. Astronomers estimate that about 5-10% of the total mass of our Milky Way galaxy is contained in the interstellar ...

Aug 28, 2012
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An atlas of the Milky Way

Sino-German research group draws a new map at the Urumqi radio telescope and discovers two supernova remnants.

Aug 30, 2011
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NASA scientists on the trail of mystery molecules

(PhysOrg.com) -- Space scientists working to solve one cosmic mystery at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., now have the capability to better understand unidentified matter in deep space. Using a new facility ...

May 25, 2011
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Water vapor in space

(PhysOrg.com) -- Water is a critical molecule for human life, and, because it is abundant in the interstellar medium, it also plays an important role in the life of molecular clouds and the stars and planets ...

Feb 04, 2011
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Binary planetesimals

(PhysOrg.com) -- In fewer than ten million years, the material in the disk around a young star will either be accreted on to its star, dispersed into the interstellar medium, or converted into planets or smaller ...

Jan 28, 2011
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Building a new planet

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers over the past decade have made remarkable progress in the study of extrasolar planets; over 500 distant worlds are now confirmed. Meanwhile, as this active research community continues ...

Jan 04, 2011
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Hubble spots a celestial bauble (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- The delicate shell, photographed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, appears to float serenely in the depths of space, but this apparent calm hides an inner turmoil. The gaseous envelope ...

Dec 14, 2010
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