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Mysterious molecules in space

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of ancient stars and ejected into space when those stars exploded, these lonely ...

dateJul 29, 2014 in Astronomy
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Sun sends more 'tsunami waves' to Voyager 1

( —NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced a new "tsunami wave" from the sun as it sails through interstellar space. Such waves are what led scientists to the conclusion, in the fall of 2013, that Voyager had ...

dateJul 08, 2014 in Space Exploration
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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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Organic conundrum in Large Magellanic Cloud

( —A group of organic chemicals that are considered carcinogens and pollutants today on Earth, but are also thought to be the building blocks for the origins of life, may hold clues to how carbon-rich chemicals ...

dateJun 23, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Pulsar encased in a supernova bubble

( —Massive stars end their lives with a bang: exploding as spectacular supernovas, they release huge amounts of mass and energy into space. These explosions sweep up any surrounding material, creating bubble remnants ...

dateJun 02, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Glowing jewels in the galactic plane

The majority of the stars in our Galaxy, the Milky Way, reside in a single huge disc, known as the Galactic Plane, spanning 100 000 light-years across. The Sun also resides in this crowded stellar hub, lying roughly halfway ...

dateApr 29, 2014 in Astronomy
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