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Planck sees tapestry of cold dust (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Giant filaments of cold dust stretching through our Galaxy are revealed in a new image from ESA's Planck satellite. Analysing these structures could help to determine the forces that shape ...

Mar 17, 2010
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Flaring Young Stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- The constellation of Vela (visible only from the southern hemisphere) contains a set of giant clouds of gas and dust known collectively as the Vela Molecular complex.

Jan 04, 2010
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Studying a Star Before it is Born

(PhysOrg.com) -- The first phase of a star's formation are thought to begin deep inside a natal cloud of gas and dust. In the earliest stages, material coalesces under the influence of gravity into so-called ...

Dec 04, 2009
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Spitzer Telescope Observes Baby Brown Dwarf

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has contributed to the discovery of the youngest brown dwarf ever observed -- a finding that, if confirmed, may solve an astronomical mystery about how these ...

Nov 23, 2009
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Herschel views deep-space pearls on a cosmic string

(PhysOrg.com) -- Herschel has delivered spectacular vistas of cold gas clouds lying near the plane of the Milky Way, revealing intense, unexpected activity. The dark, cool region is dotted with stellar factories, ...

Oct 02, 2009
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Massive Stars Near the Galactic Center

The Central Molecular Zone (CMZ) of our galaxy is a giant complex of molecular gas and dust situated in the innermost 700 light-years of the Milky Way. Although the galaxy is over 100,000 light-years in size, ...

Aug 28, 2009
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