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Astronomers measure nearby Universe's 'cosmic fog'

Researchers from the Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet (CNRS/École Polytechnique) have carried out the first measurement of the intensity of the diffuse extragalactic background light in the nearby Universe, a fog of photons ...

dateJan 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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A hidden treasure in the Large Magellanic Cloud

(—Nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. Vast clouds of gas within it slowly collapse ...

dateJan 17, 2013 in Astronomy
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An image gallery gift from Swift satellite

(—Of the three telescopes carried by NASA's Swift satellite, only one captures cosmic light at energies similar to those seen by the human eye. Although small by the standards of ground-based observatories, Swift's ...

dateDec 28, 2012 in Astronomy
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How white dwarfs mimic black holes

(—A remarkable observation by astronomers from the University of Southampton has been published in one of the world's foremost astrophysics research journals.

dateDec 17, 2012 in Astronomy
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Hidden black hole: Spiral galaxy NGC 3627

(—The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image includes X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope ...

dateDec 14, 2012 in Astronomy
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Little telescope spies gigantic galaxy clusters

(—Our solar system, with its colorful collection of planets, asteroids and comets, is a fleck in the grander cosmos. Hundreds of billions of solar systems are thought to reside in our Milky Way galaxy, which is ...

dateDec 06, 2012 in Astronomy
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Survey unveils the history of galaxies

(—A revolutionary survey of nearby galaxies will allow scientists to map their different properties – opening the way for new understanding of the origins of life and the growth of the Milky Way.

dateNov 29, 2012 in Astronomy
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Hubble eyes a loose spiral galaxy

(—The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the spiral galaxy ESO 499-G37, seen here against a backdrop of distant galaxies, scattered with nearby stars.

dateNov 26, 2012 in Astronomy
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Fine-tuning galaxies with Herschel and Spitzer

(—Galaxies come in all shapes and sizes: from those with compact fuzzy bulges or central bars to galaxies with winding spiral arms. Astronomer Edwin Hubble classified these different breeds of galaxies by means ...

dateNov 19, 2012 in Astronomy
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