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Hubble observes glowing, fiery shells of gas

( —It may look like something from "The Lord of the Rings," but this fiery swirl is actually a planetary nebula known as ESO 456-67. Set against a backdrop of bright stars, the rust-colored object lies in the constellation ...

dateMar 04, 2013 in Astronomy
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New Greek observatory sheds light on old star

(—Continuing a tradition stretching back more than 25 centuries, astronomers have used the new 2.3-m 'Aristarchos' telescope, sited at Helmos Observatory (2340m high) in the Pelοponnese Mountains in Greece, to ...

dateFeb 28, 2013 in Astronomy
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Sweeping the dust from a cosmic lobster

(—A new image from ESO's VISTA telescope captures a celestial landscape of glowing clouds of gas and tendrils of dust surrounding hot young stars. This infrared view reveals the stellar nursery known as NGC 6357 ...

dateFeb 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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'A drop of ink on the luminous sky'

This part of the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer) is one of the richest star fields in the whole sky—the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud. The huge number of stars that light up this region dramatically emphasise the ...

dateFeb 13, 2013 in Astronomy
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Are super-Earths actually mini-Neptunes?

(—In the last two decades astronomers have found hundreds of planets in orbit around other stars. One type of these so-called 'exoplanets' is the super-Earths that are thought to have a high proportion of rock ...

dateFeb 04, 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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