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The dreadful beauty of Medusa

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula. As the star at the heart of this nebula made its transition into retirement, it shed its outer layers ...

dateMay 20, 2015 in Astronomy
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Unlocking the secrets of star creation

On April 1, 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope (link is external), now celebrating its 25th anniversary, captured the famous images of the "Pillars of Creation" in the Eagle Nebula. Twenty years later to the day, the NIF Team ...

dateApr 30, 2015 in Astronomy
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Image: Thor's Helmet nebula in the X-ray spectrum

This brightly coloured scene shows a giant cloud of glowing gas and dust known as NGC 2359. This is also dubbed the Thor's Helmet nebula, due to the arching arms of gas stemming from the central bulge and curving towards ...

dateApr 20, 2015 in Astronomy
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ALMA disentangles complex birth of giant stars

A research group led by Aya Higuchi, a researcher at Ibaraki University, conducted observations of the massive-star forming region IRAS 16547-4247 with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The observation ...

dateApr 01, 2015 in Astronomy
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A grand extravaganza of new stars

This dramatic landscape in the southern constellation of Ara (The Altar) is a treasure trove of celestial objects. Star clusters, emission nebulae and active star-forming regions are just some of the riches observed in this ...

dateMar 11, 2015 in Astronomy
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Stars akin to the Sun also explode when they die

The birth of planetary nebulae, resulting from the death of low and intermediate mass stars, is usually thought of as a slow process, in contrast with the intense supernovae that massive stars produce. But a recent study ...

dateFeb 16, 2015 in Astronomy
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Stellar partnership doomed to end in catastrophe

Astronomers using ESO facilities in combination with telescopes in the Canary Islands have identified two surprisingly massive stars at the heart of the planetary nebula Henize 2-428. As they orbit each other the two stars ...

dateFeb 09, 2015 in Astronomy
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