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The 'Serpent' star-forming cloud hatches new stars

( —Stars that are just beginning to coalesce out of cool swaths of dust and gas are showcased in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). Infrared light has been ...

dateMay 30, 2014 in Astronomy
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ESO image: A study in scarlet

This new image from ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile reveals a cloud of hydrogen called Gum 41. In the middle of this little-known nebula, brilliant hot young stars are giving off energetic radiation that causes the surrounding ...

dateApr 16, 2014 in Astronomy
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Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured this eye-catching image of planetary nebula PN A66 33—usually known as Abell 33. Created when an aging star blew off its outer layers, this beautiful blue ...

dateApr 09, 2014 in Astronomy
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Sakurai's Object: Stellar evolution in real time

( —Stellar lifetimes are measured in billions of years, so changes in their appearance rarely take place on a human timescale. Thus an opportunity to observe a star passing from one stage of life to another on ...

dateApr 02, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: Hubble nets an interstellar butterfly

( —The "butterfly effect" says the flap of a butterfly's wings may lead to a developing hurricane on the other side of the world. But what happens when a butterfly flaps its wings in the depths of space?

dateMar 21, 2014 in Astronomy
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Astronomers find solar storms behave like supernovae

( —Researchers at UCL have studied the behaviour of the Sun's coronal mass ejections, explaining for the first time the details of how these huge eruptions behave as they fall back onto the Sun's surface. In the ...

dateFeb 20, 2014 in Astronomy
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How stellar death can lead to twin celestial jets

( —Astronomers know that while large stars can end their lives as violently cataclysmic supernovae, smaller stars end up as planetary nebulae – colorful, glowing clouds of dust and gas. In recent decades these ...

dateFeb 12, 2014 in Astronomy
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