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Star birth in Cepheus

(Phys.org) —Watching starbirth isn't easy: tens of millions of years are needed to form a star like our Sun. Much like archeologists who reconstruct ancient cities from shards of debris strewn over time, ...

dateApr 01, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble sees J 900 masquerading as a double star

(Phys.org) —The object in this image is Jonckheere 900 or J 900, a planetary nebula—glowing shells of ionized gas pushed out by a dying star. Discovered in the early 1900s by astronomer Robert Jonckheere, ...

dateApr 01, 2013 in Astronomy
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What glows green in space?

While a quest for green beer in space would be difficult, we're happy to report there are other ways you can celebrate Saint Patrick's Day while looking at the night sky. Just check out the nebulae and aurorae ...

dateMar 18, 2013 in Astronomy
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Soccer balls in interstellar space

An international team of astronomers led by Masaaki Otsuka (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics or ASIAA) has detected the C60 fullerene (molecules of carbon with 60 atoms arranged in pattern ...

dateMar 15, 2013 in Astronomy
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Pan-STARRS finds a 'lost' supernova

(Phys.org) —The star Eta Carinae is ready to blow. 170 years ago, this 100-solar-mass object belched out several suns' worth of gas in an eruption that made it the second-brightest star after Sirius. That ...

dateMar 07, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble observes glowing, fiery shells of gas

(Phys.org) —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 ...

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

(Phys.org)—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 ...

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

(Phys.org)—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 ...

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 ...

dateFeb 13, 2013 in Astronomy
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WISE feels the heat from Orion's sword

(Phys.org)—The tangle of clouds and stars that lie in Orion's sword is showcased in a new, expansive view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

dateFeb 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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Are super-Earths actually mini-Neptunes?

(Phys.org)—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 ...

dateFeb 04, 2013 in Astronomy
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