News tagged with optical telescopes

Hinode's first light... and five more years

( -- On October 28, 2006, the Hinode solar mission was at last ready. The spacecraft launched on September 22, but such missions require a handful of diagnostics before the instruments can be turned on and collect ...

dateNov 02, 2011 in Space Exploration
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A cosmic exclamation point

( -- VV 340, also known as Arp 302, provides a textbook example of colliding galaxies seen in the early stages of their interaction. The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North and the face-on ...

dateAug 12, 2011 in Astronomy
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Two new brown dwarf Solar neighbors discovered

Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have discovered two new brown dwarfs at estimated distances of only 15 and 18 light years from the Sun. For comparison: The next star to the Sun, Proxima, ...

dateJul 15, 2011 in Astronomy
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The making of dust

( -- On the Earth, dust particles are everywhere - under beds, on bookshelves, even floating in the air. We take dust for granted. Dust is also common in space, and it is found for example in the cold, dark molecular ...

dateJul 06, 2011 in Astronomy
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Astronomers reveal a cosmic 'axis of evil'

( -- Astronomers are puzzled by the announcement that the masses of the largest objects in the Universe appear to depend on which method is used to weigh them. The new work was presented at a specialist discussion ...

dateJun 30, 2011 in Astronomy
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