News tagged with space observatory

Stars reveal the secrets of looking young

Some people are in great shape at the age of 90, while others are decrepit before they're 50. We know that how fast people age is only loosely linked to how old they actually are—and may have more to do ...

dateDec 19, 2012 in Astronomy
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Explosive origins for cosmic dust

(Phys.org)—The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory has produced an intricate view of the remains of a star that died in a stellar explosion a millennium ago. This new view provides further ...

dateDec 18, 2012 in Astronomy
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Asteroid Toutatis tumbles by Earth

While Asteroid 4179 Toutatis was never a threat to hit Earth during its quite-distant pass on Dec. 11-12, astronomers were keeping their instruments and eyes on this space rock to learn more about it, as ...

dateDec 13, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?

(Phys.org)—Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered vast comet belts surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host only Earth-to-Neptune-mass worlds. The comet reservoirs ...

dateNov 27, 2012 in Astronomy
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NASA spacecraft observe a Thanksgiving CME

(Phys.org)—On Nov. 21, 2012, at 11:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from the Solar Terrestrial Relations ...

dateNov 23, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Sun releases slow moving CME

On Nov. 9, 2012, at 10:24 a.m. EST, the sun emitted an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME). A CME is a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space and can reach Earth ...

dateNov 12, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Stars ancient and modern?

(Phys.org)—This colourful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362 was captured by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. This new picture, ...

dateOct 31, 2012 in Astronomy
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Mission: To discover exoplanets

This small satellite of primarily Swiss design was chosen above twenty-five other projects. Named CHEOPS for "CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite," the selection of this device was just announced by the European ...

dateOct 25, 2012 in Astronomy
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