News tagged with space observatory

Image: Giant filament seen on the sun

A dark, snaking line across the lower half of the sun in this Feb. 10, 2015 image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows a filament of solar material hovering above the sun's surface. SDO shows colder material ...

dateFeb 12, 2015 in Space Exploration
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A cool discovery about the Sun's next-door twin

(—ESA's Herschel space observatory has detected a cool layer in the atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A, the first time this has been seen in a star beyond our own Sun. The finding is not only important for understanding ...

dateFeb 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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A rare snapshot of a planetary construction site

( —Planets are formed in disks of gas and dust around nascent stars. Now, combined observations with the compound telescope ALMA and the Herschel Space Observatory have produced a rare view of a planetary construction ...

dateOct 24, 2013 in Astronomy
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Herschel intercepts asteroid Apophis

(—ESA's Herschel space observatory made new observations of asteroid Apophis as it approached Earth this weekend. The data shows the asteroid to be bigger than first estimated, and less reflective.

dateJan 09, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Black hole fireworks in nearby galaxy

( —Celebrants this Fourth of July will enjoy the dazzling lights and booming shock waves from the explosions of fireworks. A similarly styled event is taking place in the galaxy Messier 106, as seen by NASA's Spitzer ...

dateJul 03, 2014 in Astronomy
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NASA missions monitor a waking black hole

NASA's Swift satellite detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from the constellation Cygnus on June 15, just before 2:32 p.m. EDT. About 10 minutes later, the Japanese experiment on the International Space Station called ...

dateJun 30, 2015 in Astronomy
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Spitzer finds galaxy with split personality

( -- While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both. The galaxy, which is a round ...

dateApr 25, 2012 in Astronomy
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Herschel observes Andromeda's past and future stars

Recently, the infrared Herschel Space Observatory, has taken a series of beautiful high-resolution infrared images of Andromeda. It is the first time we can see M31, at these wavelengths, at such a high resolution. The quality ...

dateDec 01, 2014 in Astronomy
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