News tagged with space observatory

Spitzer discovers young stars with a 'hula hoop'

( —Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a young stellar system that "blinks" every 93 days. Called YLW 16A, the system likely consists of three developing stars, two of which are surrounded ...

dateJul 31, 2013 in Astronomy
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Cool, new views of Andromeda galaxy

(—Two new eye-catching views from the Herschel space observatory are fit for a princess. They show the elegant spiral galaxy Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty.

dateJan 29, 2013 in Astronomy
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New molecules around old stars

( —Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars.

dateJun 17, 2014 in Astronomy
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Mankind's messenger at the final frontier

It looks like a dustbin lid strapped to a cluster of fishing rods. Its computer is so puny it could not even start up your iPhone. And if E.T. wants to listen to the message it brings, he'll need a gramophone to play it on.

dateSep 05, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Sifting through the atmospheres of far-off worlds

( —Gone are the days of being able to count the number of known planets on your fingers. Today, there are more than 800 confirmed exoplanets—planets that orbit stars beyond our sun—and more than 2,700 other ...

dateMay 09, 2013 in Astronomy
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Image: Multicoloured view of supernova remnant

Most celestial events unfold over thousands of years or more, making it impossible to follow their evolution on human timescales. Supernovas are notable exceptions, the powerful stellar explosions that make stars as bright ...

dateDec 22, 2014 in Astronomy
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