News tagged with spiral arms

New insights on how spiral galaxies get their arms

( —Spiral galaxies are some of the most beautiful and photogenic residents of the universe. Our own Milky Way is a spiral. Our solar system and Earth reside somewhere near one of its filamentous arms. And nearly ...

dateApr 02, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble observes the hidden depths of Messier 77

( —The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this vivid image of spiral galaxy Messier 77, one of the most famous and well-studied galaxies in the sky. The patches of red across this image highlight pockets ...

dateMar 28, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble digs up galactic glow worm

( —This charming and bright galaxy, known as IRAS 23436+5257, was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. It is located in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia, which is named after an arrogant, vain, ...

dateMar 25, 2013 in Astronomy
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Spiral beauty graced by fading supernova

( —About 35 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Eridanus (The River), lies the spiral galaxy NGC 1637. Back in 1999 the serene appearance of this galaxy was shattered by the appearance of a ...

dateMar 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble gazes on one ring to rule them all

( —Galaxies can take many forms—elliptical blobs, swirling spiral arms, bulges, and disks are all known components of the wide range of galaxies we have observed using telescopes like the NASA/ESA Hubble Space ...

dateMar 18, 2013 in Astronomy
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Modeling Jupiter and Saturn's possible origins

New theoretical modeling by Carnegie's Alan Boss provides clues to how the gas giant planets in our solar system—Jupiter and Saturn—might have formed and evolved. His work was published recently by the Astrophysical Journal.

dateMar 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble catches a side-on spiral streak

(—This thin, glittering streak of stars is the spiral galaxy ESO 121-6, which lies in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter's Easel). Viewed almost exactly side-on, the intricate structure of the swirling ...

dateFeb 10, 2013 in Astronomy
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The wings of the Seagull Nebula

(—This new image from ESO shows a section of a cloud of dust and glowing gas called the Seagull Nebula. These wispy red clouds form part of the "wings" of the celestial bird and this picture reveals an intriguing ...

dateFeb 06, 2013 in Astronomy
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A spiral galaxy with a secret

(—The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope – with a little help from an amateur astronomer – has produced one of the best views yet of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 106. Located a little over 20 million light-years ...

dateFeb 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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