News tagged with spiral galaxy

The dusty disc of NGC 247

This image of NGC 247, taken by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile, reveals the fine details of this highly inclined spiral galaxy and its rich ...

Mar 02, 2011 5 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Image: A nebula by any other name

(PhysOrg.com) -- Nebulae are enormous clouds of dust and gas occupying the space between the stars. Some have pretty names to match their good looks, for example the Rose nebula, while others have much more ...

Feb 11, 2011 4.7 / 5 (3) 0

First light for new spectrograph

The new observing instrument VIRUS-W, built by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the University Observatory Munich, saw "first light" on 10th November at the Harlan J. Smith Telescope ...

Jan 26, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 1

Hubble zooms in on a space oddity

A strange, glowing green cloud of gas that has mystified astronomers since its discovery in 2007 has been studied by Hubble. The cloud of gas is lit up by the bright light of a nearby quasar, and shows signs ...

Jan 10, 2011 4.9 / 5 (13) 12 | with audio podcast

The many galaxy 'flavors'

(PhysOrg.com) -- This collage of galaxies from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, showcases the many "flavors" that galaxies come in, from star-studded spirals to bulging ellipticals to those ...

Dec 17, 2010 4.3 / 5 (7) 1 | with audio podcast

Spitzer sees shrouded burst of stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found a stunning burst of star formation that beams out as much infrared light as an entire galaxy. The collision of two spiral galaxies ...

Nov 23, 2010 4.9 / 5 (7) 15 | with audio podcast

Missing Milky Way dark matter

Although dark matter is inherently difficult to observe, an understanding of its properties (even if not its nature) allows astronomers to predict where its effects should be felt. The current understanding ...

Nov 09, 2010 4.9 / 5 (11) 7