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Image: Galactic serial killer

This new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller neighbour NGC 1317. These two are quite close to each other ...

Apr 02, 2014
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Black hole makes 'String of Pearls' clusters

(Phys.org) —Huge young star clusters resembling a string of pearls around a black hole in the centre of a galaxy 120 million light-years away have been discovered by researchers at Swinburne University ...

Apr 01, 2014
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The search for seeds of black holes

(Phys.org) —How do you grow a supermassive black hole that is a million to a billion times the mass of our sun? Astronomers do not know the answer, but a new study using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared ...

Mar 27, 2014
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The dusty heart of an active galaxy

(Phys.org) —An international research team led by Konrad Tristram from the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, obtained the most detailed view so far of the warm dust in the environment ...

Mar 13, 2014
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How fast do black holes spin?

There is nothing in the Universe more awe inspiring or mysterious than a black hole. Because of their massive gravity and ability to absorb even light, they defy our attempts to understand them. All their ...

Feb 14, 2014
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Centaurus A: A new look at an old friend

(Phys.org) —Just weeks after NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory began operations in 1999, the telescope pointed at Centaurus A (Cen A, for short). This galaxy, at a distance of about 12 million light-years ...

Feb 06, 2014
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Dead star and distant black holes dazzle in X-rays

(Phys.org) —Two new views from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, showcase the telescope's talent for spying objects near and far. One image shows the energized remains of a dead star, ...

Jan 09, 2014
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A galaxy with two hearts

This new Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. One of the largest and closest barred spirals to us, this galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has ...

Jan 09, 2014
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A rare crash at the Milky Way's core

(Phys.org) —University of Michigan astronomers could be the first to witness a rare collision expected to happen at the center of the galaxy by spring.

Jan 09, 2014
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