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A burst of stars 13 billion years ago

( —The universe immediately following the big bang contained mostly hydrogen and some helium. All the other elements needed to make galaxies, planets, and life were formed in stellar interiors or related processes. ...

dateJun 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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Orion's hidden fiery ribbon

( —This dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky. This orange glow represents faint light coming from grains of cold interstellar dust, ...

dateMay 15, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble tells a tale of galactic collisions

( —When we look into the distant cosmos, the great majority of the objects we see are galaxies: immense gatherings of stars, planets, gas, dust, and dark matter, showing up in all kind of shapes. This Hubble picture ...

dateMay 13, 2013 in Astronomy
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Thermal shield testing on Webb's MIRI

( —NASA engineer Acey Herrera recently checked out copper test wires inside the thermal shield of the Mid-Infrared Instrument, known as MIRI, that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The shield is ...

dateMay 09, 2013 in Space Exploration
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