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Hubble spots a very bright contortionist

( —The contorted object captured by Hubble in this picture is IRAS 22491-1808, also known as the South America Galaxy. It is an ultra-luminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG) that emits a huge amount of light at infrared ...

dateJun 17, 2013 in Astronomy
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The diversity of distant galaxies

( —With the advent of powerful space infrared telescopes like the Spitzer Space Telescope and the (recently deceased) Herschel Space Telescope, astronomers have been able to study the properties of dust in galaxies ...

dateJun 10, 2013 in Astronomy
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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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