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Interstellar Molecules Are Branching Out
2014-09-27 08:50:36

Scientists have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space.

Orion Molecular Cloud Complex
2014-08-28 07:00:10

Current theories suggest that rocky planets like Earth start their lives as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of sand. However, astronomers have recently discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula might be full of pebble-sized particles.

milky way mystery
2014-08-16 05:05:37

Newly-created maps of the material located between the stars in the Milky Way could help astronomers solve a nearly century-long mystery involving stardust, according to a new study published in the August 15 edition of the journal Science.

Stardust spacecraft
2014-08-15 06:44:48

Seven rare and microscopic particles of space dust collected by instruments onboard NASA’s Stardust mission could be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust ever obtained by scientists.

Supernova Explosions Release Building Blocks Of Planet Formation
2014-07-10 10:13:49

The formation of planets of stars is still somewhat of a mystery to astronomers. While much progress has been made, particularly in the last few decades, there are still unanswered questions as to how the planetary building blocks form. But now, new research may be closing that knowledge gap.

Planetary Nebulae Observed Releasing Water-Building Molecules
2014-06-17 11:19:05

The region in space around a planetary nebula is filled with harsh radiation. Yet despite this hostile environment, the area is seeded with a molecule essential to the formation of water.

space dust nanograins
2014-05-07 16:20:44

A team of scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center has successfully reproduced, right here on Earth, the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star and lead to the formation of planet-forming interstellar dust.

Magnetic Fingerprint Of Our Galaxy Revealed By Planck
2014-05-06 03:21:32

Our Galaxy's magnetic field is revealed in a new image from ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of 'polarised' light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.

New Techniques Tease Out Building Blocks Of Life In Meteorites
2014-02-04 06:24:52

Scientists have long delved into the mysteries of the origins of life here on Earth and more recently have found evidence pointing to the skies above us. Some evidence has been found in material created in space and delivered to Earth via comets and meteors, containing the building blocks for life.


Latest Astronomical objects Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Interstellar Cloud -- Interstellar cloud is the generic name given to accumulations of gas and dust in our galaxy. Depending on the density, size and temperature of a given cloud, the hydrogen in it can be neutral (HI clouds) or molecular (molecular clouds). Chemical compositions Analysing the composition of interstellar clouds is achieved by studying electromagnetic radiation that we receive from them. Large radio telescopes scan the intensity in the sky of particular frequencies of...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Solar Wind -- Solar wind, a stream of particles (mostly high-energy protons ~ 500 Kev) that is continually ejected from the surface of the Sun. The composition of this plasma is identical to the Sun's corona, 73% hydrogen and 25% helium with the remainder as trace impurities, and is ionized. Near Earth, the velocity of the solar wind varies from 200km/s-889km/s. The average is 450 km/s. Approximately 3000 tons of material is lost from the Sun every hour as solar wind. Since solar...

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