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New Image Paints A Beautiful Picture Of The Magnetic Field

New Image Paints A Beautiful Picture Of The Magnetic Field Along The Galactic Plane

Provided by ESA While the pastel tones and fine texture of this image may bring to mind brush strokes on an artist’s canvas, they are in fact a visualization of data from ESA’s Planck satellite. The image portrays the interaction between...

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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.

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.

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.

Collage of galaxies in the Herschel Reference Survey
2014-03-18 19:58:57

The largest census of dust in local galaxies has been completed using data from ESA’s Herschel space observatory, providing a huge legacy to the scientific community.

Snake Nebula
2014-02-26 12:49:25

Astronomers using the Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array telescope have imaged the most detailed look yet of stellar nurseries within the Snake nebula.

space dust
2014-01-27 04:25:05

Dust that originates from comets, asteroids and leftover debris from the birth of the Solar System could deliver water and organic material to the Earth and other terrestrial planets, according to a recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Science paper.


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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Nebula -- in astronomy, observed manifestation of a collection of highly rarefied gas and dust in interstellar space. Prior to the 1960s this term was also applied to bodies later discovered to be galaxies, e.g., the so-called Great Nebula in the constellation Andromeda. In 1864, William Huggins confirmed William Herschel's conclusion that nebulae are not swarms of stars by determining that the spectra of nebulae are made of bright lines characteristic of radiating gases. Diffuse...

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plim
  • To swell, as grain or wood with water.
The word 'plim' is probably a variant of the word 'plum'.
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