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Airborne Observatory Reveals Mystery Of Star Formation
2013-04-17 11:52:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from an airborne observatory, NASA researchers have discovered new details on how massive stars form within a cloud of interstellar gas and dust. An emerging star known as G35 has been observed forming in an orderly process similar to the one undergone by smaller stars like our sun, according to the scientists´ report in the Astrophysical Journal. Lead author Yichen Zhang said the observations of G35 made...

Astronomers Spot 'Soccer Ball' Molecules In Space
2013-03-05 13:10:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of astronomers are reporting in The Astrophysical Journal they have spotted what resembles a soccer ball sitting in the dying star M1-11. Five instruments helped astronomers detect C60 fluorine in the dying star, which are molecules of carbon with 60 atoms arranged in patterns that resemble a soccer ball. Astronomers used the Subaru Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST), ESO's Very Large Telescope, the...

Space Dust Likely Culprit Behind Fallen Satellites
2013-02-27 12:00:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to an aeronautics and astronautics professor at Stanford University, "space dust" is the likely culprit behind why satellites fail. Satellites are threatened by both asteroids and "space junk," which are particles of man-made debris that orbit Earth. However, the threat from these impacts is actually relatively low, and most satellites that have died in space were knocked out by something entirely different. Space dust,...

Astronomers Capture Rare Glimpse Of Star-Forming Region In Visible Light
2013-01-16 07:00:46

[Watch Videos: 1 - Zooming in on Lupus 3 / 2 - Panning Over Lupus 3] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Southern Observatory (ESO) released a stunning new image of a dark cloud where new stars are forming, along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already emerged from the stellar nursery. The new image, taken with MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile, is one of the finest and clearest ever taken in visible light of...

Planet Forming Gas Streams Revealed
2013-01-02 12:09:51

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Listen to the podcast “How Planets Form” with redOrbit's Dr. John Millis and planet-hunting expert Dr. Eric Mamajek of the University of Rochester. Astronomers who made observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope are helping to shed light on planet-forming gas streams. The international team of astronomers studied the young star HD 142527, seeing a key...

Astronomers Need Your Help Looking For Space Anomalies
2012-12-19 13:55:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers are reaching out to the public and asking for a little help in a study to find holes in dust clouds that are threaded throughout our galaxy. By looking at images from the Herschel Space Observatory, combined with those from NASA´s Spitzer satellite, members of the public can join the scientists by helping to distinguish between dense clumps of cold dust and possible holes in these dusty clouds. Dust clouds do...

New Hubble Data Reveals Ancient Dusty Galaxies
2012-10-10 09:08:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dust can be the bane of any good housekeeper or computer technician. However, it is an important building block for stars and planets, and astronomers need to understand how cosmic dust forms over time. This understanding is an integral step in figuring out the evolution of galaxies and the stars and planets that they´re made of. Assistant professor Steven Finkelstein, of the University of Texas at Austin, and his colleagues are...

Planet-Forming Dust Abruptly Disappears Around Star
2012-07-05 05:10:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One star pinpointed as a prime location for a planet-forming disk decided enough was enough, and closed-up shop suddenly. While observing TYC 824126521, a young star located about 456 light years from Earth, researchers discovered that the planet-forming dust that once surrounded the star abruptly disappeared. Between 2008, when the star was being observed by a powerful infrared telescope in Chile, and 2010, when NASA's WISE...

Enceladus Plume Highlights 'Dusty Plasma'
2012-06-04 07:20:05

Recent findings from NASA's Cassini mission reveal that Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus provides a special laboratory for watching unusual behavior of plasma, or hot ionized gas. In these recent findings, some Cassini scientists think they have observed "dusty plasma," a condition theorized but not previously observed on site, near Enceladus. Data from Cassini's fields and particles instruments also show that the usual "heavy" and "light" species of charged particles in normal plasma are...

APEX Captures Stunning Image Of Dust Near Orion's Belt
2012-05-02 12:52:36

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] A new image of the region surrounding the reflection nebula Messier 78, just to the north of Orion´s Belt, shows clouds of cosmic dust threaded through the nebula like a string of pearls. The observations, made with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope[1], use the heat glow of interstellar dust grains to show astronomers where new stars are being formed. Dust may sound boring and uninteresting – the surface grime that hides the beauty...

Latest Cosmic dust Reference Libraries

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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