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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.

Spitzer's Citizen Science Zoo Displays New Animals
2013-12-17 08:17:13

Milky Way Project is releasing more images with a whole new set of "animals" to track in the cosmic zoo.

Crab Nebula Surprises Astronomers With Noble Gas Molecules
2013-12-13 04:31:42

Astronomers from the UK have discovered argon hydride within the Crab Nebula, marking the first time that noble gas molecules have been detected in space, according to research appearing in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.

Critical Interplay Discovered Between Cosmic Dust, Magnetic Fields
2013-09-27 10:40:02

Interstellar magnetic fields can be found throughout the Milky Way and other similar galaxies. They are thought to be a key regulator in star formation and the propagation of cosmic rays.

2013-09-25 23:03:00

USRA-led team finds polarized starlight implicates interstellar dust as host of hydrogen molecule formation, allows tracing magnetic fields in space. Columbia,

Peculiar Dust Belts Found Around Six Stars
2013-07-10 05:19:51

Besides the planets, comets, and asteroids that orbit our Sun, there are belts of rock and ice. Within these belts are dust particles, some which are fractions of a millimeter in size. As scientists have studied the heavens, they have located such disks orbiting other stars.


Latest Cosmic dust Reference Libraries

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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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