Latest Cosmic dust Stories
The chemical breakdown of minerals that may be lurking in space dust soon will be available to scientists around the world.
JAXA said Monday that its Hayabusa space probe, which returned to Earth last month, collected â€œminute particlesâ€ of what it hopes is asteroid dust from the potato-shaped Itokawa asteroid.
NASA scientists said they might have identified the first specks of interstellar dust in materials collected by the agency's Stardust spacecraft.
A recent NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of part of NGC 7023, or the Iris Nebula, highlights a perfect dust laboratory in the sky.
Dust samples collected by high-flying aircraft in the upper atmosphere have yielded an unexpectedly rich trove of relicts from the ancient cosmos, report scientists from the Carnegie Institution.
Interstellar clouds, drifting through the unimaginable vastness of space, may be the stuff dreams are made of. But it turns out there's an unexpectedly strange component in those clouds, and it's not dreams but â€” mothballs?
Today ESO has released a new image of the Trifid Nebula, showing just why it is a firm favorite of astronomers, amateur and professional alike.
Astronomers using the infrared capability of the U.S.
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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