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Caltech's Cosmic Web Imager Directly Observes "Dim Matter"
2014-04-30 03:53:16

Cynthia Eller, California Institute of Technology Caltech astronomers have taken unprecedented images of the intergalactic medium (IGM)—the diffuse gas that connects galaxies throughout the universe—with the Cosmic Web Imager, an instrument designed and built at Caltech. Until now, the structure of the IGM has mostly been a matter for theoretical speculation. However, with observations from the Cosmic Web Imager, deployed on the Hale 200-inch telescope at Palomar Observatory,...

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2011-08-18 07:25:00

Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope have shed light on the power source of a rare vast cloud of glowing gas in the early Universe. The observations show for the first time that this giant "Lyman-alpha blob" "” one of the largest single objects known "” must be powered by galaxies embedded within it. The results appear in the 18 August issue of the journal Nature. A team of astronomers has used ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) to study an unusual object called a...

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2010-03-24 13:25:00

Astronomers have long known that in many surveys of the very distant Universe, a large fraction of the total intrinsic light was not being observed. Now, thanks to an extremely deep survey using two of the four giant 8.2-meter telescopes that make up ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) and a unique custom-built filter, astronomers have determined that a large fraction of galaxies whose light took 10 billion years to reach us have gone undiscovered. The survey also helped uncover some of the...

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2009-04-23 07:54:18

A team of astronomers in California recently discovered a giant cosmic "blob" that they believe to be a remnant from our universe's infancy. Using a small army of the world's most advanced space and ground telescopes, scientists from the Carnegie Observatory in Pasadena California were able to essentially look back in time to a point when the universe was a mere 800 million years old.  Researchers have identified the object as an "extended Lyman-Alpha blob", a vague cosmological term...

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2006-07-03 10:28:07

Rare Blob Unveiled: Evidence for Hydrogen Gas Falling onto a Dark Matter Clump? ESO's VLT has helped scientists to discover a large primordial 'blob', more than 10 billion light-years away. The most likely scenario to account for its existence and properties is that it represents the early stage in the formation of a galaxy, when gas falls onto a large clump of dark matter. Over the last few years, astronomers have discovered in the distant Universe a few so-called 'blobs'. These are rather...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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