Quantcast

Latest Messier Stories

Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display
2014-07-03 10:58:10

NASA/JPL Celebrants this Fourth of July will enjoy the dazzling lights and booming shock waves from the explosions of fireworks. A similarly styled event is taking place in the galaxy Messier 106, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Herschel Space Observatory. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. [ Watch the Video: Zooming In On Messier 106 ] Energetic jets, which blast from Messier 106's central black...

bd928e17c5b03ee4176b953dd76d65e2
2011-06-01 08:40:24

University of Michigan astronomers examined old galaxies and were surprised to discover that they are still making new stars. The results provide insights into how galaxies evolve with time. U-M research fellow Alyson Ford and astronomy professor Joel Bregman presented their findings May 31 at a meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society in London, Ontario. Using the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope, they saw individual young stars and star clusters in four galaxies that...

4ff43846db8500254706cc7e4db22c9c1
2011-01-14 08:34:51

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a new view of two companion galaxies -- a somewhat tranquil spiral beauty and its rambunctious partner blazing with smoky star formation. The unlikely pair, named Messier 81 and Messier 82, got to know each other a lot better during an encounter that occurred a few hundred million years ago. As they swept by each other, gravitational interactions triggered new bursts of star formation. In the case of Messier 82, also known as the Cigar...

ef6f439b2e7713b5bb58b83e9488f3e91
2010-02-10 08:05:00

The Orion Nebula reveals many of its hidden secrets in a dramatic image taken by ESO's new VISTA survey telescope. The telescope's huge field of view can show the full splendor of the whole nebula and VISTA's infrared vision also allows it to peer deeply into dusty regions that are normally hidden and expose the curious behavior of the very active young stars buried there. VISTA "” the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy "” is the latest addition to ESO's Paranal...

349fc64f4417d2310bd52d886471080d1
2009-05-20 09:45:00

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have succeeded in measuring the size of giant galaxy Messier 87 and were surprised to find that its outer parts have been stripped away by still unknown effects. The galaxy also appears to be on a collision course with another giant galaxy in this very dynamic cluster. The new observations reveal that Messier 87's halo of stars has been cut short, with a diameter of about a million light-years, significantly smaller than expected, despite being...

2009-03-09 01:00:00

PARIS, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Reminder of the facts In 2007, Messier Partners, a consulting firm, launched a legal action against Maurel & Prom claiming payment of a success fee following the sale of Congolese assets to Eni, the oil company. Maurel & Prom took the view it did not have to pay Messier Partners, since the Congolese asset sale to Eni did not fall within the scope of the agreement signed between the parties. On 18 December 2007, the Paris...

2006-02-03 05:45:00

By Gregg Kilday LOS ANGELES -- Call him what you will, but Curious George is no Mickey Mouse. Next Friday, George will make his first appearance on the big screen as the star of the animated movie "Curious George," featuring the voices of Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore. As part of the movie's launch, distributor Universal Pictures, which has licensed the scampering simian since 1997, has put his inquisitive mug on everything from Dole bananas to Kidz-Eeze Cold Medicine. While George will be...


Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
Related