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WISE Birthday Image
2013-12-13 15:43:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To coincide with the fourth anniversary of NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, the space agency has released an image showing a unique juxtaposition – a distant, dying star called the Helix nebula, surrounded by a halo of relatively close asteroids tracks. The release of the image and the mission’s fourth anniversary comes after NASA brought WISE out of hibernation back in August to search for more...

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

[ Watch the Video: Supernova Remnant Shows Signs Of Noble Gas ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. As part of their study, Mike Barlow of the University College London Department of Physics and Astronomy and his colleagues used the...

Spectacular Stellar Landscape Painted With Young Stars
2013-11-13 13:50:28

[ Watch The Video: Zooming in on the Star Cluster NGC 3572 ] ESO Astronomers at ESO have captured the best image so far of the curious clouds around the star cluster NGC 3572. This new image shows how these clouds of gas and dust have been sculpted into whimsical bubbles, arcs and the odd features known as elephant trunks by the stellar winds flowing from this gathering of hot young stars. The brightest of these cluster stars are much heavier than the Sun and will end their short...

Ghostly Trio Imaged Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
2013-10-29 10:12:36

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory In the spirit of Halloween, scientists are releasing a trio of stellar ghosts caught in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. All three spooky structures, called planetary nebulas, are in fact material ejected from dying stars. As death beckoned, the stars' wispy bits and pieces were blown into outer space. "Some might call the images haunting," said Joseph Hora of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass., principal...

Coldest Known Object In Space Reveals Its Ghostly Figure
2013-10-25 06:25:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Boomerang Nebula, at a crisp one degree Kelvin (-458 degrees Fahrenheit), is the coldest known object in the Universe. In fact, the Boomerang Nebula is colder than the faint afterglow of the Big Bang, which is the natural background temperature of space. To learn more about this intriguing object, a team of astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope to investigate its frigid properties and...

detailed image toby jug nebula
2013-10-09 10:49:21

[ Watch The Video: Zooming In On To The Toby Jug Nebula ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online ESO astronomers using the European Souther Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) reported today that they have captured a detailed image of the Toby Jug Nebula. The nebula featured in the latest ESO image is a cloud of gas and dust surrounding a red giant star. The image shows the characteristic arc structure of the nebula resembles a jug with a handle. The Toby Jug...

Sharpest Ever Image Of Prawn Nebula Unveiled
2013-09-18 10:42:57

[ Watch the Video: Zooming In On The Prawn Nebula ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Paranal Observatory in Chile have taken the sharpest image ever of the Prawn Nebula. The stellar nursery, formally known as IC 4628, sits 6,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius. The new image shows clumps of hot new-born stars nestled among the clouds making up the...

Magnetic Jets Stars Final Transformation
2013-09-17 12:37:48

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In general, main sequence stars die in one of two ways: high mass stars, those several times larger than our Sun, will explode in brilliant supernovae, leaving behind a shock remnant with a dense neutron star or black hole at its center. Lower mass stars like our Sun will transition into a planetary nebula. The outer envelope of the star is expressed into the interstellar medium, and the star’s gravity relinquishes its grip....

Bizarre Alignment Observed In Butterfly-Shaped Nebulae
2013-09-04 08:57:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study by astronomers from the University of Manchester shows how planetary nebulae line up in the sky in the same way. A planetary nebula occurs in the final stages of a star's life when its outer layers begin to stretch out into the surrounding space. Such nebulae can create beautiful objects in the night sky, with some stretching out into an hourglass or butterfly shape. The latest research, published in the Monthly Notices of...

Not All Rogue Planets Are Born Within Solar Systems
2013-08-20 11:30:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of astronomers say free-floating planets can be born freely, outside of an existing solar system. Previously, scientists believed free-floating planets, or "rogue planets," must have been ejected from existing planetary systems. However, telescopes at Chalmers University of Technology have helped astronomers discover not all of these rogue planets were created this way, but that some were born free. Scientists believe there...


Latest Nebula Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Supernova Remnant -- A supernova remnant (SNR) is made up of the materials left behind by the gigantic explosion of a star in a supernova. There are two possible routes to this end: either a massive star may cease to generate fusion energy in its core, and collapse inward under the force of its own gravity, or a white dwarf star may accumulate material from a companion star until it reaches a critical mass and undergoes a similar collapse. In either case, the resulting supernova...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Star -- A star is a self-gravitating sphere of plasma in hydrostatic equilibrium that generates energy in its interior through the process of nuclear fusion. Energy from this process radiates into space as electromagnetic radiation and neutrinos. Star formation and evolution As learned by star formation astronomers, stars are born in molecular clouds, regions of higher density of matter, and form by gravitational instability inside those clouds. High mass stars illuminate powerfully...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Reflection Nebula -- In astronomy, reflection nebulae are clouds of dust which are simply reflecting the light of a nearby star or stars. The nearby star or stars are not hot enough to cause ionization in the gas of the nebula like in emission nebulae but are bright enough to give sufficient scattering to make the dust visible. The distiction between these two types of nebulae was done by Hubble in 1922. They are usually blue because the scattering is more efficient for blue light...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planetary Nebula -- A planetary nebula is an astronomical object that usually appears nebulous and disk-like in low-resolution observations. Because of this appearance, similar to the appearance of planets in early observations, the "planetary" adjective was attached and has since been retained for historical consistency. According to current observations and models, planetary nebulae in fact have little to do with planets. Instead, as a small star (less than a few times the mass...

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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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