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European Southern Observatory Astronomers Capture New Image Of 47 Tucanae
2013-01-10 15:33:15

[Watch the Video: A close look at the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using their Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have managed to capture a new infrared image of 47 Tucanae, the second most massive globular cluster in the galaxy. The picture, which was released by the ESO on Thursday, depicts the cluster “in striking detail,” the...

Astronomers Offer High Resolution Image Of Cygnus Loop
2012-12-19 11:05:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and WIYN partners have offered this extraordinary wide-field image of the Cygnus loop as an end of the year finale. The image, three degrees to a side, covers an area of the sky about 45 times that of the full moon without sacrificing high resolution. The image is one of the largest astronomical images ever made at over 600 million pixels in size. Located some 1,500 light-years from...

Hubble Image Of Planetary Nebula Resembles Christmas Ribbon
2012-12-18 13:37:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have released a new Hubble Space Telescope image of the planetary nebula NGC 5189. In the essence of the Christmas spirit, ESA describes the cosmic structure of the eruption as a "giant and brightly colored ribbon in space." The structure visible within NGC 5189 is particularly dramatic, and the space agencies said the image is the most detailed yet image of this object. Planetary...

Carina Nebula Image Ushers In A New ESO Telescope
2012-12-06 10:12:13

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new image released by the European Space Observatory (ESO) shows off a spectacular view of the star-forming Carina Nebula, and is being released right in time for an inauguration. Astronomers captured the Carina Nebula using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) Survey Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory. The image was released on the occasion of the inauguration of the telescope in Naples on Thursday. The...

Hubble Images Rare Spiral Galaxy With An Unusual Form
2012-12-06 09:19:14

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] | [ Video 3 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new Hubble Space Telescope image has been unveiled of NGC 922, revealing the cosmic structure to be an unusual spiral galaxy. The ring structure and distorted spiral shape of NGC 922 was imaged with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to reveal even more chaos in the form of ultra luminous X-ray sources. The galaxy's unusual form is due to a cosmic bulls eye millions of years ago. A smaller...

Green Bean Galaxy, A New Class Of Galaxy
2012-12-05 06:03:50

[ Watch the Video: The Green Bean Galaxy J2240 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have identified a new galaxy class. The "green bean galaxies" have an unusual appearance, glowing in intense light emitted from the surroundings of monster black holes. The galaxies are amongst the rarest objects in the universe, and in the case of green bean galaxies, the entire galaxy glows, not just...

Bubble Nebula Imaged In Sharp Detail By One Degree Imager Camera
2012-12-05 05:57:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A spectacular new image of the Bubble Nebula, named NGC 7635, has been captured by the new camera known as the One Degree Imager (ODI) that is being commissioned at the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Arizona. Located in the constellation Cassiopeia, the Bubble Nebula is approximately 10 light-years across. It is a shell of gas and dust carved out by stellar wind created by the massive...

Dying Star Caught Coming Back To Life
2012-11-15 14:32:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers recently found evidence for a dying star coming back to life, giving insight into what may be the fate of our own Solar System in a few billion years. The picture released by the European Space Agency (ESA) is of the planetary nebula Abell 30, located 5,500 light-years away from Earth. A planetary nebula is the often-concentric shells of stellar material cast into space by dying stars. Astronomers in the 18th century...

Orion Nebula Lives Behind Cluster Of Older Stars
2012-11-14 06:26:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A little over 400 years ago, French astronomer Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc first discovered the "fog" that is the Orion nebula. Located a mere 1,500 light years from our solar system, the Orion nebula is one of the great wonders of the night sky whose discovery is intimately associated with the early development of telescopes. Scientists have only realized the importance of the nebula in the last 60 years: the Orion nebula, like...

Chandra Eyes Mini Supermassive Black Hole
2012-10-25 07:19:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, along with other observatories, has identified one of the lowest mass supermassive black holes ever observed in the middle of a galaxy that one would not expect to harbor this type of beast. This suggests that this black hole, while related to its supermassive cousins, may have a different origin. Located in the middle of the spiral galaxy NGC 4178, the black hole is shown in the image from the Sloan...