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Mystery Missing Massive Galaxies
2013-07-24 13:28:57

New observations have given a group of astronomers the best view yet of how star formation regions can get selfish and gassy.

Life Of Eskimo Nebula Coming To A Beautiful End
2013-07-13 08:19:42

At the end of their lives, stars like our Sun become remarkably photogenic. For example, NGC 2392, located approximately 4,200 light years from Earth, is giving astronomers a beautiful display as it nears the end of its existence.

Pinwheeling Through The Sky
2013-06-10 09:49:48

known as M101, the galaxy lies 21 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It measures 170 000 light-years across – nearly twice the diameter of our own Milky Way Galaxy – and contains at least a trillion stars. About a billion of these stars could be similar to our own Sun.

Cats Paw Nebula Baby Boom
2013-06-06 13:58:02

Astronomers presented research on Wednesday at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) about how the Cat's Paw Nebula is experiencing a "baby boom."

Hubble Provides Most Detailed Image Of Ring Nebula To Date
2013-05-23 12:48:25

The Hubble Space Telescope has provided one of the most detailed images of the Ring Nebula so far, allowing scientists to construct a model of the nebula in 3D.

Danish Telescope Captures Breathtaking Image Of Star-Forming Region
2013-05-02 13:53:56

The Danish 1.54-metre telescope located at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has released a new image of the star-forming region NGC 6559.

Halo Clouds Spotted Around Colliding Galaxies
2013-05-01 05:19:26

A detailed study of an enormous cloud of hot gas that envelops two large, colliding galaxies has been made using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This oversized gas reservoir contains as much mass as 10 billion Suns, is 300,000 light years across, and radiates more than 7 million degrees Kelvin.

Hubble Celebrates 23 Years In Space With Spectacular View Of Horsehead Nebula
2013-04-19 13:59:48

The Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 23rd year in orbit, and to commemorate the veteran observatory, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have released an amazing image of the Horsehead Nebula.


Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.