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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...

Astronomers Discover Elliptical Galaxy With Split Personality
2012-10-22 14:25:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While most elliptical galaxies are considered vintage, retired star making neighborhoods, astronomers have found one that has a personality more like that of a pinwheel-shaped spiral galaxy. Centaurus A isn't considered to be a typical elliptical galaxy to begin with. It is known for its dark dust lane across its middle, which is a sign that it swallowed up a spiral galaxy about 300 million years ago. "No other elliptical...

Gemini Observatory Catches Rare Glimpse Of Polar Ring Galaxy
2012-10-19 12:30:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many images that we see from the space observatories are beautiful. Swirling colors and bright galaxies make for amazing images. But an image just released from the ground-based Gemini Observatory of the polar-ring galaxy NGC 660 might be the most hauntingly beautiful image ever. Add in the back story of a colorful and dramatic tale of two galaxies locked in a life-and-death struggle, and the picture becomes poetry in motion. All...

Planetary Nebula Survey By Chandra
2012-10-11 05:21:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has created a sweeping new survey of dying stars — or planetary nebula — in the neighborhood of the Sun. The resulting X-ray images shed light on the violent "end game" of a Sun-like star's life. Led by Joel Kastner from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the team won seven days of observation time with Chandra in 2011-2012 to survey and...

Seagull Nebula
2012-09-26 13:55:54

Watch the Video: [ Zooming in on the Seagull Nebula ] Watch the Video: [ Panning Across the Head of the Seagull Nebula ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new image taken by the European Space Observatory's La Silla Observatory shows off a stellar nursery nicknamed the Seagull Nebula. This nebula looks like the head of the seagull, and glows brightly due to the energetic radiation from a hot young star that sits at its heart. Nebulae are interstellar...

The Pencil Nebula, a strangely shaped leftover from a vast explo
2012-09-12 21:48:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Zooming in on the Pencil Nebula ] It seems a little early to already start decorating for Halloween, but the European Space Observatory has decided that it's never too early for a nebula shaped like a witch's broom. A new image of the Pencil Nebula shows a cloud of glowing gas making up part of a huge ring of wreckage left over after a supernova explosion that took place about 11,000 years ago. ESO has...

Galaxy Pair Imaged By Hubble
2012-09-06 08:18:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Hubble Space Telescope has taken a portrait of two different galaxies forming a peculiar galaxy pair called Arp 116. The image released today shows the dramatic differences in size, structure and color between spiral and elliptical galaxies. Arp 116 is made up of a typical elliptical galaxy known as Messier 60, and a smaller spiral galaxy called NGC 4647. Messier 60 is a typical elliptical galaxy, but together with its...

Hubble Supernova Image From Galaxy NGC 5806
2012-09-02 07:40:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA recently released this Hubble Space Telescope image of a supernova that the telescope took while studying a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo back in 2005. The supernova, dubbed SN 2004dg, was located in the galaxy NGC 5806, which had been selected as part of a study into supernovae because the Hubble archive already contained high resolution images of the galaxy that had been taken prior to the 2004 explosion of the...

Milky Way Not The Only Galaxy On The Block
2012-08-23 13:09:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new sky survey has revealed that our Milky Way galaxy may not be as special as scientists had previously thought. The Milky Way is a fairly common type of galaxy, but being paired up with neighbors like the Magellanic Clouds makes it stick out above the rest, so much so that astronomers thought it could be a one of a kind occurrence. However, astronomer Dr. Aaron Robotham burst everyone's bubble when searching for groups of...

Image 1 - Supernova Reaching Its Peak Brightness Thursday And Friday
2011-09-08 13:19:14

Astronomers will be losing sleep as they wait on a newly discovered supernova to reach its peak in brightness on Thursday and Friday. The exploding star is about 21 million light years away and was first spotted by telescopes August 23. It is the closest of its kind to be seen in four decades and is located in the "Pinwheel Galaxy" above the Big Dipper. Amateur star-gazers could even equip themselves with 20x80 binoculars to help see the exploding star. Astronomers say that the...