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Europe's Herschel Space Observatory Has Detected Some Very Young Stars
2013-03-20 10:59:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some of the youngest stars ever seen have recently been found, thanks to the European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory. Herschel's observations were used in conjunction with contributing observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile -- a collaboration involving the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIFR) in Germany, the Onsala Space Observatory...

2013-03-19 16:20:11

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile, a collaboration involving the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, the Onsala...

Protostar’s Fireworks Captured By NASA’s Hubble
2013-02-07 18:52:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Light echoes from LRLL 54361 ] A strange beacon of light has been captured, for the third time, using NASA´s Hubble Space Telescope. Far away, on a protostar called LRLL 54361, a flashing light takes place every 25.34 days, like fireworks. New images and video released by NASA and taken by the Hubble show the cause of these fireworks can bee seen hidden behind a dense disc and an envelope of dust....

2013-02-07 12:22:15

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two of NASA's great observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Every 25.34 days, the object, designated LRLL 54361, unleashes a burst of light. Although a similar phenomenon has been observed in two other young stellar objects, this is the most powerful such beacon seen to date....

First “Bone” In The Milky Way Discovered At CfA
2013-01-09 11:26:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Astronomers affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have discovered a new structure in the Milky Way — a lengthy tendril comprised of dust and gas. The tendril — or “bone” as they refer to it — is long and slender, drawing comparisons to the fibula, or calf bone. In a statement, lead author Alyssa Goodman stated that this marks the first time that scientists have been...

Brown Dwarf Weather Map Shows A Stormy Atmosphere
2013-01-09 08:38:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By using the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, NASA officials say they have managed to complete the most detailed weather map to date for the cool, planet-like stars known as brown dwarfs. Brown dwarfs, which are also sometimes known as failed stars, form out of condensing gas but do not have the mass in order to fuse hydrogen atoms and produce energy, officials from the US space agency explained in a recent statement. As a...

2013-01-08 16:20:52

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and of a neighboring cluster of extremely luminous young stars embedded in dust cocoons. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The images of our galaxy's circumlunar ring (CNR) and its...

Far Out Dude! Zeta Ophiuchi Making Waves In Space
2012-12-20 06:34:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an infrared image of the glowing waves given off by a giant star that was sent hurtling through space after its companion star exploded. Zeta Ophiuchi, the star which is currently speeding through the universe and leaving what is known as a bow shock in its wake, is 20 times more massive and 80,000 times brighter than our sun, according to the US space agency. Scientists believe that...

Stars Living On The Edge
2012-10-25 04:37:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A mysterious infrared glow seen across the entire sky comes from isolated stars beyond the edges of galaxies, according to a new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The study, published in the journal Nature, suggests that these stars once belonged to the galaxies they edge up to, but were stripped away into the relatively empty space outside during violent galaxy mergers. Astronomers have disagreed for a long time...

2012-10-24 15:20:39

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light seen across the entire sky. It comes from isolated stars beyond the edges of galaxies. These stars are thought to have once belonged to the galaxies before violent galaxy mergers stripped them away into the relatively empty space outside of their former homes. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...