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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....

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...

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...

Spitzer Helps Measure The Universe
2012-10-03 20:20:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to make the most precise measurement yet of the rate at which our universe is expanding. This expansion rate, also known as the Hubble Constant, is critical for understanding the age and the size of the universe. In the latest research, Spitzer took advantage of long-wavelength infrared light to make its new measurement. The newly refined value for the Hubble Constant,...


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