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Though galaxy NGC 1291 is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting.
Astronomers will be able to measure how cold and dense the gas around these atoms is that influences star formation and the evolution of a galaxy.
If the feeding process into the system’s inner disk occurs elsewhere, the findings introduce many new potential locations to find exoplanets.
The crater is small because the spacecraft was not traveling very fast, approximately 3,800 mph (1,699 meters per second) and had a low mass and a low density.
NASA and its contractor are now investigating what caused the "catastrophic anomaly."
Studies reveal that there’s enough turbulence in galaxy clusters to keep gas from cooling and forming new stars.
The observations of Nova Delphinus 2013 show that the explosion was not precisely spherical.
Because of its vantage point, the spacecraft also witnessed a “ring of fire” annular eclipse.
Eight years after spotting this mysterious bit of atmospheric fluff, researchers have determined that it contains methane ice, which produces a much denser cloud than the ethane ice previously identified there.
The NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captured the positions of Comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet.
While in the past most of the dust emitted from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko seemed to originate from the neck region, images obtained by Rosetta’s scientific imaging system OSIRIS now show jets of dust along almost the whole extent of the comet.
These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about the saturnian moon’s windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations.
Research provides new evidence that it is jets of “radio-frequency feedback” streaming from mature galaxies’ central black holes that prevent hot free gas from cooling and collapsing into baby stars.
The HARPS instrument has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created.
Observations of these high-energy eruptions provide information on how the neutron star’s surface twists and vibrates.
The detection is a sign that this cosmic light has been warped by intervening structures in the universe.
The data provide new insights into what drives the rise in temperature from the Sun’s surface to its outer atmosphere.
This new detection is considered one of the most reliable distance measurements of a galaxy that existed in the early universe.
The data suggest that something is not right inside Mimas; the amount of wobble measured is double what was predicted.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MAVEN, and Mars Odyssey all are part of a campaign to study Comet Siding Spring and possible effects on the martian atmosphere from gases and dust released by the comet.