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Galactic wheel of life shines in infrared

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 03:00
Though galaxy NGC 1291 is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting.
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LOFAR discovers largest carbon atoms outside our Milky Way

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 03:00
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.
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Planet-forming lifeline discovered in a binary star system

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:00
If the feeding process into the system’s inner disk occurs elsewhere, the findings introduce many new potential locations to find exoplanets.
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The LRO spacecraft captures images of LADEE’s impact crater

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:00
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.
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Orbital Sciences unmanned space station mission explodes at liftoff

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00
NASA and its contractor are now investigating what caused the "catastrophic anomaly."
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The Chandra Observatory identifies impact of cosmic chaos on star birth

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 03:00
Studies reveal that there’s enough turbulence in galaxy clusters to keep gas from cooling and forming new stars.
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Unprecedented nova images illuminate astronomers’ models for its ejecta

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 03:00
The observations of Nova Delphinus 2013 show that the explosion was not precisely spherical.
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Hinode satellite captures X-ray footage of solar eclipse

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 03:00
Because of its vantage point, the spacecraft also witnessed a “ring of fire” annular eclipse.
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NASA identifies ice cloud above cruising altitude on Titan

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 03:00
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.
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Close encounters: Comet Siding Spring seen next to Mars

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 03:00
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.
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OSIRIS images of Rosetta's comet show jets of activity

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 03:00
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.
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Organic molecules in Titan’s atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 03:00
These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about the saturnian moon’s windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations.
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Big black holes can block new stars

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 03:00
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.
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Two families of comets found around nearby star

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:00
The HARPS instrument has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created.
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Fermi satellite finds hints of starquakes in magnetar “storm”

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:00
Observations of these high-energy eruptions provide information on how the neutron star’s surface twists and vibrates.
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POLARBEAR detects B-modes in the cosmic microwave background

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:00
The detection is a sign that this cosmic light has been warped by intervening structures in the universe.
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New solar findings revealed by IRIS observatory

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:00
The data provide new insights into what drives the rise in temperature from the Sun’s surface to its outer atmosphere.
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Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:00
This new detection is considered one of the most reliable distance measurements of a galaxy that existed in the early universe.
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Saturn moon may hide a “fossil” core or an ocean

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:00
The data suggest that something is not right inside Mimas; the amount of wobble measured is double what was predicted.
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NASA Mars orbiters study comet flyby

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 03:00
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.
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