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Stellar Nursery Rho Ophiuchi As Seen By Herschel

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Rho Ophiuchi

This image shows Rho Ophiuchi, a vast stellar nursery where new stars take shape from billowing clouds of gas, as viewed by ESA's Herschel observatory.


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Hubble's Megamaser Galaxy

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

Phenomena across the Universe emit radiation spanning the entire electromagnetic spectrum -- from high-energy gamma rays, which stream out from the most energetic events in the cosmos, to lower-energy microwaves and radio waves.

Hubble Catches Starbursts in a Barred Spiral Galaxy

Hubble Catches Starbursts in a Barred Spiral Galaxy

This Hubble Space Telescope picture shows NGC 5398, a barred spiral galaxy located about 55 million light-years away.


Small, Short-lived Drops of Early Universe Quark-Gluon Plasma?

Small, Short-lived Drops of Early Universe Quark-Gluon Plasma?

Scientists reveal correlated flow of particles emerging from even the lowest-energy, small-scale collisions at Big-Bang particle collider.


Supernova Simulations Reveal Mysteries of Dying Stars

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An international team of astronomers have created the longest consistent 3D model of a neutrino-driven supernova explosion to date, helping scientists to better understand the violent deaths of massive stars.


Pulsar Jackpot Reveals Globular Cluster's Inner Structure

Pulsar Jackpot Reveals Globular Cluster's Inner Structure

The Milky Way is chock-full of star clusters. Some contain just a few tens-to-hundreds of young stars. Others, known as globular clusters, are among the oldest objects in the universe and contain up to a million ancient stars.


Solar System Science With the Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST)

Solar System Science With the Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST)

WFIRST will provide imaging and spectroscopic capabilities from 0.6-2.0 ┬Ám and will be a potential contemporary and eventual successor to JWST.


Astronomers Spun Up By Galaxy-shape Finding

Astronomers Spun Up By Galaxy-shape Finding

For the first time astronomers have measured how a galaxy's spin affects its shape.


Project Blue Mission For Earthlike Planets in Alpha Centauri Rallies Community Support

Project Blue Mission For Earthlike Planets in Alpha Centauri Rallies Community Support

BoldlyGo Institute and a consortium of prominent organizations including The SETI Institute, UMass Lowell, and Mission Centaur launched a crowdfunding campaign to support first phase of mission development.


How The Universe Became Filled With Light

How The Universe Became Filled With Light

Soon after the Big Bang, the universe went completely dark.


Magnetic Fields In Distant Galaxy Are New Piece Of A Cosmic Puzzle

Magnetic Fields In Distant Galaxy Are New Piece Of A Cosmic Puzzle

Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away -- a big clue to understanding how magnetic fields formed and evolved over cosmic time.


Close Encounters of the Stellar Kind

Close Encounters of the Stellar Kind

Stars which pass close to the Sun could have a noticeable impact on the solar system.


Breakthrough Listen Detects Repeating Fast Radio Bursts from the Distant Universe

Breakthrough Listen Detects Repeating Fast Radio Bursts from the Distant Universe

Breakthrough Listen - the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe - has detected 15 fast radio bursts emanating from the mysterious "repeater" FRB 121102.


Kepler Discovers Variability in the Seven Sisters

Kepler Discovers Variability in the Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters, as they were known to the ancient Greeks, are now known to modern astronomers as the Pleiades star cluster - a set of stars which are visible to the naked eye and have been studied for thousands of years by cultures all over the world.


Amazing Image of Antares' Surface and Atmosphere

Amazing Image of Antares' Surface and Atmosphere

To the unaided eye the famous, bright star Antares shines with a strong red tint in the heart of the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion).


Eclipsing White Dwarfs Will Merge Into An Exotic Star

Eclipsing White Dwarfs Will Merge Into An Exotic Star

A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist, Mukremin Kilic, and his team have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf binaries with orbital periods of 40 and 46 minutes, respectively.


An Unusual White Dwarf May Be A Supernova Leftover

An Unusual White Dwarf May Be A Supernova Leftover

Astronomers have identified a white dwarf star in our galaxy that may be the leftover remains of a recently discovered type of supernova.


A Starburst With The Prospect of Gravitational Waves

A Starburst With The Prospect of Gravitational Waves

In 1887, American astronomer Lewis Swift discovered a glowing cloud, or nebula, that turned out to be a small galaxy about 2.2 million light years from Earth.



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