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A massive laboratory

A massive laboratory Image: This image shows a region of space called LHA 120-N150. It is a substructure of the gigantic Tarantula Nebula. The latter is the largest known stellar nursery in the local Universe. The nebula is situated more than 160 000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring dwarf irregular galaxy […]

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The dark dunes of Mars: Moreux crater

The dark dunes of Mars: Moreux crater Known for its wide swathes of rippling, textured, gently sloping dunes, the Terra Sabaea region on Mars is home to many fascinating geological features – including the prominent Moreux crater, the star of a new image from ESA’s Mars Express. Source: ESA

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NASA Satellite Offers Urban Carbon Dioxide Insights

NASA Satellite Offers Urban Carbon Dioxide Insights Using data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, researchers found links between the population density of cities and how much carbon dioxide they produce per person. Source: NASA Goddard

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Hubble Investigates Hungry Galaxy

Hubble Investigates Hungry Galaxy Spiral galaxy NGC 1589 was once the scene of a violent bout of cosmic hunger pangs. As astronomers looked on, a poor, hapless star was seemingly torn apart and devoured by the ravenous supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. Source: NASA Goddard

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The most powerful black hole eruption in the Universe

The most powerful black hole eruption in the Universe Astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Chandra X-ray space observatories, along with radio telescopes on ground, have spotted the aftermath of the most powerful explosion ever seen in the Universe. Source: ESA

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XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small. Source: ESA

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Hubble Embraces Spiral With Open Arms

Hubble Embraces Spiral With Open Arms The spiral galaxy NGC 2008 sits center stage, its ghostly spiral arms spreading out toward us, in this image captured by Hubble. Source: NASA Goddard

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Perspective view of Nilosyrtis Mensae

Perspective view of Nilosyrtis Mensae Image: Perspective view of Nilosyrtis Mensae Source: ESA

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Hubble Captures Grand Spiral

Hubble Captures Grand Spiral Eye-catching NGC 5364 is known as a grand design spiral galaxy — a descriptive name deserved by only one-tenth of spirals. They are characterized by their prominent, well-defined arms, which circle outward from a clear core. Despite being classified in this way, NGC 5364 is far from perfect. Source: NASA Goddard

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MAVEN Explores Mars to Understand Radio Interference at Earth

MAVEN Explores Mars to Understand Radio Interference at Earth NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has discovered “layers” and “rifts” in the electrically charged part of the upper atmosphere of Mars. The phenomenon is common at Earth and causes unpredictable disruptions to radio communications. The unexpected discovery by MAVEN shows that Mars is a unique laboratory to better […]

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Hubble Spies Bar, Baby Stars

Hubble Spies Bar, Baby Stars ​The galaxy depicted in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is a barred spiral known as NGC 7541, in the constellation of Pisces (the Fishes). A barred spiral is a galaxy with whirling, pinwheeling, spiral arms, and a bright center that is intersected by a bar of […]

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Solar Orbiter Earth flyby

Solar Orbiter Earth flyby Artist’s impression of Solar Orbiter making a flyby at Earth. Solar Orbiter will make one gravity assist flyby of Earth and numerous flybys of Venus over the course of its mission to adjust its orbit, bringing it closer to the Sun and also out of the plane of the Solar System […]

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Supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may have a friend

Supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may have a friend An artist’s conception of two black holes entwined in a gravitational tango. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Christopher Go Smadar Naoz, University of California, Los Angeles Do supermassive black holes have friends? The nature of galaxy formation suggests that the answer is yes, and in fact, pairs […]

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The X17 factor: a particle new to physics might solve the dark matter mystery

The X17 factor: a particle new to physics might solve the dark matter mystery Anomalies in nuclear physics experiments may show signs of a new force. Shutterstock Celine Boehm, University of Sydney and Tibor Kibedi, Australian National University A team of scientists in Hungary recently published a paper that hints at the existence of a […]