Amazing Video Timelapse Of Big Telescopes At Work In Chile

by Elizabeth Howell September 2, 2014

What’s it like to spend a night at a huge telescope observatory? Jordi Busque recorded a brilliant timelapse of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). What makes this video unique is not only the exotic location in Chile, but the use of sound in the area rather than music. […]

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A Cosmic Collision: Our Best View Yet of Two Distant Galaxies Merging

by Shannon Hall August 27, 2014

An international team of astronomers has obtained the best view yet of two galaxies colliding when the universe was only half its current age. Shannon Hall on Google+

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Some Of Comet ISON’s Organic Materials Arose In An Unexpected Place

by Elizabeth Howell August 12, 2014

While Comet ISON’s breakup around Thanksgiving last year disappointed many amateur observers, its flight through the inner solar system beforehand showed scientists something neat: it was carrying organic materials with it. A group examined the molecules surrounding the comet in its coma (atmosphere) and, along with observations of Comet Lemmon, created a 3-D model that […]

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Where Exactly Is Pluto? Pinpoint Precision Needed For New Horizons Mission

by Elizabeth Howell August 6, 2014

When you have a spacecraft that takes the better part of a decade to get to its destination, it’s really, really important to make sure you have an accurate fix on where it’s supposed to be. That’s true of the Rosetta spacecraft (which reached its comet today) and also for New Horizons, which will make […]

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ALMA Observes Binary Star System with Wacky Disks

by Shannon Hall July 30, 2014

When it comes to exoplanets, we’ve discovered an array of extremes — alien worlds that seem more like science fiction than reality. But there are few environments more extreme than a binary star system in which planet formation can occur. Powerful gravitational perturbations from the two stars can easily grind a planet to dust, let […]

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