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Orion Revisited: Astronomers Find New Star Cluster in Front of the Orion Nebula

by Jason Major November 25, 2012

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The well-known star-forming region of the Orion Nebula.  Credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope / Coelum (J.-C. Cuillandre & G. Anselmi) Precise distances are difficult to gauge in space, especially within the relatively local regions of the Galaxy. Stars which appear close together in […]

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Rare Supernova Pair are Most Distant Ever

by Nancy Atkinson November 2, 2012

High-resolution simulation of a galaxy hosting a super-luminous supernova and its chaotic environment in the early Universe. Credit: Adrian Malec and Marie Martig (Swinburne University) Some of the earliest stars were massive and short-lived, destined to end their lives in huge explosions. Astronomers have detected some of the earliest and most distant of these exploding […]

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Astronomers Witness a Web of Dark Matter

by Jason Major January 9, 2012

We can’t see it, we can’t feel it, we can’t even interact with it… but dark matter may very well be one of the most fundamental physical components of our Universe. The sheer quantity of the stuff – whatever it is – is what physicists have suspected helps gives galaxies their mass, structure, and motion, […]

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