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Dazzling New Views of a Familiar Cluster

by David Dickinson February 19, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Wow. It’s always amazing to get new views of familiar sky targets. And you always know that a “feast for the eyes” is in store when astronomers turn a world-class instrument towards a familiar celestial object. Such an image was released […]

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Keeping An Eye On Gaia

by Jason Major February 18, 2014

Gaia, ESA’s long-anticipated mission to map the stars of our galaxy (as well as do a slew of other cool science things) is now tucked comfortably in its position in orbit around Earth-Moon L2, a gravitationally stable spot in space 1.5 million km (932,000 miles) away. Once its mission begins in earnest, Gaia will watch about […]

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Astronomers Look “Inside” an Asteroid for the First Time

by Elizabeth Howell February 5, 2014

From directly inferring the inside of an asteroid for the first time, astronomers have discovered these space rocks can have strange variations in density. The observations of Itokawa — which you may remember from the Japanese Hayabusa mission that landed on the asteroid in 2005 — not only teach us more about how asteroids came […]

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Behind the Scenes: The “Making Of” the First Brown Dwarf Surface Map

by Markus Pössel January 30, 2014

By now, you will probably have heard that astronomers have produced the first global weather map for a brown dwarf. (If you haven’t, you can find the story here.) May be you’ve even built the cube model or the origami balloon model of the surface of the brown dwarf Luhman 16B the researchers provided (here). […]

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Three New Exoplanets Found In a Star Cluster

by Nancy Atkinson January 15, 2014

So far, just a handful of planets have been found orbiting stars in star clusters – and actually, astronomers weren’t too surprised about that. Star clusters can be pretty harsh places with hordes of stars huddling close together, with strong radiation and harsh stellar winds stripping planet-forming materials from the region. But it turns out […]

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