ESO’s La Silla Observatory Reveals Beautiful Star Cluster “Laboratory”

by Shannon Hall July 23, 2014

Any human being knows the awe-inspiring wonder of a splash of stars against a dark backdrop. But it takes a skilled someone to truly appreciate a distant object viewed through an eyepiece. Your gut tightens as you realize that the tiny fuzzy blob is really thousands of light-years away. That wave of amazement is encouraged […]

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Dazzling New Views of a Familiar Cluster

by David Dickinson February 19, 2014

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 this morning from the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Astronomers turned ESO’s 2.2-metre telescope towards […]

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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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