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Zodiacal Light Over ESO’s La Silla Observatory

by Jason Major June 29, 2013

We don’t put much stock in astrology or horoscopes here at Universe Today, but there’s one thing related to the zodiac that’s all science and no superstition: zodiacal light, captured here in a gorgeous photo by astronomer Alan Fitzsimmons above ESO’s La Silla Observatory. Created by sunlight reflected off fine particles of dust concentrated inside […]

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A Cosmic Seagull’s Star-Studded Wings

by Jason Major February 8, 2013

Bright stars and vast clouds of dust and gas illuminate the “wings” of the Seagull Nebula (ESO) These glowing red clouds are just a small part of the wings of an enormous bird — the Seagull Nebula, a band of gas and dust 3,400 light-years away that shines from UV light radiating from hot newborn […]

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Makemake’s Mysteriously Missing Atmosphere

by Jason Major November 21, 2012

Artist’s impression of the surface of Makemake, a dwarf planet beyond Pluto (ESO/L. Cal├žada/Nick Risinger) It turns out there’s no air up there: the distant dwarf planet Makemake is surprisingly lacking in an atmosphere, according to findings made by astronomers using telescopes at ESO’s La Silla and Paranal observatories. Jason Major on Google+

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Take a Gander at a Cosmic Gull

by Jason Major September 26, 2012

The head and “eye” of the Seagull Nebula (ESO) This colorful new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory highlights the heart of a shining stellar nursery located between the constellations Monoceros and Canis Major. Officially named Sharpless 2-292, the cloud of gas and dust forms the “head” of the Seagull Nebula (IC 2177) and gets […]

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