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How Far Can You See in the Universe?

by Fraser Cain March 31, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter When you look into the night sky, you’re seeing tremendous distances away, even with your bare eyeball. But what’s the most distant object you can see with the unaided eye? And what if you get help with a pair of binoculars, […]

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Stunning 3D Tours of Two Well-Known Nebulae

by Jason Major March 27, 2014

Two videos recently released by the Hubble team take us on a tour of two famous and intriguing cosmic objects: the stellar wind-blown “celestial snow angel” Sharpless 2-106 and the uncannily equine Horsehead Nebula, imaged in infrared wavelengths by the HST. Using Hubble imagery complemented with data from the Subaru Infrared Telescope and ESO’s Visible and […]

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What’s At The Center Of Our Galaxy?

by Fraser Cain February 5, 2014

Dr. Andrea Ghez has spent much of her career studying the region right around the center of the Milky Way, including its supermassive black hole. In fact, she helped discover it in the first place. Dr. Ghez speaks about this amazing and dynamic region. Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 332: Stellar Collisions

by Fraser Cain February 3, 2014

Out here in the Milky Way’s suburbs, stellar collisions are unheard of. But there are places in the galaxy where stars whiz past each other, and collisions can happen. When stars collide, it’s a catastrophic event, and the stellar wreckage is visible half a galaxy away. Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Watch Gaia Go From Lab to Launch in Two Minutes

by Jason Major January 13, 2014

In the early pre-dawn hours on December 19, 2013, with a rumble and a roar, a Soyuz rocket blazed through the clouds above the jungle-lined coast of French Guiana, ferrying ESA’s long-awaited Gaia spacecraft into orbit and beginning its mission to map the stars of the Milky Way. The fascinating time-lapse video above from ESA […]

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