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New VLT Observations Clear Up Dusty Mystery

by Shannon Hall July 11, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The Universe is overflowing with cosmic dust. Planets form in swirling clouds of dust around a young star; Dust lanes hide more-distant stars in the Milky Way above us; And molecular hydrogen forms on the dust grains in interstellar space. Even […]

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Surprise! Brown Dwarf Star Has Dusty Skies, Appearing Strangely Red

by Elizabeth Howell February 6, 2014

Dust clouds on a brown dwarf or “failed star” are making it appear redder than its counterparts, new research reveals. Better studying this phenomenon could improve the weather forecast on these objects, which are larger than gas giant planets but not quite big enough to ignite nuclear fusion processes to become stars. “These are not […]

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Forging Stars – Peering Into Starbirth and Death

by Tammy Plotner November 27, 2013

Some 160,000 light years away towards the constellation of Dorado (the Swordfish), is an amazing area of starbirth and death. Located in our celestial neighbor, the Large Magellanic Cloud, this huge stellar forge sculpts vast clouds of gas and dust into hot, new stars and carves out ribbons and curls of nebulae. However, in this […]

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Gorgeous Telescope Timelapse Makes You Feel Like You’re Standing In Chile

by Elizabeth Howell November 13, 2013

As the chill of winter settles into the northern hemisphere, fantasies of down-south travel pervade a lot of people’s dreams. Well, here’s a virtual journey to warm climes for astronomy buffs: a beautiful, music-filled timelapse of several European Southern Observatory telescopes gazing at the heavens in Chile. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Future Supernova Is Surrounded By Hydrogen Clouds

by Elizabeth Howell October 15, 2013

The faint green glow you see in that picture is not an early harbringer of Hallowe’en spooks. It’s hydrogen gas clouds found recently nearby W26, a future supernova in the star cluster Westerlund 1. The European Southern Observatory’s VLT Survey Telescope in Chile spotted the hydrogen in the cluster, which has hundreds of huge stars […]

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