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The Virus-W spectrograph will help astronomers understand how stars and gas move, which in turn will help them better understand how stars form.
Published: January 28, 2011
By piecing together signatures of the gases and dark debris produced by impact shock waves, a team of scientists was able to deduce that the object was more likely a rocky asteroid than an icy comet that hit Jupiter.
Published: January 27, 2011
Scientists will use the data to deduce how often tiny meteorids bombard the saturnian moon’s surface, among other things.
Published: January 18, 2011
Probing a galaxy's dust structure serves as an important diagnostic tool for astronomers, providing invaluable information on how gas and dust collapse to form stars.
Published: January 17, 2011
Although cosmology results won’t be ready for another 2 years, initial results include observations of specific objects in our Milky Way, as well as more distant galaxies.
Published: January 12, 2011
The space telescope has uncovered star birth in a region of Hanny’s Voorwerp that faces the spiral galaxy IC 2497.
Published: January 11, 2011
A black hole a million times more massive than the Sun in a star-forming dwarf galaxy is a strong indication that supermassive black holes formed before the buildup of galaxies.
Published: January 10, 2011
Research indicates that the Moon’s core contains a small percentage of light elements such as sulfur, echoing new seismology research on Earth that suggests the presence of light elements – such as sulfur and oxygen — in a layer around our own core.
Published: January 7, 2011
Scientists discover a cosmic chunk in space that originated from deep inside the third-largest asteroid.
Published: January 6, 2011
Astronomers are using VISTA’s telescope to scour the Milky Way's central regions for variable objects and to map its structure in greater detail than ever before.
Published: January 5, 2011
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