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Soft shells and strange star clusters

The beautiful, petal-like shells of galaxy PGC 6240 are captured in intricate detail by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, set against a sky full of distant background galaxies. This cosmic bloom is of great interest to astronomers due to both its uneven structure, and the unusual clusters of stars that orbit around it - two strong indications of a galactic merger in the recent past.

Posted: Oct 10th, 2013

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Lonely planets in space

Two newly detected celestial objects without host star help astronomers in their understanding of star formation.

Posted: Oct 10th, 2013

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ESA and NASA stumped by cosmic mystery

A mystery that has stumped scientists for decades might be one step closer to solution after ESA tracking stations carefully record signals from NASA's Juno spacecraft as it swings by Earth today.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2013

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ESA's test rover begins exploring Atacama Desert

ESA's test rover has been fitted with scientific instruments and made its first tracks in the sands of Chile's Atacama Desert. Meanwhile, team members have explored the area to select a suitable site for testing, flying a drone to produce an aerial map.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2013

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A close look at the Toby Jug Nebula

ESO's Very Large Telescope has captured a remarkably detailed image of the Toby Jug Nebula, a cloud of gas and dust surrounding a red giant star. This view shows the characteristic arcing structure of the nebula, which, true to its name, does indeed look a little like a jug with a handle.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2013

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First ever evidence of a comet striking Earth

The first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2013

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Terahertz sensor aiming for Jupiter's moons

A high performance terahertz receiver aiming for space missions such as ESA's 'Jupiter icy moons explorer' has been developed in a joint European effort, led by Chalmers University of Technology.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2013

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Looking at planets in other solar systems

An EU-funded project is developing direct methods for actually acquiring an image of planets. We could soon be one step closer to answering the age-old question of whether life exists on any other planet beyond Earth.

Posted: Oct 4th, 2013

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Desert trial for ESA Mars rover

Next week will see ESA's most ambitious planetary rover test yet. Robotic exploration of a Mars-like desert in South America will be overseen from the UK, providing experience for future missions to the Red Planet.

Posted: Oct 4th, 2013

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ALMA discovers large 'hot' cocoon around a small baby star

An international research team, led by researcher at the University of Electro-Communication observed an infrared dark cloud G34.43+00.24 MM3 with ALMA and discovered a baby star surrounded by a large hot cloud. This hot cloud is about ten times larger than those found around typical solar-mass baby stars.

Posted: Oct 4th, 2013

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