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Revealing galactic secrets

Captured using the exceptional sky-surveying abilities of the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile, this deep view reveals the secrets of the luminous members of the Fornax Cluster, one of the richest and closest galaxy clusters to the Milky Way.

Posted: Oct 25th, 2017

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To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united

For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring -- the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA's Cassini mission data, astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2017

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Jupiter's volcano-powered auroral lights

NASA's Juno spacecraft has helped explain how volcanoes on the moon Io spew particles that are flung out by Jupiter's magnetic field, before rebounding back. A high-speed atmospheric encounter on the return leg creates the Red Giant's once mysterious transient auroras.

Posted: Oct 13th, 2017

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The far side of the Milky Way

Astronomers have directly measured the distance to a star-forming region on the opposite side of our Milky Way Galaxy from the Sun, using the Very Long Baseline Array.

Posted: Oct 13th, 2017

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