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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
NASA spots cosmic ‘candy cane’ near heart of the Milky Way

NASA spots cosmic ‘candy cane’ near heart of the Milky Way

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NASA's GISMO instrument helped to bring us this composite view of the central zone of the Milky Way and the "candy cane" formation in the middle. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center It's beginning to look at a lot like Christmas near the center of our Milky Way galaxy. On Wednesday, NASA shared a colorful view…
See a ‘cosmic pretzel’ full of twin child stars

See a ‘cosmic pretzel’ full of twin child stars

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ALMA captured this incredible image of two circumstellar disks with two baby stars growing in the middle. ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Alves et al. If you like baby pictures, then you'll coo over this new image of twin baby stars that's helping scientists learn more about the complex process of star formation.  The twin stars are located…
Cosmic Fireworks Radiance Red, White and Blue in Legendary Hubble Picture

Cosmic Fireworks Radiance Red, White and Blue in Legendary Hubble Picture

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Eta Carinae, a distant star spouting twin nebulae of red, white and blue gas, is pumped for Independence Day. Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of Arizona) and J. Morse (BoldlyGo Institute) Like the United States of America, the universe has been celebrating its own existence with fireworks since its beginning — the Big Bang,…
Why ‘Cosmic Nothingness’ Might Hold Tricks of deep space

Why ‘Cosmic Nothingness’ Might Hold Tricks of deep space

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At the very largest scales — zooming out from solar systems, stellar clusters and even galaxies — a surprising pattern emerges in nature. When you zoom out far enough that entire galaxies (each one home to hundreds of billions of stars) are just single dots of light, you'll find … a web. Long, thin ropes…
Ask Ethan: How Properly Has Cosmic Inflation Been Verified?

Ask Ethan: How Properly Has Cosmic Inflation Been Verified?

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Cosmic dead ringers: 27 very strange-looking area things

Cosmic dead ringers: 27 very strange-looking area things

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Mimas, the Death Star moon Join us on a romp through the universe as we look at wondrous images from space, including a Game of Thrones symbol on Mars, Mr. Hankey on Jupiter and moons that look like you could eat them. Saturn has dozens of moons, so it's no wonder at least a few…
Worldwide Warming Is Not Cosmic

Worldwide Warming Is Not Cosmic

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“I heard that sunspots are the main driver of temperature changes.” “What about the Grand Solar Minimum?” “We’re headed for a new ice age based on orbital parameters.” “Cosmic rays are causing the Earth to heat up!” There is no shortage of people in the online community who passionately advocate for cosmic explanations to account…
These Wisps Around Black Holes Might Expose How the Cosmic Monsters Consume

These Wisps Around Black Holes Might Expose How the Cosmic Monsters...

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An artist's impression shows a black hole's accretion disk, with gas and dust from nearby nebula being pulled toward the disk. Credit: Marc Ward/Shutterstock DENVER — You've seen the first close-up of a black hole. Now, get ready to see the faint wisps of matter surrounding the object. The international team responsible for the first-ever…
X-Ray Chimneys At The Centre Of The Galaxy Are Blowing Cosmic Bubbles

X-Ray Chimneys At The Centre Of The Galaxy Are Blowing Cosmic...

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Astronomers have discovered two massive galactic chimneys that provide release valves for the vast energies at the center of the Milky Way. Every galaxy in the Universe produces new stars, but some are operating at a furious rate while others are only birthing a few baby stars by comparison. Even over the course of a…
A Set of Giant Area Bubbles May Be Spitting Cosmic Rays at Earth

A Set of Giant Area Bubbles May Be Spitting Cosmic Rays...

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The galaxy NGC 3079, located 67 million light-years from Earth, appears to be blowing two enormous gas bubbles near its galactic center. This combined X-ray and optical light image reveals the superbubbles in their gassy glory. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Michigan/J-T Li et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI Astronomers have discovered a distant galaxy that's giddily blowing…

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