astronomy

‘Phoenix’ Aurora Spreads Its ‘Wings’ Over Abandoned Military Power Station in Russia

The majestic, bird-shaped aurora spreads its wings over a destroyed military hydroelectric station, located two hours away from Murmansk, Russia. Credit: Copyright Alexander Stepanenko Against the star-spattered backdrop of the night sky in Russia, glowing green lights of a spectacular aurora rise in the shape of a giant firebird, its wings spread over an abandoned …

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Galaxy discovered by Hubble

Hubble fortuitously discovers a new galaxy in the cosmic neighbourhood

Compass Image of Bedin 1 in NGC 6752. Credit: NASA, ESA, and L. Bedin (Astronomical Observatory of Padua, Italy) January 31, 2019, ESA/Hubble Information Centre Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study some of the oldest and faintest stars in the globular cluster NGC 6752 have made an unexpected finding. They discovered a dwarf …

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Cosmic collisions: SOFIA unravels the mysterious formation of star clusters

Illustration of a star cluster forming from the collision of turbulent molecular clouds, which appear as dark shadows in front of the background galactic star field. Credit: NASA/SOFIA/Lynette Cook November 7, 2018, NASA The sun, like all stars, was born in a giant cold cloud of molecular gas and dust. It may have had dozens …

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Astronomers find pairs of black holes at the centres of merging galaxies

These images reveal the final stage of a union between two galactic nuclei in the messy core of the merging galaxy NGC 6240. The image at left shows the entire galaxy. At right is a close-up of the two brilliant cores of this galactic union. This view, taken in infrared light, pierces the dense cloud …

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