Astronomy News

On this page we bring you a round up of the latest news and information using data feeds direct from the some of the major websites in the world of Astronomy and Astrophotography.

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  • Discovering Fine Structure in the Outer Corona

    Scientists use special STEREO campaign data and state-of-the-art image processing to reveal the structure of the solar corona as it flows outward to become the solar wind.

  • 3 NASA Satellites Recreate Solar Eruption in 3-D

    The more solar observatories, the merrier: Scientists have developed new models to see how shocks associated with coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, propagate from the Sun - an effort made possible only by combining data from three NASA satellites to produce a much more robust mapping of a CME than any one could do alone.

European Southern Observatory

  • Elliptical Elegance
    A glittering host of galaxies populate this rich image taken with ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope, a state-of-the-art 2.6-m telescope designed for surveying the sky in visible light. The features of the multitude of galaxies strewn across the image allow astronomers to uncover the most delicate details of galactic structure.
  • Stellar Corpse Reveals Origin of Radioactive Molecules
    Astronomers using ALMA and NOEMA have made the first definitive detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space. The radioactive part of the molecule is an isotope of aluminium. The observations reveal that the isotope was dispersed into space after the collision of two stars, that left behind a remnant known as CK Vulpeculae. This is the first time that a direct observation has been made of this element from a known source. Previous identifications of this isotope have come from the detection of gamma rays, but their precise origin had been unknown.