Important Message

Important Message

  Hi everyone, For personal reasons I’m probably not able to publish any articles the coming 2 to 3 weeks. Maybe, just maybe I’ll manage to publish a few “Pictures of the Day”. In the meantime you can view the images in the Photo Galleries or some older articles… I’m very sorry for this inconvenience… [continue reading]

Anne's Picture of the Day: Star Cluster IC 348

Anne’s Picture of the Day: Star Cluster IC 348

June 4, 2013 IC 348, an open star cluster in Perseus Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Muzerolle (STScI), E. Furlan (NOAO and Caltech), K. Flaherty (Univ. of Arizona/Steward Observatory), Z. Balog (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy), and R. Gutermuth (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) IC 348 (also known as IC 1985) is a 2 million year old [continue reading]

Anne's Picture of the Day: Dwarf Galaxy ESO 318-13

Anne’s Picture of the Day: Dwarf Galaxy ESO 318-13

June 3, 2013 ESO 318-13, a dwarf galaxy in Antlia Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA ESO 318-13 (also known as the Glitter Galaxy) is an oval-shaped irregular dwarf galaxy located roughly 20 to 30 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Antlia (the Pump). It is receding from us at approximately 720 [continue reading]

Large Population of 'Invisible' Galaxies Discovered

Large Population of ‘Invisible’ Galaxies Discovered

  A research team led by Bunyo Hatsukade, a postdoc researcher, and Kouji Ohta, a professor, both from the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, revealed that approximately 80% of the unidentifiable millimeter wave signals from the Universe is actually emitted from galaxies, based on the observations with ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array). ALMA’s high [continue reading]

Anne's Picture of Day: Planetary Nebula IC 4593

Anne’s Picture of Day: Planetary Nebula IC 4593

June 2, 2013 IC 4593, a planetary nebula in Hercules Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) IC 4593 – also known as the White Eyed Pea – is a faint planetary nebula of some 0.7 light-years across, which is expanding at 12 kilometers per second. It lies roughly 6,800 light-years away [continue reading]

Low-Sodium ‘Diet’ Key to Stellar Old Age

Low-Sodium ‘Diet’ Key to Stellar Old Age

  Astrophysicists have found that contrary to decades of orthodoxy, stars with a high sodium content die before reaching the final, spectacular stages of life. NGC 6752, a globular cluster of stars in our Milky Way galaxy, 13,000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Pavo. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA In a study published [continue reading]