aug 222013
A Close Look at Drama of Starbirth

  Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have obtained a vivid close-up view of material streaming away from a new-born star. By looking at the glow coming from carbon monoxide molecules in an object called Herbig-Haro 46-47 they have discovered that its jets are even more energetic than previously thought. The very detailed [continue reading]

mei 222013
Anne's Picture of the Day: Protoplanetary Nebula Henize 3-1475

May 22, 2013 Henize 3-1475, a protoplanetary nebula in Sagittarius Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Henize 3-1475 (Hen 3-1475 for short, and also known as IRAS 17423-1755) is a bipolar protoplanetary nebula located around 18,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (the Archer). The nebula – nicknamed the Garden-sprinkler Nebula – is [continue reading]

mei 172013
Giant Outbursts from Binary Star System Revealed

  Using the new KAT-7 telescope in the Karoo and the existing 26 m radio telescope at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO), South African and international astronomers have observed a neutron star system known as Circinus X-1 as it fires energetic matter from its core in extensive, compact jets that flare brightly. The details [continue reading]

feb 282013
The Mystery of a Super-Fast Spinning Supermassive Black Hole

  Two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our Sun.  This artist’s concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to [continue reading]

jan 282013
Possible Birth Of A Quasar Witnessed

  Sighting may help improve understanding of the early Universe   Scientists in Australia believe they’ve identified a quasar in the process of lighting up, for the very first time. This discovery could help scientists answer lingering questions about how these exceptionally bright celestial bodies form, and how they helped the ancient Universe shape today’s galaxies. [continue reading]

jan 172013
Anne's Picture of the Day: Planetary Nebula Fleming 1

January 17, 2013 Fleming 1, a planetary nebula in Centaurus Image Credit: ESO/H. Boffin Fleming 1 is a planetary nebula that lies about 10,000 light-years away in the constellation of Centaurus, while moving away from us at approximately 28.6 kilometers per second. It is named after the Scottish astronomer Williamina Fleming, who discovered the nebula [continue reading]