okt 102013
Anne's Image of the Day: The Orion Nebula

October 10, 2013 The Orion Nebula, an emission and reflection nebula in Orion Image Credit & Copyright: Oliver Czernetz The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42 or NGC 1976) is a diffuse emission and reflection nebula of about 24 light-years across, located 1,344 ± 20 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Orion [continue reading]

nov 142012
A Separate Star Cluster Found in Front of the Orion Nebula Cluster

  Using images from the 340 Mpx MegaCam camera on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) from the summit of Mauna Kea, astronomers identified the massive cluster of young stars NGC 1980 to be a clearly separate entity from the main cluster of the most studied star formation region in the Galaxy. A technique relying on the [continue reading]

nov 022012
A Massive Black Hole Exists in the Sword of Orion!

  An international team of astrophysicists, including UQ’s Dr Holger Baumgardt, has shed light on the long-standing mystery of the binding force behind a cluster of unruly and rapidly swirling stars located in the famous Sword of Orion. Overview image of the Orion Nebula with the star cluster at its center.  The possible black hole would [continue reading]

sep 232012
Studying the Chemistry of the Universe with ALMA

  Combining the cutting-edge capabilities of the ALMA telescope with newly-developed laboratory techniques, scientists are opening a completely new era for deciphering the chemistry of the Universe. A research team demonstrated their breakthrough using ALMA data from observations of the gas in a star-forming region in the constellation Orion. Hubble’s sharpest view of the Orion [continue reading]

mrt 022012
Baby Stars And The Sword Of Orion

Astronomers have detected rapid changes in the brightness of embryonic stars within the well-known Orion Nebula, 1,350 light years from Earth, which appears prominently in the winter skies for European observers. Sometimes referred to as the Sword of Orion, the nebula lies below the three stars that form the belt of Orion the Hunter, one [continue reading]