aug 202013
Anne's Image of the Day: The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex

August 20, 2013 The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud, a dark nebula in Ophiuchus Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team The Rho Ophiuchi Cloud complex (Rho Oph for short, or the Ophiuchus Molecular Cloud) is a dark nebula of gas and dust within our Milky Way that is located about 460 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of [continue reading]

nov 302012
Brown Dwarfs May Host Rocky Earth-Like Planets

  Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have for the first time found that the outer region of a dusty disk encircling a brown dwarf contains millimeter sized solid grains like those found in denser disks around newborn stars. The surprising finding challenges theories of how rocky, Earth-size planets form, and suggests that rocky planets [continue reading]

aug 292012
Building Blocks of Life Found Around Young Sun-Like Star

  A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star. This is the first time sugar been found in space around such a star, and the discovery shows that the building blocks of life are in the right place, at the [continue reading]