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]

jun 152012
Distant Starburst Galaxy Pinpointed... and it has Companions

  An international team of astronomers led by Fabian Walter of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has managed for the first time to determine the distance of the galaxy HDF850.1, well-known among astronomers as being one of the most productive star-forming galaxies in the observable universe. The galaxy is at a distance of 12.5 [continue reading]

jun 032012
Hunting Exoplanets with Laser Rulers

  Laser frequency combs can be used for the calibration of astronomical spectrographs. This will help to find extra-solar planets, i.e. planets that are orbiting a star outside our solar-system. By refining this technology it might become possible to directly measure even very small changes in the expansion velocity of the universe.   Artist’s impression [continue reading]

mei 102012
New Molecules and Star Formation in the Milky Way

  GREAT Results of the Early Science Flights with SOFIA: SOFIA, the “Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy”, completed its first series of science flights, using the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT). The scientific results are now being published in a special issue of the European journal “Astronomy& Astrophysics” (Volume 542, May 10) [continue reading]