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OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: MUSE takes aim
The four-laser guide star at the VLT. (ESO/R Bacon)  The view from inside one of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescopes at Paranal, Chile, where MUSE, the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer, is now working with a four-laser adaptive optics system to obtain sharper images. The Adaptive Optics Facility... More
Published on Sunday, 08 October 2017 15:39
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Deceptively active M77
Spiral galaxy M77. (ESO)This is Messier 77, a textbook spiral galaxy appearing serene despite the active galactic nucleus at its centre. M77 is a bright object, and particularly bright at infrared wavelengths, as a Type II Seyfert Galaxy. In this false-colour image, H-alpha is rendered in pink, highlighting the young hot... More
Published on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:44
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Making waves in Perseus galaxy cluster
Simulation of hot gas in the Perseus Cluster. (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S Walker et al.) Data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and The Karl G Jansky Very Large Array has been combined with computer simulations to produce this image of hot gas in the Perseus Cluster. The gas is spiralling out from the centre,... More
Published on Thursday, 08 June 2017 13:44
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Hubble’s Final Frontier
Galaxy cluster Abell 370. (NASA, ESA, J Lotz and HFF Team [STScI]) The last of the six Frontier Fields imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope centres on the giant galaxy cluster Abell 370, 4 billion light years away. This visible and near-infrared image shows not only the several hundred gravitationally bound... More
Published on Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:32
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: ESA posts another Sentinel
The Gobi Desert, imaged by Sentinel. (Copernicus Sentinel data 2015/ESA)  The second Sentinel 2 satellite was launched successfully on 7 March. Sentinel 2A is already in orbit. Together the two satellites will provide global high-resolution Earth observation imagery, optimized for land use analysis, climate change and... More
Published on Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:31
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Jets get a turbo boost
 Merging galaxies. (X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R van Weeren et al. Optical: NAOJ/Subaru. Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRT)   This image combines X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio imagery from the Giant Metrewave Telescope in India and optical data from Japan’s Subaru telescope in Hawaii, in a field of... More
Published on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:28
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Happy tenth birthday Hinode
(NASA/JAXA/Hinode)   The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission, with NASA, UKSA and ESA participation, celebrated 10 years of solar observations in September 2016. Hinode was designed to examine the magnetic behaviour of the Sun, focusing on magnetic field generation and transport, energy flow from... More
Published on Thursday, 08 December 2016 07:03
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Grazing galaxies produce ephemeral eyelids
 Galaxies IC2163 (left) and NGC2207 (right) recently grazed past each other, triggering a tsunami of stars and gas in IC2163 and producing the dazzling eyelid-like features there. This ALMA image of carbon monoxide (orange), which revealed the motion of the gas in these features, is shown on top of Hubble image (blue) of... More
Published on Thursday, 01 December 2016 06:52
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Landing Schiaparelli
(ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)   Europe’s ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module, Schiaparelli, will land on a relatively smooth, flat part of Meridiani Planum, just northwest of Endeavour Crater, on 19 October. In this topographic image, red and white represent higher ground, blue and purple,... More
Published on Saturday, 01 October 2016 13:12
 
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Time-lapse Crab
The Crab Nebula. (NASA and ESA, J Hester [ASU] and M Weisskopf [NASA/GSFC])  This new Hubble Heritage image of the Crab nebula supernova remnant combines images taken in different wavelengths and at different times to give an impression of the evolution of this pulsar system. This image uses data from the Hubble Space... More
Published on Monday, 01 August 2016 10:16