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OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Spectacular Saturn and its ring system from Cassini
  Saturn's rings. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)   This enhanced colour image of Saturn was taken by the joint NASA, ESA and Italian Space Agency mission Cassini, capturing the system while the Sun was behind the planet. This unusual high-phase view is from about 19° below the ring plane and uses... More
Published on Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Swirling storms on Saturn
  Saturn's north pole. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)   Cassini continues to explore Saturn and its moons and rings and has revealed striking cloud patterns at Saturn’s north pole, now in sunlight as the seasons change. Saturn’s north pole has been imaged in infrared in the past, revealing a hexagonal feature... More
Published on Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: A superbubble in the LMC
  Multiwavelength image of a superbubble. (Optical: ESO. X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Mich./S Oey. IR: NASA/JPL)     The image above shows a superbubble in the star-forming region LHA 120-N44 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Massive stars in the cluster NGC 1929 at the centre have vigorous stellar winds and end... More
Published on Monday, 01 October 2012 00:00
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Jet streams on Saturn
 A jet stream, shown in this near-infrared image from Cassini as a narrow orange band, cutting across the zones of Saturn’s atmosphere. Reds and oranges indicate clouds deep in the atmosphere, yellows and greens indicate intermediate clouds, and white and blue indicate high clouds and haze.... More
Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00
  Centaurus A. (ALMA [ESO/NAOJ/NRAO], ESO/Y Beletsky)     This is what ALMA can show of the dusty centre of radio galaxy Centaurus A. ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimetre Array, is still under construction and is in its early science phase of observations, but is already the most powerful telescope of its... More
Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: VISTA views a vast ball of stars
  Globular cluster M55 in the infrared. (ESO/J Emerson/VISTA Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit)   This infrared image of globular cluster Messier 55 from ESO’s VISTA infrared survey telescope shows approximately one hundred thousand stars packed within a sphere with a diameter of only about 25 times the distance... More
Published on Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Herschel reveals a new swan in Cygnus-X
  The Cygnus-X star-formation region in the infrared. (ESA/PACS/SPIRE/Martin Hennemann & Frédérique Motte, Laboratoire AIM Paris-Saclay, CEA/Irfu – CNRS/INSU – Univ. Paris Diderot, France)   This far-infrared view of the Cygnus-X star-formation region from ESA’s Herschel space observatory combines data... More
Published on Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Dawn begins mapping Vesta
  The surface of the asteroid Vesta. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)   NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has reached its high-altitude mapping orbit at 680km above the surface of asteroid Vesta and is producing extensive images. This false-colour map of the south pole of the body was created with stereo images from... More
Published on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:00
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Twinkle twinkle little protostar
Star formation in the Orion Nebula. (NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech/IRAM) A combination of data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory has produced this more complete image of star formation in the Orion Nebula. Spitzer data cover shorter infrared wavelengths than Herschel, but combining the two, as... More
Published on Sunday, 08 April 2012 00:00
OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Galaxy collisions show new dark matter behaviour
  The core of merging galaxy cluster Abell 520 formed from a violent collision of massive galaxy clusters. False-colour maps show the concentration of starlight (orange), hot gas (green) and dark matter. The blue areas pinpoint the location of most of the mass, which is dominated by dark matter. The blue and green in... More
Published on Sunday, 01 April 2012 00:00