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This image of the Rosette Nebula is based on data obtained as part of the INT Photometric H-Alpha Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane, prepared by Nick Wright, Keele University, on behalf of the IPHAS Collaboration.  The Rosette Nebula is shaped by winds and radiation from the massive stars at its centre. But the... More
Published on Sunday, 01 April 2018 11:01
Massive galaxy cluster RCS2 J2327. (ESO, ESA/Hubble & NASA) This image of massive galaxy cluster RCS2 J2327 combines Hubble Space Telescope images with the mass distribution superposed as a diffuse blue and white image. Arc-like distorted images of distant galaxies can be seen in the midst of the galaxy cluster, but... More
Published on Thursday, 01 February 2018 17:12
Jupiter by JunoCam. (NASA/SwRI/MSSS/G Eichstädt/S Doran)   A spectacular view of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere clouds from the camera on NASA’s Juno spacecraft – with a bit of help from the public. JunoCam is primarily an education and outreach instrument; citizen scientists process raw images from JunoCam with... More
Published on Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00
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