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Mar 10

Planck sees tapestry of cold dust

Source: ESA

Giant filaments of cold dust stretching through our Galaxy are revealed in a new image from ESA's Planck satellite. Analyzing these structures could help to determine the forces that shape our Galaxy and trigger star formation.(read more)

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18
Mar 10

First Temperate Exoplanet Sized Up

Source: ESO Science Release eso1011

Combining observations from the CoRoT satellite and the ESO HARPS instrument, astronomers have discovered the first “normal” exoplanet that can be studied in great detail. Designated Corot-9b, the planet regularly passes in front of a star similar to the Sun located 1500 light-years away from Earth towards the constellation of Serpens (the Snake).(read more)

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