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Jan 11

ESO’s Hidden Treasures Brought to Light

Credit: ESO Organisation Release eso1102


Mosaic composed of some of the winning entries for ESO’s
Hidden Treasures 2010 astrophotography competition.
Image credit: ESO/ESO's Hidden Treasures 2010 winners

ESO’s Hidden Treasures 2010 astrophotography competition attracted nearly 100 entries, and ESO is delighted to announce the winners. Hidden Treasures gave amateur astronomers the opportunity to search ESO’s vast archives of astronomical data for a well-hidden cosmic gem. Astronomy enthusiast Igor Chekalin from Russia won the first prize in this difficult but rewarding challenge — the trip of a lifetime to ESO’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal, Chile. (read more)

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Jan 11

Fermi discovers thunderstorms make Antimatter

Source: NASA Science News


An artist's concept of antimatter spraying above a thunderhead.
Image credit:NASA

At any given moment, about 1800 thunderstorms are in progress somewhere around the globe. New observations by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope show that many of these thunderstorms may be making antimatter.(read more)

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Jan 11

A Hole in the Sun's Corona

Credits: NASA

NASA has released a video of the Solar Dynamics Observatory showing a solar corona hole observed on January 10th, 2011. Coronal holes are areas of the sun's surface that are the source of open magnetic field lines that head way out into space. They are also the source regions of the fast solar wind, which "blows" at a relatively steady clip of about 3 million km/h.(view at NASA)

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