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A close look at the Toby Jug Nebula

ESO's Very Large Telescope has captured a remarkably detailed image of the Toby Jug Nebula, a cloud of gas and dust surrounding a red giant star. This view shows the characteristic arcing structure of the nebula, which, true to its name, does indeed look a little like a jug with a handle.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2013

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First ever evidence of a comet striking Earth

The first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2013

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Terahertz sensor aiming for Jupiter's moons

A high performance terahertz receiver aiming for space missions such as ESA's 'Jupiter icy moons explorer' has been developed in a joint European effort, led by Chalmers University of Technology.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2013

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Looking at planets in other solar systems

An EU-funded project is developing direct methods for actually acquiring an image of planets. We could soon be one step closer to answering the age-old question of whether life exists on any other planet beyond Earth.

Posted: Oct 4th, 2013

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Desert trial for ESA Mars rover

Next week will see ESA's most ambitious planetary rover test yet. Robotic exploration of a Mars-like desert in South America will be overseen from the UK, providing experience for future missions to the Red Planet.

Posted: Oct 4th, 2013

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ALMA discovers large 'hot' cocoon around a small baby star

An international research team, led by researcher at the University of Electro-Communication observed an infrared dark cloud G34.43+00.24 MM3 with ALMA and discovered a baby star surrounded by a large hot cloud. This hot cloud is about ten times larger than those found around typical solar-mass baby stars.

Posted: Oct 4th, 2013

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Student-built satellite launched into Earth orbit

A small satellite designed and built by a team of University of Colorado Boulder students to better understand how atmospheric drag can affect satellite orbits was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday morning.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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Final antenna delivered to ALMA

The final antenna for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project has just been handed over to the ALMA Observatory. The 12-metre-diameter dish was manufactured by the European AEM Consortium and also marks the successful delivery of a total of 25 European antennas.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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Herschel helps find elusive signals from the early universe

Using a telescope in Antarctica and ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have made the first detection of a subtle twist in the relic radiation from the Big Bang, paving the way towards revealing the first moments of the Universe's existence.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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