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News: February 2011

Pan-STARRS scoops 19 asteroids in one night

The Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) clocked 19 near-Earth asteroids during the night of 29 January, setting a record for the most number of asteroids discovered in one night.

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Planet formation in action

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have detected the first object clearing its path in the dusty, short-lived disc surrounding a young star.

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Space shuttle Discovery soars on one last journey

The shuttle Discovery weighed anchor from the Florida spaceport and set sail on her final voyage at 4:53 p.m. EST (2153 GMT) Thursday, embarking with six astronauts for an 11-day journey to bring one last module to the International Space Station.

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Asteroid Kleopatra
spawned twins

An international team of astronomers report that the rubble-pile asteroid Kleopatra gave birth to two moons sometime in the last 100 million years. The report also details the precise orbits of the moons, and yields information on the asteroid’s density.

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Radio telescope
remeasures Universe

Using the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) – ten 25-metre diameter dish antennas spread from Hawaii to the Caribbean – astronomers have made important headway into studies of dark energy, extrasolar planets, and the state of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

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Stardust-NExT charts new territory on comet Tempel-1

After a five-and-a-half year wait since the Deep Impact spacecraft flung a probe into Comet Tempel-1, Stardust-NExT last night revealed the crater that had been obscured from view by the debris ejected in the blast. Significant changes were also seen on the comet's surface as a result of its orbit around the Sun, and new territory was imaged for the first time.

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Reflected glory

The nebula Messier 78 takes centre stage in this image taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, while the stars powering the bright display take a backseat.

ESO IMAGE RELEASE

 

Hubble's new image of a spiral galaxy

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841.

HUBBLE IMAGE RELEASE

 

New view of the North America Nebula

More than 2,000 candidate stars have been detected in the North America Nebula thanks to the infrared eyes of the Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Jupiter sinks titanic asteroid

Jupiter's impressive 2009 scar, which was first spotted by amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley, was likely created by an asteroid the size of the Titanic cruise liner, say scientists who studied the aftermath of the collision.

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Space observatories score
a perfect 10!

This composite image of interacting galaxies Arp 147 reveals a ring of black holes in the once spiral galaxy (right) after its dramatic collision with an elliptical galaxy (left).

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AstroFest 2011: The Universe comes to London!

Catch up on the fantastic two-day event that was AstroFest 2011 by reading our blog.

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2010 Yearbook
Our latest 132-page Astronomy Now special edition is an extravaganza of astronomy for the year ahead, with a complete 30-page guide to observing the planets, moon, meteor showers, two solar eclipses, and the deep sky in 2010.
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Take the tour!
A 100-page special edition from the creators of Astronomy Now magazine, The Grand Tour of the Universe takes readers from one end of the Universe to the other and, in doing so, asks the question "just how big is the Universe?"
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Infinity Rising
This special publication features the photography of British astro-imager Nik Szymanek and covers a range of photographic methods from basic to advanced. Beautiful pictures of the night sky can be obtained with a simple camera and tripod before tackling more difficult projects, such as guided astrophotography through the telescope and CCD imaging.
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Guide to the Constellations
Astronomy Now presents this 100-page, full-colour guide to the 68 constellations visible from the British Isles by Neil Bone, the respected amateur astronomer and writer.
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Exploring Mars
Astronomy Now is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring Mars. The very best images of Mars taken by orbiting spacecraft and NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers fill up the 98 glossy pages of this special edition!
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