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News: October 2011

 

Youngest planet imaged
as it forms

Using the ten-metre Keck telescopes, astronomers have snapped the first direct image of a super-Jupiter planet in the act of formation. The image above is an artist's impression of what this assembling solar system might look like.

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Cold asteroid with
a warm heart

Asteroid 21 Lutetia may be hiding a once molten metal-rich core underneath its battered surface, say planetary scientists analysing data from the Rosetta spacecraft that swooped past the ancient asteroid last summer.

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Herschel and Spitzer find water in alien solar systems

Vast reservoirs of frozen water have been detected by the Herschel Space Observatory in a planet-forming disc around a young star, while the Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence for cometary bodies raining in on a nearby solar system.

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Galactic dark matter survey reveals the invisible

Studies of galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847, imaged by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, have kicked off a dark matter census project as part of a multiwavelength survey called the Cluster Lensing and Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH) and is set to allow astronomers to construct the most detailed map of dark matter in galaxy clusters ever made.

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VISTA discovers new clusters and sees through Milky Way

VISTA's latest discoveries include two new globular clusters and the first open cluster found far beyond the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy.

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Telescopes with altitude: VLT

Emily Baldwin visits ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile, where some of the greatest astronomical discoveries have been made.

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Telescopes with altitude: ALMA

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array opened its eyes on the Universe earlier this month. Emily Baldwin travelled to the 5,000 metre high desert location in Chile to find out how construction of the 66-strong telescope array is progressing.

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Brown dwarf bounty includes stunted "failed star"

Using the Japanese Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and the European Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile to study two compact star clusters, an international team of astronomers has discovered dozens of free-floating brown dwarfs, one of which is a lightweight six Jupiter masses.

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Clearing the cosmic fog from the early Universe

Using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) to study the Universe's early galaxies, astronomers have established when the Universe became transparent to ultraviolet light, a period of time known as the reionization epoch.

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Ozone layer discovered in Venus' atmosphere

ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has discovered a thin ozone layer high in the planet's atmosphere, a result that will help test ideas for finding suitable atmospheric conditions for life on other worlds outside of our Solar System.

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Europe plans solar orbiter and dark energy probe

The European Space Agency has selected a satellite to fly scorchingly close to the sun and a probe to map the structure of the universe for launch in 2017 and 2019.

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Powerful new telescope array opens eyes on Universe

A crucial step for the world’s most powerful ground-based telescope array, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) took its first science observations this weekend, of the colliding Antennae galaxies.

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UK astronomers reach new heights with giant telescope

The Science Technology and Facilities Council (STFC) confirmed today that it will provide UK scientists with £3.5 million to fund development of key instruments for the planned European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which at 39.3 metres in diameter, will be the biggest optical and infrared telescope in the world.

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Nuclear power to the stars

To send spacecraft to other stars in the space of a human lifetime, new methods of propulsion are going to be needed to provide the necessary ‘oomph’ to break free of our Solar System.

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Asteroid census reduces risk to Earth

The world is a safer place today after it was announced that 93 percent of all near-Earth asteroids larger than a kilometre have been identified, and none of the them pose a risk to Earth.

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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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