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The magic of the stars on the mirror of MAGIC

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This shot shows the trail left by the stars (star trails – most commonly known), caused by the rotation of the Earth, captured with a long exposure time. The photo is striking because the tails of stars are reflected on the mirror of one of the two telescopes Major Atmospheric Gamma- ray Imaging Cherenkov, which

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The Tarantula as never seen before

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Astronomers are exploring and mapping this nebula as part of the Hubble Treasury Project Tarantula (HTTP), in an attempt to understand its stellar anatomy. Source: www.nasa.gov Spectacular. You cannot otherwise define the Hubble image that gives us the Tarantula Nebula. An image of this fascinating region full of star clusters, glowing gas and dark dust.

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Mars and its moon Phobos

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In Washington, took place one of the most important summits of the last years. For two days we talk about politics and talk about science, but mostly we talk about exploration, robotics and human interplanetary space. Everything happens because NASA does understand that, finally, we have to return to think big. And then they all

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The strangest black holes in universe

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What are the black holes? Do they really exist? Often we have found ourselves saying, “My desk has become a black hole.” They have always been the center of research astronomers. These cosmic objects, in fact, have captured our imagination since they were laid down by Einstein in his theory of general relativity in 1915.

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Extraterrestrial life: part of the countdown

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The discovery of other life forms in the universe could happen in the next decade. This is the view of one of the most quoted scientists today, of Sara Seager, an astronomer and professor at the MIT in Boston. “Today, for the first time in history, we possess the competence for finding life on other

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The two hearts of the Pinwheel

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A new image from Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy Messier 83 in all its glory. Already known for the high number of supernovae, the Southern Pinwheel reserves a new surprise: a double nucleus at the center of the spiral. The trip of the galaxy M83 Hubble. Source: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI

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Stars on the run in hyperspeed

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Discovered a surprising new class of hypervelocity stars, stars that move in a solitary fast enough to escape the gravitational embrace of the Milky Way.   Source: Julie Turner, Vanderbilt University / NASA / ESO Plan view and cutting of the Milky Way with the positions and directions of some of the new class of hypervelocity

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When a star dies

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The long glow in X-rays coming from Abell 1795 galactic storage recorded by NASA’s Chandra space telescope would be the last act of the end of a star torn apart by an intermediate-mass black hole. Source: X-ray, NASA / CXC / Univ. of Alabama / WPMaksym et al & NASA / CXC / GSFC / UMD

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Discoveries of 2013

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A number of important scientific and astronomical events have characterized 2013. Among them would be the discovery of numerous extra solar planets similar to Earth and a number of galaxies, comets and asteroids that have intrigued the experts for the interesting aspects of a scientific level. Astronomers, therefore, have come a year basically full of

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