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A supernova in M82

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On January 22, a supernova was discovered in M82 (SN 2014J) in one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way, “only” 4 Megaparsec (4 million parsecs) away. Image of Supernova in M82 obtained in Loiano (INAF Bologna) with the telescope GD Cassini 1.5 Meters (tool BFOSC) January 23. G. Altavilla, R. Gualandi. Source: http://apod.nasa.gov On

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Exploring the Lagoon

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The wide-field telescope in Chile VST gives us this spectacular new vision of one of the most striking nebulae known, or Messier 8, also known as Lagoon. The image was obtained as part of one of the three surveys of the sky where the VST is currently involved. The Lagoon Nebula recovery in this very

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A rare brown dwarf posing for Keck

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A group of researchers used the Keck I and Keck Hawaiians II telescopes to study in detail this brown dwarf of spectral class T. The research has been going on for 17 years, and researchers have used different tools, such as the HIRES and NIRC2. The data are a point of reference for the study

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The Dark Side of the universe

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It was recently launched in the heart of the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, managed by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, the experiment Dark Side -50. Its goal: to go in search of the elusive WIMP, this should be the main constituents of dark matter in the universe. The core of the detector dark matter

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Planet formation in the constellation of the Wolf

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A group of Japanese researchers discovered a site of planet formation around a young star in the Lupus Constellation. The characteristics of this object are: the protoplanetary disk that has a huge distance from the center of the star HD142527 and the dust that is concentrated almost exclusively in the upper part of the ring.

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Cassini examines the moons of Saturn

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Here are two new shots of the probe arrived in orbit of the sixth planet of the solar system in 2004. In the images are the moon Janus, which shares its orbit with Epimetheus (for years a mystery to scientists) and the moon Titan, the most studied by experts. The probe NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini continues to

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It is worth trying the gold asteroid?

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Private companies think of recovering precious metals or rare, with substantial gains. NASA has recently announced its intention to carry out a mission as to engage one probe, tow it out of a parking orbit and then analyze it with astronauts. But maybe things are not so simple. Source: www.jpl.nasa.gov Mining activities on an asteroid.

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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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