A breathtaking new picture just released by NASA, from their Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Launched in 14 December 2009, WISE finished its testing phase on January 14 2010. In the two months since then it has already produced some spectacular data, and more than a few gorgeous images. A new infrared image from NASA’s Wide-field [...]

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Arkenor on May 2nd, 2008

Cerro Paranal, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, is certainly one of the best astronomical sites on the planet. Stunning images, obtained by ESO staff at Paranal, of the green and blue flashes, as well as of the so-called ‘Gegenschein’, are real cases in point. The Earth’s atmosphere is a gigantic prism that disperses sunlight. [...]

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Arkenor on November 26th, 2007

Rocky terrestrial planets, perhaps like Earth, Mars or Venus, appear to be forming or to have recently formed around a star in the Pleiades (“seven sisters”) star cluster, the result of “monster collisions” of planets or planetary embryos. Astronomers using the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and the Spitzer Space Telescope report their findings in an [...]

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