Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 15 Dec 2009, 14:28 UTC December 15, 2009: About 550 light-years from Earth, a star like our Sun is writhing in its death throes. Chi Cygni has swollen in size to become a red giant star so large that it would swallow every planet out to Mars in our solar system.
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 15 Dec 2009, 14:00 UTC Get larger image formatsJust in time for the holidays: a Hubble Space Telescope picture postcard of hundreds of brilliant blue stars wreathed by warm, glowing clouds. The festive portrait is the most detailed view of the largest stellar nursery in our local galactic neighborhood. The massive, young stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. There is no known star-forming region in our galaxy as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus.Many of the diamond-like icy blue stars are among the most massive stars known. Several of them are over 100 times more massive than our Sun. These hefty stars are destined to pop off, like a string of firecrackers, as supernovas in a few million years.
ESA Top News 15 Dec 2009, 12:20 UTC Today at the Paris headquarters of the French space agency (CNES), Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, and Thierry Duquesne, CNES Director for Strategy, Programmes and International Relations, signed an agreement that paves the way for the launch of a high-accuracy atomic clock to be attached to the outside of the European Columbus laboratory onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 14 Dec 2009, 20:12 UTC NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, lifted off over the Pacific Ocean this morning on its way to map the entire sky in infrared light.
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Hubble Space Telescope News 14 Dec 2009, 15:00 UTC A collection of 30 never-before-released images of embryonic planetary systems in the Orion Nebula are the highlight of the longest single Hubble Space Telescope project ever dedicated to the topic of...
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 13 Dec 2009, 20:12 UTC The tower around the Delta II rocket carrying the WISE spacecraft has been rolled back, in preparation for a Monday morning launch.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 11 Dec 2009, 20:12 UTC When it flies by Saturn's largest moon, Titan, this weekend, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will study the interactions between the magnetic field of Saturn and Titan.