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Special Report Throughout the week we'll be bringing you reports from the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science hosted by the University of Hertfordshire. In addition to news coverage here, check our blog for regular updates.


Older stars can birth planets

Recalculating the ages of young clusters of stars seems to solve apparent discrepancies between star ages and planetary disk formation times, according to Dr Tim Naylor of Exeter University, who presented his work at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science.

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Most distant starbursting galaxies discovered

Galaxies have been observed undergoing furious bursts of star formation during a very early period of the Universe, long before established models of galaxy formation predict that they should.

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Pillars of creation formed in the shadows

The clues are in the shadows, say researchers at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies studying how giant star-forming structures like the famous Pillars of Creations came into existence.

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Chandra sees shock wave blast through galaxy

The Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed a stunning new image documenting the effects of a shock wave blasting through a galaxy, powered by jets of plasma unleashed by the galaxy's central black hole.

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ESO chief excited about Extremely Large Telescope

The Director General of the European Southern Observatory, Tim de Zeeuw, speaks with Astronomy Now editor Keith Cooper about the Extremely Large Telescope project and other aspects of his organisation's work.

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Will the Sun's decline affect climate change?

The lack of current solar activity came under the spotlight today at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science. "Activity is at an all time low since the start of the space age," says Professor Mike Lockwood of the University of Southampton and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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Charged dust offers window into Enceladus interior

Tiny charged particles of ice streaming from Enceladus offer tantalising clues to the interior of this enigmatic Saturnian moon, according to scientists analysing data from the Cassini probe.

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Are imaged planets really failed stars?

Most of the images of exoplanets released towards the end of 2008 may not be planets at all, according to new research presented at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science being held at the University of Hertfordshire.

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An Earth-like world found
Researchers using a European Southern Observatory telescope in Chile confirmed the existence of a rocky Earth-like planet orbiting in the Gliese 581 system where three other, larger worlds have been discovered.
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Outbursting star creates double-lobed nebula

A cataclysmic variable that outburst three years ago now has debris expanding into a 'peanut-shaped' nebula, according to new Hubble Space Telescope images that have been released today at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science.

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"Garden hose" jet trail nebula pictured

A jet trail nebula, a once theoretical object never before seen has been discovered by NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE).

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Exotic dust in comet trail

Comet dust caught in the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere and scooped up by a NASA aircraft had been found to contain grains of dust dating back to before our Solar System formed.

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Organic 'Lego' molecules hint at origins of life's building blocks

An interstellar cloud of gas close to the galactic centre rich in a veritable soup of chemicals has produced its two most complex molecules yet, which are just a step away from organic molecules that are the basis of life as we know it.

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Graveyards of solar systems around dead suns

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to study white dwarves, the dense glowing embers of Sunlike stars, astronomers have found the dusty remains of ancient solar systems.

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Satellite galaxies knocking Newton

The behaviour of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies suggest that Newton's gravitation doesn't apply to them, so say a team of scientists from Germany, Austria and Australia. If this is the case then is a modification of gravity needed?

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Could accelerating Universe be a mirage?

Two astronomers from Durham University have claimed doubt about the idea of an accelerating Universe, in a talk at the 2009 European Week of Astronomy and Space Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Energy ribbons cause explosive solar flares

Tight ribbons of energy on the Sun called sigmoids have been found to cause explosive solar flare events. X-ray telescopes can see these sigmoids in the Sun's corona (it's tenuous outer atmosphere), but models produced by scientists now explain how they form.

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Infant stars run wild in Orion nursery

The Great Nebula of Orion, M42, has been revealed to be a madhouse, containing hundreds of very young stars in close proximity, with powerful jets emanating from their poles and racing away at tens or even hundreds of kilometres per second.

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Failed star triumphs as dwarf role model

One of the coolest brown dwarfs yet discovered, with a surface temperature of 300 degrees Celsius, could turn out to be an invaluable 'Rosetta Stone' for decoding the spectra of other brown dwarfs.

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2009 Yearbook
This 132-page special edition features the ultimate observing guide for 2009, a review of all the biggest news stories of 2008, in depth articles covering all aspects of astronomy and space missions for 2009, previews of International Year of Astronomy events and much, much more.
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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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