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News: January 2011

Hubble pushes to the limit

Ultra-deep imaging of the Universe conducted by the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a galaxy located 13.2 billion light years away, when the Universe was just four percent of its current age. The discovery beats the previous distance record holder by roughly 150 million light years.

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Supergiant star gains
thick dusty waist

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have spied a hot supergiant star on the verge of death that is sporting a thick, dusty waist band usually only associated with young stars.

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Runaway star races
through space

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, WISE, has photographed a speeding star as it hurtles through space at nearly 90,000 kilometres per hour.

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Stardust spacecraft chases Deep Impact's comet

NASA's comet-chasing Stardust spacecraft is gearing up for a Valentine's Day date with Comet Tempel-1. Previously visited by Deep Impact six years ago, the rendezvous will be the first to examine the changes to a comet after it has journeyed around the Sun.

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The Orion Nebula:
Still full of surprises

This nebula is much more than just a pretty face, offering astronomers a close-up view of a massive star-forming region to help advance our understanding of stellar birth and evolution.

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Close encounters of a cometary kind

On 4 November 2010 the Deep Impact spacecraft swooped passed hyperactive Comet Hartley 2. Members of the science team spoke to Astronomy Now about the flyby, the comet's unusual characteristics, and the excitement in the control room as the first images were downloaded.

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Hubble homes in on
Hanny's Voorwerp

The Hubble Space Telescope has zoomed in on the mysterious green cloud of gas known as Hanny's Voorwerp (after the Dutch school teacher Hanny van Arkel who discovered it using the citizen science project Galaxy Zoo) to reveal a zone of star formation.

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Astronomers weigh heavy black hole neighbour

By making detailed measurements of the black hole that lies in nearby galaxy M87, astronomers have found that its mass is equivalent to 6.6 billion Suns.

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Black hole pairs destined
for collision

New research has spotted 16 pairs of close-knit black holes cruising for a collision as their host galaxies merge, the largest population of such objects found as a result of a systematic search.

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Watching a galaxy blow
itself to old age

A lenticular-shaped galaxy 100 million light years away is expelling all its star-forming molecular gas, setting itself up for an infertile future where it will form no more stars and become ‘red and dead’.

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Biggest colour image of the night sky

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III (SDSS) has released the largest digital colour image of the sky ever made from millions of 2.8-megapixel images. The complete terapixel image would require 500,000 high definition TVs to view it at full resolution.

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Planck unveils first
science results

The first data catalogue from ESA's Planck mission was released today highlighting the coldest objects in the Universe.

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Astronomers unveil faraway planet of molten rock

Scientists announced Monday the discovery of a blistered planet not much bigger than Earth, the smallest such object ever confirmed beyond the Solar System.

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Life and death in the Andromeda Galaxy

In the most detailed image of the Andromeda Galaxy yet, the Herschel Space Observatory highlights zones of new star formation, while XMM-Newton pinpoints dying stars.

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VISTA stares deeply into the Blue Lagoon

This new infrared image of the Lagoon Nebula was captured as part of a five-year study of the Milky Way using ESO's VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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Cosmic collisions not guilty of powering active galaxies

Using data from the Cosmological Evolution Survey (COSMOS), astronomers have found that collisions and merging events are not necessarily responsible for the violent black hole activity observed in the centres of some galaxies.

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2010 Yearbook
Our latest 132-page Astronomy Now special edition is an extravaganza of astronomy for the year ahead, with a complete 30-page guide to observing the planets, moon, meteor showers, two solar eclipses, and the deep sky in 2010.
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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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