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Clouds of stars

8 June 2022 Keith Cooper

The greatest survey yet of the Milky Way Galaxy’s two main satellites, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds has resolved an astonishing 360 million objects – stars, clusters and nebulae.

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Mountaintop majesty

27 May 2022 Keith Cooper

The sweeping river of stars that is the Milky Way ribbons over Cerro Paranal in Chile, home to the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (on the peak to the left) and the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, VISTA (on the peak to the far right).

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A pimple on Jupiter

26 May 2022 Keith Cooper

During the thirty-sixth close approach of the gas giant planet Jupiter by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, it snapped a raw image of tumultuous clouds in the South Temperate Belt.

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A rung on the cosmic measuring ladder

25 May 2022 Keith Cooper

When measuring the Hubble constant by mapping the properties of the cosmic microwave background radiation to the standard model of cosmology, astronomers get a value of about 69 kilometres per second per megaparsec.

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A hidden giant

18 May 2022 Keith Cooper

The star hidden inside this spectacular dusty cocoon is not only a red giant, but also a rare stellar breed known as a carbon star.