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A stellar nursery bubbles up in the Large Magellanic Cloud

8 February 2019 Astronomy Now

Vast bubbles of ionised hydrogen gas are illuminated by hot young stars in gargantuan stellar nurseries like this one in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud. This complex assembly of bubbles is host to a wide variety of objects, including one massive stellar object emitting a 33-lightyear-long jet.

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A dying star’s brief moment of glory

22 January 2019 Astronomy Now

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope captured a dramatic view of the colourful clouds of gas blown away from a red giant in the process of becoming a compact, slowly-cooling dwarf star.

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A dazzling swirl of suns in the northern sky

13 January 2019 Astronomy Now

NGC 6946, nicknamed the “Fireworks Galaxy,” presents a dazzling spectacle in the northern sky between the constellations Cygnus and Cepheus as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope and Japan’s Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.