Chemical Surprise Found in Crab Nebula

Astronomers have discovered a rare chemical pairing in the remains of an exploded star called the Crab Nebula. A gas thought to be a loner has made a “friend,” linking up with a chemical partner to form
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Europe’s Herschel Hunts Massive Stars

In this new view of a vast star-forming cloud called W3, the Herschel space observatory tells the story of how massive stars are born. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with NASA contributions. W3 is a giant gas cloud containing an enormous stellar nursery, some 6,200 (more...)

Cool, New Views of Andromeda Galaxy

Two new eye-catching views from the European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory are fit for a princess. They show the elegant spiral galaxy Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty. The Andromeda galaxy lies 2 million light-years away, and is the closest large (more...)

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