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More than half of the nearby Galaxies have collided other Galaxies.
More than half of the nearby Galaxies have collided other Galaxies.

Hubble's Detailed Look at Stellar Jets.

Dec 6, 2005 Astronomers from Rice University have created an amazing movie of jets of plasma blasting out of a newborn star. This series of images taken five years apart by the Hubble Space Telescope allow Astronomers to track how material flows out of the star. Faster moving particles crash into slower moving material, and the resulting traffic jams create the spectacular shapes in space.

Zeiss Optics in Hubble's Successor.

Dec 6, 2005 Germany's Carl Zeiss Optronics has signed a contract to supply the optical system for two instruments to be installed on the James Webb Space Telescope; the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Due for launch in 2013 on board an Ariane rocket, the telescope will be stationed at a stable position in space called the Lagrangian point L2. JWST will be cooled down to -230 degrees Celsius so that it's highly sensitive Infrared instruments can peer through clouds of gas and dust.

Detailed Cloud Features on Saturn.

Dec 6, 2005 This image of Saturn shows the giant planet's southwest edge, and a hint of thread-like cloud features. The edge of the planet looks smooth, but right at the terminator (the edge between light and dark), it's possible to see these cloud features. The long shadows make the height differences in the clouds visible. Cassini took this image on October 30, 2005 when the spacecraft was 401,000 kilometers (249,000 miles) from Saturn.

Galaxies Colliding All Around Us In The Universe.

Dec 6, 2005 The history of our nearby universe has been dominated by galactic collisions. More than half of the nearby Galaxies have collided other Galaxies in the last 2 billion year according to data from two comprehensive sky surveys. By processing 126 Galaxies in the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey and the Multiwavelength Survey by Yale/Chile, researchers have found that 53% of Galaxies have evidence of long tails of stars trailing away from them; the result of a recent galactic collision.

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