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VLT Sees Newborn Stars in Emission Nebula Gum 26

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 12:25 PM PST

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a stunning image snapped by the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph (FORS) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope of Gum 26, an emission nebula located some 20,000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Vela. Emission nebulae are glowing clouds of ionized hydrogen gas that, as the […]
Wolf Puppies Play Fetch Too, Researchers Find

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 10:48 AM PST

In a series of experiments, a duo of researchers from the Department of Zoology at Stockholm University has observed eight-week-old wolf puppies spontaneously responding to social-communicative behaviors from an unfamiliar person by retrieving a ball. These observations come as a surprise because it had been hypothesized that the cognitive abilities necessary to understand cues given […]
Fossils of Earliest Known Scorpion Discovered

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 07:47 AM PST

The exceptionally preserved fossils of the oldest species of scorpion ever found have been unearthed in Wisconsin, the United States. The newly-discovered ancient scorpion lived around 437 million years ago during the early Silurian period. Dubbed Parioscorpio venator, the animal was about 2.5 cm (one inch) long — about the same size as many extant […]
New Species of Titi Monkey Discovered in Brazil

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 06:37 AM PST

An international team of researchers has discovered a new species of titi monkey living in the forests of Brazil. Titi monkeys are one of the most diverse Neotropical primate groups, with over 30 species currently recognized. These tree-dwelling monkeys are small, between 23 and 46 cm (9-18 inches) tall. They have long, soft fur and […]
Hubble Views Face-On Barred Spiral Galaxy

Posted: 20 Jan 2020 02:06 AM PST

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a beautiful spiral galaxy called NGC 1022. NGC 1022 was discovered by the German-born British astronomer William Herschel on September 10, 1785. The galaxy is located some 62 million light-years away in the constellation Cetus. Also known as LEDA 10010 or IRAS 02360-0653, NGC 1022 is officially classified […]

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