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HII Regions in the Milky Way
Mapping the Milky Way
January 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm | News Release

Astronomers have discovered hundreds of previously-unknown sites of massive star formation in the Milky Way, including the most distant such objects yet found in our home Galaxy.

NGC 660
Massive Outburst in Neighbor Galaxy
January 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm | News Release

The surprising discovery of a massive outburst in a neighboring galaxy is giving astronomers a tantalizing look at what likely is a powerful belch by a gorging black hole at the galaxy’s center.

Artist's conception of HD142527
ALMA Sees Star and Planets Grow Together
January 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm | News Release

Astronomers have used the ALMA telescope to get their first glimpse of a fascinating stage of star formation in which planets forming around a young star are helping the star itself continue to grow, resolving a longstanding mystery.

Technician Juan Carlos Gatica
Powerful Supercomputer Makes ALMA a Telescope
December 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm | News Release

One of the most powerful calculating machines known to the civilian world has been installed and tested in a remote, high-altitude site in the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, marking one of the major remaining milestones toward completion of the most elaborate ground-based telescope in history, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array.

Andromeda Galaxy
Microquasar Found in Neighbor Galaxy, Tantalizing Scientists
December 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm | News Release

For the first time, astronomers have found a microquasar — a black hole devouring material from a companion star — in a galaxy beyond our own Milky Way.

Artist's conception of infant solar system
Astronomers Discover and Weigh Infant Solar System
December 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm | News Release

Astronomers have found the youngest still-forming solar system yet seen, an infant star surrounded by a swirling disk of dust and gas more than 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.

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