STELLAR CHEMISTRY
A Ghostly Green Bubble
glowing-green-planetary-nebula-ic-1295-lgMunich, Germany (SPX) Apr 12, 2013 – This intriguing new picture from ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows the glowing green planetary nebula IC 1295 surrounding a dim and dying star located about 3300 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). This is the most detailed picture of this object ever taken. Stars the size of the Sun end their lives as tiny and faint white dwarf stars. But as they make the final tr … more

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURN DAILY
Blame it on the Rain (from Saturn’s Rings)
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2013 – A new study tracks the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and finds there is more of it and it falls across larger areas of the planet than previously thought. The study, whose observations were funded by NASA and whose analysis was led by the University of Leicester, England, reveals that the rain influences the composition and temperature structure of parts o … more