Molecular zoo found in Sculptor Galaxy

Hubble image of NGC 253

A group of research scientists led by Ryo Ando from the University of Tokyo have peered into the starburst galaxy, NGC 253 - also known as the Sculptor Galaxy - to reveal a collection of diverse molecules in never-seen-before resolution. Starburst galaxies like NGC 253 are active star-forming galaxies, and have been major players in … Continue reading Molecular zoo found in Sculptor Galaxy

Exo Belts found orbiting Proxima Centauri

Artist’s impression of the dust belts around Proxima Centauri

Similar to the Asteroid Belt and Kuiper Belt, astronomers using the ALMA Observatory in Chile - part of the European Southern Observatory - have found rings of cold dust orbiting the closest star to the Solar System, Proxima Centauri (or Proxima for short). Proxima - a red dwarf star - is just over four lightyears … Continue reading Exo Belts found orbiting Proxima Centauri