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Hubble Image of the Week: Young Elliptical Galaxy NGC 3610

November 16, 2015

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Hubble Views Young Elliptical Galaxy NGC 3610

This newly released Hubble image shows elliptical galaxy NGC 3610, which is located 70 million light-years away. At the center of this amazing image is the elliptical galaxy NGC 3610. Surrounding the galaxy are a wealth of other galaxies of all shapes. There are spiral galaxies, galaxies with a bar in their central regions, distorted […]

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NASA Spots Giant Gathering of Galaxies Located 8.5 billion Light-Years Away

November 4, 2015

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NASA Views Giant Gathering of Galaxies Located 8.5 billion Light-Years Away

Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, a team of astronomers has discovered a giant gathering of galaxies located 8.5 billion light-years away. The galaxy cluster (called MOO J1142+1527) is in a very remote part of the universe and is the most massive structure yet found at such great distances. Galaxy clusters […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Starburst Galaxy Messier 94

October 19, 2015

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Hubble Views Starburst Galaxy Messier 94

This newly released Hubble images shows starburst galaxy Messier 94, which is roughly 16 million light-years away. This image shows the galaxy Messier 94, which lies in the small northern constellation of the Hunting Dogs. Within the bright ring around Messier 94 new stars are forming at a high rate and many young, bright stars […]

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A Shy Galactic Neighbor – The Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy

September 16, 2015

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ESO Views the Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy

This new image from the Wide Field Imager camera on the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory shows the Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy, which is a close neighbor of the Milky Way. Despite their close proximity, both the Milky Way and the Sculptor Galaxy have very distinct histories and characters. The Sculptor Galaxy is […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – The Sunflower Galaxy (Messier 63)

September 7, 2015

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New Hubble Image of the Sunflower Galaxy Messier 63

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy Messier 63, which is also known as the Sunflower Galaxy. The arrangement of the spiral arms in the galaxy Messier 63, seen here in a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, recall the pattern at the center of a sunflower. So the nickname for this […]

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

July 20, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy NGC 1140, which is located 60 million light-years away. This dramatic image shows the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s view of dwarf galaxy known as NGC 1140, which lies 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus. As can be seen in this image NGC 1140 has […]

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New Hubble View of Galaxy ESO 381-12

July 13, 2015

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Hubble Views Ghostly Shells of Galaxy ESO 381-12

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new image of the ghostly shells of galaxy ESO 381-12, set against a backdrop of distant galaxies. The strikingly uneven structure and the clusters of stars that orbit around the galaxy suggest that ESO 381-12 may have been part of a dramatic collision sometime in its relatively recent […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy LEDA 89996

July 6, 2015

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy LEDA 89996

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy J04542829-6625280. This little-known galaxy, officially named J04542829-6625280, but most often referred to as LEDA 89996, is a classic example of a spiral galaxy. The galaxy is much like our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The disc-shaped galaxy is seen face on, revealing the winding structure of the […]

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Hubble Image of Wolf-Rayet Galaxy SBS 1415+437

July 2, 2015

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Hubble Views Wolf-Rayet Galaxy SBS 1415+437

Hubble gets a closer look Wolf-Rayet galaxy SBS 1415+437, a star-bursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf-Rayet stars. This NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble Space Telescope picture shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 (also called SDSS CGB 12067.1), located about 45 million light-years from Earth. These […]

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Hubble Views Starbursting Galaxy SBS 1415+437

June 29, 2015

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Hubble Space Telescope Views Galaxy SBS 1415+437

This Hubble image of the week shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 or SDSS CGB 12067.1, which is located roughly 45 million light-years from Earth. SBS 1415+437 is a Wolf–Rayet galaxy, a type of starbursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf–Rayet stars. These stars can be […]

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Giant Galaxy Messier 87 is Still Growing

June 25, 2015

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The huge halo around giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87 appears on this very deep image. An excess of light in the top-right part of this halo, and the motion of planetary nebulae in the galaxy, are the last remaining signs of a medium-sized galaxy that recently collided with Messier 87.

The image also reveals many other galaxies forming the Virgo Cluster, of which Messier 87 is the largest member. In particular, the two galaxies at the top right of the frame are nicknamed "the Eyes".

According to new observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope, the giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87 has swallowed an entire medium-sized galaxy over the last billion years. This is the first time a team of astronomers has been able to track the motions of 300 glowing planetary nebulae to find clear evidence of this event. They […]

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Astronomers Discover 11 Runaway Elliptical Galaxies

April 24, 2015

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Astronomers Find Runaway Galaxies

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Moscow State University have discovered 11 isolated compact elliptical galaxies that have been flung out of their homes to wander the void of intergalactic space. Cambridge, Massachusetts – We know of about two dozen runaway stars, and have even found one runaway star cluster escaping its galaxy […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: The Beautiful Side of IC 335

December 22, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Galaxy IC 335

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy IC 335, which is located 60 million light-years away. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the galaxy IC 335 in front of a backdrop of distant galaxies. IC 335 is part of a galaxy group containing three other galaxies, and located in the Fornax Galaxy […]

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Chandra Measures Massive Galaxy Cluster in Distant Universe

December 18, 2014

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Chandra Weighs the Most Massive Galaxy Cluster to Date

Using Chandra data, researchers were able to accurately determine the mass and other properties of the most distant massive galaxy cluster discovered to date. Officially named XDCP J0044.0-2033, the cluster is about 9.6 billion light years from Earth. A newly discovered galaxy cluster is the most massive one ever detected with an age of 800 […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Dwarf Galaxy Markarian 209

December 15, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy Markarian 209

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy Markarian 209. This sprinkle of cosmic glitter is a blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209. Galaxies of this type are blue-hued, compact in size, gas-rich, and low in heavy elements. They are often used by astronomers to study star formation, as their conditions are similar […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy ESO 373-8

December 23, 2013

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy ESO 373 8

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 373-8, which is located roughly 25 million light-years away. Located some 25 million light-years away, this new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 373-8. Together with at least seven of its galactic neighbors, this galaxy is a member of the NGC 2997 group. We see it […]

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Image Shows Galaxy Cluster “Tails”

December 10, 2012

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Two tails of X-ray emission have been seen trailing behind a galaxy

A composite image shows two “tails” that were created when cool gas from ESO 137-001 was stripped by hot gas as it travels towards the center of the galaxy cluster Abell 3627. Two spectacular tails of X-ray emission have been seen trailing behind a galaxy using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. A composite image of the […]

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Astronomers Identify a New Kind of Galaxy, “Green Bean Galaxies”

December 5, 2012

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J2240

Located in the constellation of Aquarius, roughly 3.7 billion years from Earth, galaxy J2240 has been identified as part of a new class of galaxies nicknamed “green bean galaxies.” A new galaxy class has been identified using observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the Gemini South telescope, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Nicknamed “green […]

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