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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy ESO 373-8

December 23, 2013

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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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Hubble Spots Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5010

November 12, 2012

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hubble views galaxy NGC 5010

This new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows galaxy NGC 5010, which is located about 140 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo and has features of both a spiral and elliptical galaxy. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a beautiful galaxy that, with its reddish and yellow central area, looks rather […]

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Largest Catalog Ever of Center of the Milky Way

October 29, 2012

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mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way

An international team of astronomers created a catalog of more than 84 million stars in the central parts of the Milky Way using a nine-gigapixel image from the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. This gigantic dataset contains more than ten times more stars than previous studies and is a major step forward […]

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Hubble Views a Starburst Galaxy Hard at Work

October 29, 2012

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NGC 3738

Located about 12 million light-years from the sun and part of the Messier 81 group of galaxies, starburst galaxy NGC 3738 is currently converting hydrogen gas located in the galaxy’s center into stars. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged the faint irregular galaxy NGC 3738, a starburst galaxy. The galaxy is in the midst […]

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Elliptical Galaxy M87 Hides a Gaseous Spiral at its Core

October 22, 2012

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Scientists at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan & Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered that elliptical galaxy Centaurus A also shows signs of a spiral galaxy. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Most big galaxies fit into one of two camps: pinwheel-shaped spiral galaxies and blobby elliptical galaxies. Spirals like the Milky Way are hip and happening places, […]

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New Image of Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660

October 19, 2012

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NGC 660

A new image of ring galaxy NGC 660, which is located about 40 million light-years from Earth toward the constellation Pisces, was released by the Gemini Observatory. When the lamp is shattered, The light in the dust lies dead. When the cloud is scattered, The rainbow’s glory is shed. These words, which open Shelley’s poem […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344

October 19, 2012

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hubble views spiral galaxy NGC 3344

This new image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows spiral galaxy NGC 3344, which is located 25 million light-years away. NGC 3344 is a glorious spiral galaxy around half the size of the Milky Way, which lies 25 million light-years distant. We are fortunate enough to see NGC 3344 face-on, allowing us to study its […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 4183

October 1, 2012

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Hubble views galaxy NGC 4183

First observed by the British astronomer William Herschel on January 14, 1778 and now seen in this new image from Hubble, spiral galaxy NGC 4183 is located about 55 million light-years from the sun and spans roughly eighty thousand light-years. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has provided us with another outstanding image of a nearby […]

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NASA Telescopes Spot Ultra-Distant Galaxy, MACS 1149-JD

September 20, 2012

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MACS 1149-JD

Using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes and gravitational lensing, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. Pasadena, California — With the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. […]

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Galaxy Zoo Maps Out an A to Z of Galaxies

September 11, 2012

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penguin-shaped galaxy

While helping to classifying galaxies seen in hundreds of thousands of telescope images as spiral or elliptical, Galaxy Zoo project volunteers came across galaxies that resemble letters of the alphabet. The international team behind Galaxy Zoo, including astronomers from Oxford University, are inviting people to be involved in more discoveries as they launch a new […]

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