Hubble Space Telescope News

Latest Hubblecast Video Explores the Merging of Galaxies

July 29, 2014

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In this six minute Hubblecast video, scientists explore the merging of elliptical galaxies. Hubblecast 76: Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth This Hubblecast explores the ‘beads on a string’ star formation found between two merging elliptical galaxies in the cluster known as SDSS J1531+3414. Source: Hubble Space Telescope Credit: Directed by: Georgia Bladon Visual design […]

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Hubble Views Two Spiral Galaxies Engaged in a “Cosmic Tug-of-War”

July 28, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows two spiral galaxies engaged in a cosmic tug-of-war. From objects as small as Newton’s apple to those as large as a galaxy, no physical body is free from the stern bonds of gravity, as evidenced in this stunning picture captured by the Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera […]

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Astronomers Map Galaxy Cluster More Precisely Than Ever Before

July 25, 2014

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Astronomers used almost 200 images of distant galaxies combined with Hubble data to measure the total mass of galaxy cluster MCS J0416.1–2403 more precisely than ever before. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble’s Frontier Fields observing […]

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Hubble Reveals That Three Hot Jupiters Are Surprisingly Dry

July 24, 2014

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Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers reveal that three exoplanets that were thought to be ideal candidates for detecting water vapor in their atmospheres contain far less water than predicted by standard planet-formation theories. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar […]

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Hubble Probes the Extreme Outskirts of Elliptical Galaxy Centaurus A

July 22, 2014

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A team of scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to probe the outskirts of elliptical galaxy Centaurus A, revealing that the galaxy’s halo spreads far further into space than expected. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. The galaxy’s halo of stars has […]

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Hubble Views NGC 3501

July 21, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 3501. The thin, glowing streak slicing across this image cuts a lonely figure, with only a few foreground stars and galaxies in the distant background for company. However, this is all a case of perspective; lying out of frame is another nearby spiral. Together, these two […]

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Hubble Image of the Day – “Mystic Mountain”

July 17, 2014

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First released in 2010, this Hubble image of the day shows “Mystic Mountain” within the Carina Nebula. This craggy fantasy mountaintop enshrouded by wispy clouds looks like a bizarre landscape from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, which is even more dramatic than fiction, captures the chaotic activity atop […]

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 121

July 14, 2014

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This newly released Hubble images shows globular cluster NGC 121. This image shows NGC 121, a globular cluster in the constellation of Tucana (The Toucan). Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit the centers of their galaxies like satellites — the Milky Way, for example, has around 150. NGC 121 belongs to […]

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Astronomers Discover a Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

July 10, 2014

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Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape that winds around the cores of two colliding galaxies. Astronomers routinely use the crisp view of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to study all kinds of intricate details in galaxy clusters. By now you […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1433

July 7, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 1433, which is located roughly 32 million light-years from Earth. This view, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a nearby spiral galaxy known as NGC 1433. At about 32 million light-years from Earth, it is a type of very active galaxy known as a […]

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Chandra Reveals a New Composite Image of NGC 4258

July 3, 2014

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This new composite image of NGC 4258 shows X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in blue, radio data from the NSF’s Karl Jansky Very Large Array in purple, optical data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in yellow and blue, and infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in red. A galaxy about 23 million light […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 201

June 30, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 201, which is located 200 million light-years from Earth. Discovered by astronomer William Herschel in the late 1700s, NGC 201 is a barred spiral galaxy similar to our own galaxy, the Milky Way. It lies 200 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cetus (The […]

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