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Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes on Europa

September 27, 2016

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Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – The Hidden Dark Side of NGC 24

September 26, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 24

This newly released Hubble images shows spiral galaxy NGC 24, which is located 25 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Sculptor. NGC 24 was discovered by British astronomer William Herschel in 1785, and measures some 40,000 light-years across. This picture was taken using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, […]

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Astronomers Explore the Hubble Ultra Deep Field

September 23, 2016

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New Images of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, international teams of astronomers explore the distant corner of the Universe first revealed in the iconic images of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF). New ALMA observations are significantly deeper and sharper than previous surveys at millimeter wavelengths. They clearly show how the rate of star formation in young […]

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Hubble Finds a Planet Orbiting Pair of Stars in System OGLE-2007-BLG-349

September 22, 2016

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Hubble Reveals Planet Orbiting Pair of Stars

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting two stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8,000 light-years away towards the center of our galaxy. The planet orbits roughly 300 million miles from the stellar duo, about the distance from the asteroid belt to our sun. It […]

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Evidence of Surprising Activity on Europa

September 21, 2016

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NASA to Discuss Evidence of Surprising Activity on Europa

NASA will host a teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, September 26, to present new findings from images captured by the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of […]

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Astronomers Study Stellar Evolution in Real Time

September 19, 2016

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Astronomers View Stingray Nebula

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has been able to study stellar evolution in real time. Over a period of 30 years dramatic increases in the temperature of the star SAO 244567 have been observed. Now the star is cooling again, having been reborn into an earlier phase of stellar evolution. […]

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Hubble Views Cosmic Fragments of Comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami

September 19, 2016

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Hubble Views Comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami

This newly released Hubble image shows comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami. This intriguing new image captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a dust-bathed cluster of fragments from a disintegrated comet. The comet in question, named 332P/Ikeya-Murakami, split into this shower of fragments in the closing months of 2015. Fragmenting comets such as 332P/Ikeya-Murakami have long been […]

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Astronomers Solve the Mystery of a Rare Change in the Behavior of a Supermassive Black Hole

September 16, 2016

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ESO Views Active Galaxy Markarian 1018

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, a team of astronomers has solved the mystery of a rare change in the behavior of a supermassive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. It seems that the black hole is no longer being fed enough fuel […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Lenticular Galaxy PGC 83677

September 12, 2016

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New Hubble Image of PGC 83677

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy PGC 83677, which is located 300 million light-years away. A lone source shines out brightly from the dark expanse of deep space, glowing softly against a picturesque backdrop of distant stars and colorful galaxies. Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), this […]

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Astronomers Discover an Unusual Mix of Stars in Terzan 5

September 7, 2016

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Scientists Discover Rare Fossil Relic of Early Milky Way

An international team of astronomers has revealed the unusual mix of stars in the stellar cluster known as Terzan 5. The new results indicate that Terzan 5 is in fact one of the bulge’s primordial building blocks, most likely the relic of the very early days of the Milky Way. Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Glowing Gas and Dark Dust in the LMC

September 6, 2016

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New Hubble Image of the Large Magellanic Cloud

A newly released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). This stormy scene shows a stellar nursery known as N159, an HII region over 150 light-years across. N159 contains many hot young stars. These […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A New View of Alpha Centauri A and B

August 29, 2016

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New Hubble Image of Alpha Centauri A and B

This newly released Hubble images shows Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B. The closest star system to the Earth is the famous Alpha Centauri group. Located in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), at a distance of 4.3 light-years, this system is made up of the binary formed by the stars Alpha Centauri A […]

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5264

August 22, 2016

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Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5264

This new Hubble image captures the glow of distant stars within NGC 5264, a dwarf galaxy located just over 15 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Serpent). Dwarf galaxies like NGC 5264 typically possess around a billion stars — just one per cent of the number of stars found within the […]

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Hubble Discovers Two Dwarf Galaxies Moving into the Milky Way

August 15, 2016

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Hubble Uncovers a Galaxy Pair Moving into the Milky Way

A team of astronomers has discovered two dwarf galaxies that have traveled from the remote hinterlands of space to the Milky Way. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered two tiny dwarf galaxies that have wandered from a vast cosmic wilderness into a nearby “big city” packed with galaxies. After being quiescent for billions of years, […]

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Hubble Telescope Views Exploding White Dwarf Star

August 15, 2016

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Hubble Views Exploding White Dwarf

This newly released Hubble image shows the aftermath of an exploding star that was located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Several thousand years ago, a star some 160,000 light-years away from us exploded, scattering stellar shrapnel across the sky. The aftermath of this energetic detonation is shown here in this striking image from the NASA/ESA […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Irregular Galaxy NGC 2337

August 8, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 2337

This newly released Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 2337, which is located 25 million light-years away in the constellation of Lynx. NGC 2337 is an irregular galaxy, meaning that it — along with a quarter of all galaxies in the Universe — lacks a distinct, regular appearance. The galaxy was discovered in 1877 by the […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Globular Cluster NGC 4833

August 1, 2016

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster NGC 4833

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 4833. Located approximately 22,000 light-years away in the constellation of Musca (The Fly), this tightly packed collection of stars — known as a globular cluster — goes by the name of NGC 4833. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the dazzling stellar group in all […]

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Astronomers Discover a Radio Pulsing White Dwarf Binary Star

August 1, 2016

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Artist Impression of the Exotic Binary Star System AR Scorpii

Using telescopes on the ground and in space, a team of astronomers has discovered a new type of exotic binary star in the system AR Scorpii. The rapidly spinning white dwarf star is powering electrons up to almost the speed of light. These high energy particles release blasts of radiation that lash the companion red […]

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