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Hubble Reveals Dusty Filaments in NGC 4696

December 5, 2016

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Hubble Sees Dusty Filaments in NGC 4696

New images from Hubble reveal the intricate structure of the galaxy NGC 4696 in greater detail than ever before. The elliptical galaxy is a beautiful cosmic oddity with a bright core wrapped in system of dark, swirling, thread-like filaments. NGC 4696 is a member of the Centaurus galaxy cluster, a swarm of hundreds of galaxies […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – NGC 4388

December 5, 2016

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Hubble Telescope Views NGC 4388

This newly released Hubbleimage show NGC 4388, which is located 60 million light-years away. The constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) is especially rich in galaxies, due in part to the presence of a massive and gravitationally-bound collection of over 1300 galaxies called the Virgo Cluster. One particular member of this cosmic community, NGC 4388, is […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Irregular Galaxy IC 3583

November 28, 2016

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Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy IC 3583

This newly released Hubble image shows a delicate blue group of stars — actually an irregular galaxy named IC 3583 — located 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). It may seem to have no discernible structure, but IC 3583 has been found to have a bar of stars running through […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Irregular Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4789A

November 14, 2016

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Hubble Views Irregular Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4789A

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular dwarf galaxy NGC 4789A, which is located in the constellation of Coma Berenices. It certainly lives up to its name — the stars that call this galaxy home are smeared out across the sky in an apparently disorderly and irregular jumble, giving NGC 4789A a far more subtle […]

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Hubble Views Lenticular Galaxy NGC 1222

November 7, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week NGC 1222

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy NGC 1222, which is located 100 milion light-years away. NGC 1222, seen in this image taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST), is a galaxy with a rather eventful story to tell. NGC 1222 has been described as a […]

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Hubble Admires Youthful Globular Star Cluster NGC 362

October 31, 2016

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Hubble Views Star Cluster NGC 362

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 362. Globular clusters offer some of the most spectacular sights in the night sky. These ornate spheres contain hundreds of thousands of stars, and reside in the outskirts of galaxies. The Milky Way contains over 150 such clusters — and the one shown in this NASA/ESA […]

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Hubble Sees the Eerie Glow of a Dead Star

October 27, 2016

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New Hubble Image of the Crab Nebula

This newly released Hubble image of the Crab Nebula shows the eerie glow of a dead star, which exploded long ago as a supernova. But don’t be fooled; this ghoulish-looking object still has a pulse. Buried at its center is the star’s tell-tale heart, which beats with rhythmic precision. The “heart” is the crushed core […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Globular Cluster NGC 362

October 24, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 362

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 362, which is located 27,000 light-years away. Globular clusters offer some of the most spectacular sights in the night sky. These ornate spheres contain hundreds of thousands of stars, and reside in the outskirts of galaxies. The Milky Way contains over 150 such clusters — and […]

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Hubble Views the Red Spider Nebula

October 21, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Red Spider Nebula

This newly released Hubble image shows the Red Spider Nebula, which is located some 3,000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula called the Red Spider Nebula. This warm planetary nebula harbors one of the hottest stars known and its powerful stellar winds generate waves 100 billion […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – The Toucan and the Cluster

October 17, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 299

This newly released Hubble image shows open star cluster NGC 299. It may be famous for hosting spectacular sights such as the Tucana Dwarf Galaxy and 47 Tucanae, the second brightest globular cluster in the night sky, but the southern constellation of Tucana (The Toucan) also possesses a variety of unsung cosmic beauties. One such […]

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Universe Contains 10 Times More Galaxies Previously Thought

October 13, 2016

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Hubble Reveals Observable Universe Contains 10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought

A new study of Hubble’s deep-field surveys reveals that at least 10 times more galaxies exist in the observable universe than astronomers thought. The universe suddenly looks a lot more crowded, thanks to a deep-sky census assembled from surveys taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories. Astronomers came to the surprising conclusion that […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Spiral Galaxy NGC 278

October 10, 2016

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New Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 278

This newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows spiral galaxy NGC 278. This cosmic beauty lies some 38 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia (The Seated Queen). While NGC 278 may look serene, it is anything but. The galaxy is currently undergoing an immense burst of star formation. This flurry of activity […]

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Hubble Detects Plasma Ejections Shooting from V Hydrae

October 7, 2016

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Hubble Detects Plasma Ejections Shooting from a Star

Hubble observations have revealed a string of super-hot blobs, each with a temperature of more than 17,000 degrees Fahrenheit, being ejected from a dying star. Great balls of fire! NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of gas, each twice as massive as the planet Mars, being ejected near a dying star. The plasma […]

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Hubble Telescope Views the Center of NGC 247

October 3, 2016

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New Hubble Image of the Center of NGC 247

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 247. NGC 247 is a relatively small spiral galaxy in the southern constellation of Cetus (The Whale). Lying at a distance of around 11 million light-years from us, it forms part of the Sculptor Group, a loose collection of galaxies that also contains the more famous […]

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Spitzer Finishes Its Frontier Fields Observations

September 29, 2016

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Spitzer Completes Its Observations for the Frontier Fields Project

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has finished its Frontier Fields observations and astronomers are working to get the data out to the astronomical community. In the ongoing hunt for the universe’s earliest galaxies, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has wrapped up its observations for the Frontier Fields project. This ambitious project has combined the power of all […]

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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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