Hubble Space Telescope News

Celestial Fireworks – Official Image for Hubble’s 25th Anniversary

April 23, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Image of the Day Westerlund 2

This Hubble image of star cluster Westerlund 2 was chosen as Hubble’s 25th anniversary image. The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on […]

Continue reading...

New Observations Reveal How Star Formation Shuts Down in Elliptical Galaxies

April 20, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble and VLT Observations Show How Star Formation Shuts Down from the Core

New research reveals that three billion years after the Big Bang, massive elliptical galaxies still made stars on their outskirts, but no longer in their interiors. Astronomers have shown for the first time how star formation in “dead” galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO’s Very Large Telescope […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Image of the Week – Peculiar Galaxy ESO 162-17

April 20, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Views Peculiar Galaxy ESO 162-17

This Hubble image of the week shows peculiar galaxy ESO 162-17, which located about 40 million light-years away. This galaxy goes by the name of ESO 162-17 and is located about 40 million light-years away in the constellation of Carina. At first glance this image seems like a fairly standard picture of a galaxy with […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Space Telescope Views Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2865

April 13, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Views Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2865

This Hubble image of the week shows elliptical galaxy NGC 2865, which is located roughly 100 million light-years from Earth. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows an elliptical galaxy called NGC 2865. It lies just over 100 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Hydra — The Sea Serpent — and was […]

Continue reading...

New Research Helps Reveal the Evolution of Milky Way-Like Galaxies

April 9, 2015

0 Comments

Evolution of M* Galaxy Progenitors

New research provides the most complete picture yet of how galaxies like the Milky Way grew over the past 10 billion years into today’s majestic spiral galaxies. In one of the most comprehensive multi-observatory galaxy surveys yet, astronomers find that galaxies like our Milky Way underwent a stellar “baby boom,” churning out stars at a […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Image of the Week: The Crammed Center of Messier 22

April 6, 2015

1 Comment

New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster Messier 22

This newly released Hubble image shows the center of the globular cluster Messier 22, also known as M22. Globular clusters are spherical collections of densely packed stars, relics of the early years of the Universe, with ages of typically 12 to 13 billion years. This is very old considering that the Universe is only 13.8 […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 3021

March 30, 2015

2 Comments

Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 3021

This newly released Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3021, which lies about 100 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor. Among many other types of stars, this galaxy contains Cepheid variable stars, which can be used work out the distance to the galaxy. These stars pulsate at a rate that is […]

Continue reading...

Chandra and Hubble Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter

March 27, 2015

0 Comments

Astronomers Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter

In a newly published study, astronomers used X-rays from Chandra and optical data from Hubble to help narrow down the possibilities of what dark matter can be and to set new limits on how dark matter interacts with itself. Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Image of the Week – A Galaxy on the Edge

March 23, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 5023

This newly released Hubble image shows an edge-on view of the spiral galaxy NGC 5023. Due to its orientation we cannot appreciate its spiral arms, but we can admire the elegant profile of its disc. The galaxy lies over 30 million light-years away from us. NGC 5023 is part of the M51 group of galaxies. […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Views Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy SBS 1415+437

March 16, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Views PGC 51017

This newly released Hubble image shows blue compact dwarf galaxy SBS 1415+437. The bright streak of glowing gas and stars in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is known as PGC 51017, or SBS 1415+437. It is type of galaxy known as a blue compact dwarf. This particular dwarf is well studied and has an […]

Continue reading...

Hubble’s View of the Orion Nebula

March 11, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Image of the Orion Nebula

First released in 2006, this popular image reveals Hubble’s sharpest view to date of the Orion Nebula. The image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Views Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova for the First Time

March 9, 2015

1 Comment

Hubble Sees Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova for the First Time

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted four images of a distant exploding star for the first time. The images are arranged in a cross-shaped pattern by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy embedded in a massive cluster of galaxies. The supernova discovery paper appears in a special issue of […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Image of the Week: The Mysteries of UGC 8201

March 9, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy UGC 8201

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular galaxy UGC 8201, which is located roughly 15 million light-years away. The galaxy UGC 8201, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a dwarf irregular galaxy, so called because of its small size and chaotic structure. It lies just under 15 million light-years away from us […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Picture of the Week: A Young Star Takes Center Stage

March 2, 2015

1 Comment

New Hubble Image of V1331 Cyg

This newly released Hubble images shows the T Tauri star known as V1331 Cyg. With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous central star in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The star in the center, known as V1331 Cyg and located in the […]

Continue reading...

Hubble 25th Anniversary Video – Meet Edwin Hubble

February 27, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble 25th Anniversary Video

The Hubble Space Telescope is named after one of the preeminent astronomers of the last century, Edwin Hubble. This six minute video takes us on a journey through the life and times of the namesake of one of the most significant scientific instruments ever built. The famous Hubble Space Telescope marks 25 years of observations […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Image of Globular Cluster Palomar 12

February 23, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Views Globular Cluster Palomar 12

Using Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, astronomers view a globular cluster of stars known as Palomar 12. Panta rhei is a simplified version of the famous Greek philosopher Heraclitus’ teachings. It basically means, everything flows. And everything in the Universe is indeed continually on the move, spiraling and shifting through space. Some cosmic objects move […]

Continue reading...

Hubble Image of the Week – A Galactic Cloak for an Exploding Star

February 23, 2015

0 Comments

New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4424

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 4424. The galaxy pictured here is NGC 4424, located in the constellation of Virgo. It is not visible with the naked eye but has been captured here with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Although it may not be obvious from this image, NGC 4424 is in […]

Continue reading...