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Astronomers Discover Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly

May 25, 2016

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Evidence That Some Early Supermassive Black Holes Formed Directly from the Collapse of a Gas Cloud

Using the combined data from Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer, atronomers have found evidence that some early supermassive black holes formed directly from the collapse of a gas cloud. Astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes. Researchers combined data from NASA’s Chandra […]

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Hubble Telescope Close-up of the Red Planet

May 23, 2016

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Hubble Close-up of the Red Planet

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured this striking image of Mars, when the planet was 50 million miles from Earth. The photo reveals details as small as 20 miles to 30 miles across. On May 30th, Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in 11 years, at a distance of 46.8 […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – The Colorful Galaxies in the Constellation of Leo

May 23, 2016

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Hubble Views the Colorful Galaxies of the Lion

This newly released Hubble image reveals the colorful galaxies in the constellation of Leo. Nearly as deep as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which contains approximately 10,000 galaxies, this incredible image from the NASA/ESA Space Telescope reveals thousands of colorful galaxies in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). This vibrant view of the early Universe […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5308

May 16, 2016

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New Hubble Image of Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5308

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy NGC 5308, which is located roughly 100 million light-years away. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows star clusters encircling a galaxy, like bees buzzing around a hive. The hive in question the an edge-on lenticular galaxy NGC 5308, located just under 100 million light-years away in […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Spiral Galaxy NGC 6814

May 9, 2016

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 6814

This newly released Hubble images shows spiral galaxy NGC 6814, which is located 75 million light-years away. Spiral galaxies together with irregular galaxies make up approximately 60% of the galaxies in the local Universe. However, despite their prevalence, each spiral galaxy is unique — like snowflakes, no two are alike. This is demonstrated by the […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – NGC 4394

May 2, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 4394

This newly released Hubble images shows NGC 4394, which is located about 55 million light-years away. Discovered in 1784 by the German–British astronomer William Herschel, NGC 4394 is a barred spiral galaxy situated about 55 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy lies in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair), and is considered to be […]

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Hubble Views Galaxy UGC 477

April 29, 2016

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Hubble Views Galaxy UGC 477

This newly released Hubble image shows galaxy UGC 477, which is located just over 110 million light-years away in the constellation of Pisces (The Fish). UGC 477 is a low surface brightness (LSB) galaxy. First proposed in 1976 by Mike Disney, the existence of LSB galaxies was confirmed only in 1986 with the discovery of […]

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Astronomers Discover Moon Orbiting the Dwarf Planet Makemake

April 26, 2016

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Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Moon Orbiting the Dwarf Planet Makemake

Using the Hubble Space Telescope a team of astronomers just discovered a moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake — the third largest known object past the orbit of Neptune, about two thirds the size of Pluto. Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon orbiting Makemake, […]

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Hubble Views the Bubble Nebula

April 21, 2016

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Hubble Views a Star ‘Inflating’ a Giant Bubble

Just in time for the 26th anniversary of Hubble’s launch on April 24, 1990, the telescope has photographed an enormous, balloon-like bubble being blown into space by a super-hot, massive star. Astronomers trained the iconic telescope on this colorful feature, called the Bubble Nebula, or NGC 7635. “As Hubble makes its 26th revolution around our […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Elegance Conceals an Eventful Past

April 19, 2016

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Hubble Views NGC 4111

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy NGC 4111. The elegant simplicity of NGC 4111, seen here in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, hides a more violent history than you might think. NGC 4111 is a lenticular, or lens-shaped, galaxy, lying about 50 million light-years from us in the constellation of […]

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Astronomers Discover a 17 Billion Solar-Mass Black Hole in an Unlikely Place

April 11, 2016

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A 17 Billion Solar-Mass Black Hole Discovered

Using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Telescope in Hawaii, a team of astronomers has uncovered one of the biggest supermassive black holes in an unlikely place: the center of a galaxy that lies in a quiet backwater of the Universe. Until now, the biggest supermassive black holes — those having more than 10 […]

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Hubblecast 91 Video: The Future of Hubble

April 11, 2016

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Hubblecast 91 Video

In April 2016 the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 26th year in orbit. During this time the telescope has made many remarkable discoveries. But what comes next? In this first episode about the future of Hubble scientists and staff share with us their view on what Hubble still has to offer. Credit: NASA & […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Dwarf Galaxy Leo A

April 11, 2016

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Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy Leo A

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy Leo A, which is located roughly 2.5 million light-years from Earth. At first glance this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image seems to show an array of different cosmic objects, but the speckling of stars shown here actually forms a single body — a nearby dwarf galaxy known […]

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Journey to the Center of the Milky Way

April 4, 2016

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Hubble Views the Center of the Milky Way

Using Hubble, astronomers peer through the dust which normally obscures the view of the center of the Milky Way. Peering deep into the heart of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a rich tapestry of more than half a million stars. Apart from a few, blue, foreground stars, almost […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Distinctly Disorganized Dwarf Galaxy

March 28, 2016

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Dwarf Galaxy UGC 4459

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy UGC 4459, which is located approximately 11 million light-years away. Despite being less famous than their elliptical and spiral galactic cousins, irregular dwarf galaxies, such as the one captured in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, are actually one of the most common types of galaxy in […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Cosmic Kaleidoscope

March 21, 2016

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Hubble Views MACS J0416

This newly released Hubble images shows MACS J0416, which is located about 4.3 billion light-years from Earth. At first glance, this cosmic kaleidoscope of purple, blue and pink offers a strikingly beautiful — and serene — snapshot of the cosmos. However, this multi-colored haze actually marks the site of two colliding galaxy clusters, forming a […]

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Hubble Space Telescope Reveals Monster Stars in Star Cluster R136

March 17, 2016

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Hubble Reveals Monster Stars

Using the unique ultraviolet capabilities of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has identified nine monster stars with masses over 100 times the mass of the sun in the star cluster R136. This makes it the largest sample of very massive stars identified to date. The results, which will be published in […]

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Three Datasets Produce a Unique New View of MACS J0717

March 14, 2016

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Hubble Image of The Week MACS-J0717

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory and the NRAO Jansky Very Large Array, astronomers have created a unique view of MACS J0717.5+3745. In October of 2013 Hubble kicked off the Frontier Fields program, a three-year series of observations aiming to produce the deepest ever views of the Universe. The project’s targets […]

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