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Hubble Telescope Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 7714

January 29, 2015

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 7714

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 7714, which is located 100 million light-years from Earth. This NASA Hubble Space Telescope photo of NGC 7714 presents an especially striking view of the galaxy’s smoke-ring-like structure. The golden loop is made of sun-like stars that have been pulled deep into space, far from the […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: The Polar Ring of Arp 230

January 26, 2015

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Hubble Views Lenticular Galaxy Arp 230

This newly released Hubble image shows Arp 230, which also known as IC 51. Arp 230 is a galaxy of an uncommon or peculiar shape, and is therefore part of the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies produced by Halton Arp. Its irregular shape is thought to be the result of a violent collision with another galaxy […]

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Hubble Views the Dust Filaments of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4217

January 19, 2015

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New Hubble Image of NGC 4217

In this newly released image, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope takes a close look at the spiral galaxy NGC 4217 – which is located 60 million light-years away. The galaxy is seen almost perfectly edge on and is a perfect candidate for studying the nature of extraplanar dust structures — the patterns of gas and dust […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Galaxy NGC 6861

January 12, 2015

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New Hubble Image of NGC 6861

First discovered in 1826, this newly released Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 6861. The subject of this image is NGC 6861, a galaxy discovered in 1826 by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop. Almost two centuries later we now know that NGC 6861 is the second brightest member of a group of at least a dozen […]

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COS Observations Show Gas in Fermi Bubbles Moving at 2 Million Miles Per Hour

January 6, 2015

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Astronomers Reveal That the Milky Way Core Drives Wind at 2 Million Miles Per Hour

Using Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, new research presented at the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle reveals the velocity and composition of gas in the Fermi Bubbles. At a time when our earliest human ancestors mastered walking upright the heart of our Milky Way galaxy underwent a titanic eruption, driving gases and other material […]

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Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy

January 6, 2015

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Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy from Hubble

This new panoramic image from the Hubble Space Telescope is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor – the Andromeda galaxy (M31). Though the Andromeda galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, The Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s […]

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Hubble Revisits the “Pillars of Creation”

January 6, 2015

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Improved Hubble Image of the Pillars of Creation

Hubble has revisited the Eagle Nebula, providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view of the famous “Pillars of Creation.” Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation.” The jaw-dropping photo, taken in 1995, […]

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Hubble Image of R Sculptoris and Its Hidden Companion

January 5, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Day R Sculptoris

This newly released Hubble images shows star R Sculptoris, a red giant located 1,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sculptor. Recent observations have shown that the material surrounding R Sculptoris actually forms a spiral structure — a phenomenon probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the star. Systems with multiple stars often […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Globular Cluster NGC 6535

December 29, 2014

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Globular Cluster NGC 6535

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 6535. This image captures the stunning NGC 6535, a globular cluster 22,000 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent) that measures one light-year across. Globular clusters are tightly bound groups of stars which orbit galaxies. The large mass in the rich stellar center of […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: The Beautiful Side of IC 335

December 22, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Galaxy IC 335

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy IC 335, which is located 60 million light-years away. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the galaxy IC 335 in front of a backdrop of distant galaxies. IC 335 is part of a galaxy group containing three other galaxies, and located in the Fornax Galaxy […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Dwarf Galaxy Markarian 209

December 15, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy Markarian 209

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy Markarian 209. This sprinkle of cosmic glitter is a blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209. Galaxies of this type are blue-hued, compact in size, gas-rich, and low in heavy elements. They are often used by astronomers to study star formation, as their conditions are similar […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: All that Glitters

December 8, 2014

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Hubble Views Messier 92

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster Messier 92, which is one of the oldest star clusters in the Milky Way. This striking new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a glittering bauble named Messier 92. Located in the northern constellation of Hercules, this globular cluster — a ball of stars that orbits a […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – LINER Galaxy NGC 4102

December 1, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Week NGC 4102

This newly released Hubble image shows LINER galaxy NGC 4102, which is located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observes some of the most beautiful galaxies in our skies — spirals sparkling with bright stellar nurseries, violent duos ripping gas and stars away from one another as they tangle […]

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Hubble Views a Slashing Smudge Across the Sky

November 24, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy UGC 1281

This newly released Hubble images shows dwarf galaxy UGC 1281 and galaxy PGC 6700. The galaxy cutting dramatically across the frame of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a slightly warped dwarf galaxy known as UGC 1281. Seen here from an edge-on perspective, this galaxy lies roughly 18 million light-years away in the constellation […]

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Scientists Estimate the Magnetic Moment of Exoplanet HD 209458b

November 21, 2014

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Scientists Estimate the Magnetic Field of an Exoplanet

A team of scientists has developed a new method that allows them to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanets. Using this method they managed to estimate the value of the magnetic moment of the planet HD 209458b. In the two decades which passed since the discovery of the first planet outside the Solar […]

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Hubble Views Jets, Bubbles, and Bursts of Light in Taurus

November 17, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Multiple Star System XZ Tauri

This new Hubble Space Telescope image shows multiple star system XZ Tauri, HL Tauri, V1213 Tauri, and Herbig-Haro objects HH 150 and HH 30. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a striking view of a multiple star system called XZ Tauri, its neighbor HL Tauri, and several nearby young stellar objects. XZ Tauri is […]

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A Spiral in a Furnace – Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 986

November 17, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 986

This newly released Hubble image shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 986, which is located about 56 million light-years away. This new Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop. This close-up view of the galaxy was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera […]

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