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15 Must-See Nebula Images from the European Southern Observatory

June 29, 2015

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Reflection Nebula Messier 78

Over the years the European Southern Observatory has provided a state-of-the-art research facility for astronomers around the globe. Many ground breaking discoveries have been made and many breathtaking images have been recorded. The following fifteen must-see images are some of the best nebula images ever captured.

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Hubble Views Starbursting Galaxy SBS 1415+437

June 29, 2015

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Hubble Space Telescope Views Galaxy SBS 1415+437

This Hubble image of the week shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 or SDSS CGB 12067.1, which is located roughly 45 million light-years from Earth. SBS 1415+437 is a Wolf–Rayet galaxy, a type of starbursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf–Rayet stars. These stars can be […]

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Hubble Telescope Views Nitrogen-Rich Planetary Nebula

June 26, 2015

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Hubble Views Nitrogen-Rich Nebula

This newly released Hubble image shows planetary nebula NGC 6153, which is located about 4,000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Scorpius. The faint blue haze across the frame shows what remains of a star like the sun after it has depleted most of its fuel. When this happens, the outer layers of the […]

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“Behemoth” Bleeding Atmosphere Around a Warm Exoplanet Discovered by Hubble

June 25, 2015

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This artist's concept shows "The Behemoth," an enormous comet-like cloud of hydrogen bleeding off of a warm, Neptune-sized planet just 30 light-years from Earth. Also depicted is the parent star, which is a faint red dwarf named GJ 436. The hydrogen is evaporating from the planet due to extreme radiation from the star. A phenomenon this large has never before been seen around any exoplanet.

An enormous cloud of hydrogen is bleeding off the warm exoplanet GJ 436b due to exreme radiation from it’s star. The huge cloud is about 50 times the size of the star, and has been dubbed “The Behemoth” by astronomers. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an immense cloud of hydrogen dubbed “The […]

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15 Breathtaking Hubble Images of Supernova Remnant Nebulae

June 21, 2015

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Hubble Images of Supernova Remnant Nebulae

When a star explodes in a supernova, it leaves behind massive clouds of interstellar dust, gas, and plasma. Pictures of these supernova remnant nebulae can be absolutely stunning, as seen in this gallery of 15 Breathtaking Hubble Images of Supernova Remnant Nebulae.

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Hubble Reveals the Mysterious Early Formative Years of Quasars

June 19, 2015

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The Mysterious Early Formative Years of Quasars

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers uncover the mysterious early formative years of quasars and unveil chaotic collisions of galaxies that fuel quasars by feeding supermassive central black holes with gas. “The Hubble observations are definitely telling us that the peak of quasar activity in the early universe is driven by galaxies colliding and then […]

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Hubble Views Irregular Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy UGC 11411

June 15, 2015

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Hubble Image of Irregular Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy UGC 11411

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular blue compact dwarf (BCD) galaxy UGC 11411. BCD galaxies are about a tenth of the size of a typical spiral galaxy such as the Milky Way, and are made up of large clusters of hot, massive stars that ionise the surrounding gas with their intense radiation. Because these […]

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Hubble Detects Stratosphere on Distant Planet WASP-33b

June 12, 2015

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Hubble Telescope Detects Stratosphere on Distant Planet

Using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, a team of researchers has detected a stratosphere on the planet WASP-33b. A stratosphere occurs when molecules in the atmosphere absorb ultraviolet and visible light from the star. This absorption warms the stratosphere and acts as a kind of sunscreen layer for the planet below. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected […]

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NGC 6503: A Lonely Galaxy “Lost in Space”

June 10, 2015

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Hubble Views Lonely Galaxy NGC 6503

This newly released Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 6503, which is located at the edge of what astronomers call the Local Void. Most galaxies are clumped together in groups or clusters. A neighboring galaxy is never far away. But this galaxy, known as NGC 6503, has found itself in a lonely position, at the edge […]

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How Hubble Has Helped Scientists Study Exoplanets

June 8, 2015

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Hubble 25th Anniversary Video

This sixth video in a series celebrating Hubble’s 25th anniversary explains how Hubble has helped scientists study exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, as never before. “Oh Planet, What Art Thou?” This episode of “Hubble at 25″ uncovers Hubble’s key role in the study of planets beyond our own solar system. Thousands of “exoplanet” […]

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New Hubblecast Video: Ode to Hubble

June 8, 2015

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Hubblecast Episode 85

This latest Hubblecast episode presents the two winning videos of the Ode to Hubble competition. Hubblecast episode 85: Ode to Hubble To celebrate Hubble’s 25th birthday ESA/Hubble asked the public to produce and submit short videos illustrating how Hubble has inspired them. This new Hubblecast episode presents the two winning videos. The episode also introduces […]

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Hubble Image of Irregular Galaxy PGC 18431

June 8, 2015

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Dwarf Irregular Galaxy PGC 18431

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular galaxy PGC 18431. There are many galaxies in the Universe and although there is plenty of room, they tend to stick together. The Milky Way, for example, is part of a large gathering of over fifty galaxies known as the Local Group. Galaxy groups like this come together […]

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Hubble Reveals That Two of Pluto’s Moons Wobble Unpredictably

June 4, 2015

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Hubble Shows Pluto’s Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos

New research provides important constraints on the sequence of events that led to the formation of the Pluto system, revealing the resonant interactions and chaotic rotation of Pluto’s small moons. If you lived on one of Pluto’s moons, you might have a hard time determining when, or from which direction, the sun will rise each […]

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Hubble Views Elliptical Galaxy Messier 84

June 1, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Messier 84

This newly released Hubble image shows elliptical galaxy Messier 84. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the galaxy Messier 84 — also known as NGC 4374 — an object from the Messier catalog, published in its final version in 1781 by Charles Messier. This elliptical galaxy was discovered in March 1781 and lies about […]

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Astronomers Confirm Link between Galaxy Mergers and Supermassive Black Holes

May 29, 2015

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Artist Impression of High-Speed Jets from Supermassive Black Holes

Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to conduct a large survey to investigating the relationship between galaxies that have undergone mergers and the activity of the supermassive black holes at their cores, revealing a link between the presence of supermassive black holes that power high-speed, radio-signal-emitting jets and the merger history of their host galaxies. […]

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Hubble Views the Densest Known Star Cluster in the Milky Way

May 26, 2015

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The Densest Known Star Cluster in the Milky Way

This newly released Hubble image shows the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way. The Arches Cluster is located about 25,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), close to the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is, like its neighbour the Quintuplet Cluster, a fairly […]

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Hubble Uncovers New Clues about a Hefty, Rapidly Aging Star

May 22, 2015

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Hubble Observations of NaSt1

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. Nicknamed it “Nasty 1,” a play on its catalog name of NaSt1, the star may represent a brief transitory stage in the evolution […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Tangled NGC 6240

May 18, 2015

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Hubble Revisits Galaxy NGC 6240

First viewed in 2008, this Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 6240. Not all galaxies are neatly shaped, as this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 6240 clearly demonstrates. Hubble previously released an image of this galaxy back in 2008, but the knotted region, shown here in a pinky-red hue at the center of […]

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