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Hubble Image of the Week – Peculiar Galaxy NGC 1487

February 1, 2016

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Hubble Views NGC 1487

This newly released Hubble image shows peculiar galaxy NGC 1487, which is about 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Eridanus. Rather than viewing a celestial object, it is actually better to think of this as an event. Here, we are witnessing two or more galaxies in the act of merging together to […]

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Star Cluster Trumpler 14 Displays Some of the Most Luminous Stars in Our Galaxy

January 25, 2016

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Star Cluster Trumpler 14

This Hubble image features star cluster Trumpler 14 – one of the largest gatherings of hot, massive and bright stars in the Milky Way. Single stars are often overlooked in favor of their larger cosmic cousins — but when they join forces, they create truly breathtaking scenes to rival even the most glowing of nebulae […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Misbehaving Spiral Galaxy LO95 0313-192

January 25, 2016

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Hubble Views Galaxy LO95 0313-192

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy LO95 0313-192, which is locate roughly one billion light-years away. Despite its unassuming appearance, the edge-on spiral galaxy captured in the left half of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is actually quite remarkable. Located about one billion light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus, this striking […]

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Hubble at 25 Series: How Hubble Has Helped Pave the Way for Interplanetary Missions

January 19, 2016

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Hubble at 25 Series Paving the Way

This new segment of the Hubble at 25 series discusses how the Hubble Space Telescope has not only given us a better understanding of our solar system, but it has also helped pave the way for interplanetary missions to be successful. By monitoring target destinations, Hubble has enabled spacecraft mission planners to optimize the science […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Galaxy NGC 5408

January 18, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 5408

This newly released Hubble image shows galaxy NGC 5408, which is located 16 million light-years away. Most galaxies possess a majestic spiral or elliptical structure. About a quarter of galaxies, though, defy such conventional, rounded aesthetics, instead sporting a messy, indefinable shape. Known as irregular galaxies, this group includes NGC 5408, the galaxy that has […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: A Galactic Mega-Merger

January 11, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 3597

This newly released Hubble image shows elliptical galaxy NGC 3597, which is located 150 million light-years away. The subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is known as NGC 3597. It is the product of a collision between two good-sized galaxies, and is slowly evolving to become a giant elliptical galaxy. This type of […]

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Astronomers Discover “Twins” of Eta Carinae in Other Galaxies

January 6, 2016

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NASA Finds "Twins" of Superstar Eta Carinae in Other Galaxies

Using the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, astronomers have discovered Eta Carinae “twins” in other galaxies that will help scientists better understand this brief phase in the life of a massive star. Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years, is best known for an enormous eruption seen in the mid-19th […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Spiral Galaxy NGC 4845

January 4, 2016

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Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4845

This newly released Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 4845, which is located over 65 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). The galaxy’s orientation clearly reveals the galaxy’s striking spiral structure: a flat and dust-mottled disc surrounding a bright galactic bulge. NGC 4845’s glowing center hosts a gigantic version of […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Galaxy NGC 6052

December 28, 2015

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Hubble Views Galaxy NGC 6052

This Hubble image of the week shows the galaxy NGC 6052, which is located around 230 million light-years away in the constellation of Hercules. It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. However, it is in fact a “new” galaxy in the process […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Infant Star’s Artistic Outburst

December 21, 2015

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Hubble Views HH34

This newly released Hubble image shows HH34, which resides approximately 1,400 light-years away near the Orion Nebula. The artistic outburst of an extremely young star, in the earliest phase of formation, is captured in this spectacular image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The colorful wisps, found in the lower left of the image, are […]

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Hubble Views Turbulent Birthing Ground Orion B Molecular Cloud Complex

December 17, 2015

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Hubble Sees a Turbulent Birthing Ground for New Stars

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope views a newborn star shooting twin jets out into space as a sort of birth announcement to the universe. Just in time for the release of the movie “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed what looks like a cosmic, double-bladed lightsaber. “Science fiction has […]

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Space Telescopes Reveal Details of Ten Jupiter-Sized Exoplanet Atmospheres

December 14, 2015

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Hubble Reveals Diversity of Jupiter-Sized Exoplanet Atmospheres

Using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers details the atmospheres of ten Jupiter-sized exoplanets and was able to discover why some of these worlds seem to have less water than expected — a long-standing mystery. The results are published in “Nature”. To date, astronomers have discovered nearly 2000 […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Globular Cluster Terzan 1

December 14, 2015

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster Terzan 1

This newly released Hubble image shows the globular cluster Terzan 1, which is located 20,000 light-years away. This image, taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the globular cluster Terzan 1. Lying around 20 000 light-years from us in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion), it […]

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Magnified Image Reveals the Faintest Known Galaxy from the Early Universe

December 7, 2015

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Hubble Finds Faint Compact Galaxy in the Early Universe

Using NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer Space telescopes, astronomers have discovered the faintest object ever seen in the early universe. It existed about 400 million years after the big bang, 13.8 billion years ago. The team has nicknamed the object Tayna, which means “first-born” in Aymara, a language spoken in the Andes and Altiplano regions of […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Spiral Galaxy NGC 7252

December 7, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 7252

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 7252, which is located in the Aquarius constellation. Only rarely does an astronomical object have a political association. However, the spiral galaxy NGC 7252 acquired exactly that when it was given an unusual nickname. In December 1953, the US President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a speech […]

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Hubble Peers Through the Luminous Core of NGC 2768

December 4, 2015

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Hubble Views NGC 2768

This new Hubble image shows elliptical galaxy NGC 2768. Like a lighthouse in the fog, the luminous core of NGC 2768 slowly fades outwards to a dull white haze in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 2768 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). It […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

November 30, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Day Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

This newly released Hubble image shows elliptical galaxy NGC 2768, which is located 60 million light years away. Like a lighthouse in the fog the luminous core of NGC 2768 slowly fades outwards to a dull white haze in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 2768 is an elliptical galaxy in […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Galaxy 2MASX J16270254+4328340

November 23, 2015

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Hubble Views Galaxy 2MASX J16270254+4328340

This newly released Hubble image shows galaxy 2MASX J16270254+4328340, which is located in the Hercules constellation. This curious galaxy — only known by the seemingly random jumble of letters and numbers 2MASX J16270254+4328340 — has been captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope dancing the crazed dance of a galactic merger. The galaxy has merged […]

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