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

March 2, 2015

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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 […]

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Hubble 25th Anniversary Video – Meet Edwin Hubble

February 27, 2015

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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 […]

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Hubble Image of Globular Cluster Palomar 12

February 23, 2015

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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 […]

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

February 23, 2015

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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 […]

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Hubble Reveals Detailed View of Circumstellar Debris Disk Encircling Beta Pictoris

February 20, 2015

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Hubble Views Beta Pictoris

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured the most detailed picture to date of a large disk of gas and dust encircling the 20 million-year-old star Beta Pictoris. Beta Pictoris is the only star to date where astronomers have detected an embedded giant planet in a directly-imaged debris disk. The planet, which was discovered […]

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster Palomar 12

February 16, 2015

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster of Stars Palomar 12

This newly released Hubble image shows 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 a little […]

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The Most Comprehensive Picture of Eta Carinae to Date

February 9, 2015

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NASA Takes an Unparalleled Look into Superstar Eta Carinae

This four minute video from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center combines data from NASA satellites and theoretical modeling to produce an unparalleled look into Eta Carinae. NASA | Missions Take an Unparalleled Look into Superstar Eta Carinae Eta Carinae is a binary system containing the most luminous and massive star within 10,000 light-years. A long-term […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Smiling Lens

February 9, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Day Galaxy Cluster SDSS J1038+4849

This newly released Hubble images shows galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849. In the center of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it seems to be smiling. You can make out its two orange eyes and white button nose. In the case of this “happy face”, […]

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Hubble Views Three Moons Transiting the Face of Jupiter

February 5, 2015

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Hubble Views Jupiter Triple-Moon Conjunction

Taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 in visible light, these new images capture the rare occurrence of three of Jupiter’s largest moons (Europa, Callisto, and Io) racing across the banded face of the gas-giant planet. These so-called Galilean moons, named after the 17th century scientist Galileo Galilei, who discovered them with a telescope, complete […]

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Dancing on the Edge – Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 7814

February 3, 2015

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Hubble Telescope Views NGC 7814

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 7814. Galaxies can take many shapes and be oriented any way relative to us in the sky. This can make it hard to figure out their actual morphology, as a galaxy can look very different from different viewpoints. A special case is when we are lucky […]

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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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