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Chandra and Hubble Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter

March 27, 2015

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Astronomers Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter

In a newly published study, astronomers used X-rays from Chandra and optical data from Hubble to help narrow down the possibilities of what dark matter can be and to set new limits on how dark matter interacts with itself. Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Galaxy on the Edge

March 23, 2015

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 5023

This newly released Hubble image shows an edge-on view of the spiral galaxy NGC 5023. Due to its orientation we cannot appreciate its spiral arms, but we can admire the elegant profile of its disc. The galaxy lies over 30 million light-years away from us. NGC 5023 is part of the M51 group of galaxies. […]

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Hubble Views Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy SBS 1415+437

March 16, 2015

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Hubble Views PGC 51017

This newly released Hubble image shows blue compact dwarf galaxy SBS 1415+437. The bright streak of glowing gas and stars in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is known as PGC 51017, or SBS 1415+437. It is type of galaxy known as a blue compact dwarf. This particular dwarf is well studied and has an […]

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Hubble’s View of the Orion Nebula

March 11, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Orion Nebula

First released in 2006, this popular image reveals Hubble’s sharpest view to date of the Orion Nebula. The image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view […]

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Hubble Views Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova for the First Time

March 9, 2015

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Hubble Sees Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova for the First Time

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted four images of a distant exploding star for the first time. The images are arranged in a cross-shaped pattern by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy embedded in a massive cluster of galaxies. The supernova discovery paper appears in a special issue of […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: The Mysteries of UGC 8201

March 9, 2015

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Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy UGC 8201

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular galaxy UGC 8201, which is located roughly 15 million light-years away. The galaxy UGC 8201, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a dwarf irregular galaxy, so called because of its small size and chaotic structure. It lies just under 15 million light-years away from us […]

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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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