Hubble Space Telescope News

New Hubblecast Video Explores the South Atlantic Anomaly

September 22, 2014

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Hubblecast 77 Video Hubble and the Bermuda Triangle of Space

This newly released six minute video details the mysterious region known as the South Atlantic Anomaly – an area where the Earth’s inner Van Allen radiation belt comes close to the Earth’s surface, increasing the flux of energetic particles and exposes orbiting satellites to higher-than-usual levels of radiation. Hubblecast 77: Hubble and the Bermuda Triangle […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 7793

September 22, 2014

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Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 7793

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 7793. This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 7793, a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Sculptor some 13 million light-years away from Earth. NGC 7793 is one of the brightest galaxies in the Sculptor Group, and one of the closest groups […]

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Hubble Reveals Smallest Known Galaxy with Supermassive Black Hole

September 17, 2014

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Black Hole Discovered in M60-UCD1

A team of researchers has discovered a supermassive black hole at the center of ultra-compact galaxy M60-UCD1, making this galaxy the smallest ever found to host a supermassive black hole. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have found a monster lurking in a very unlikely place. New observations of the ultra-compact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 […]

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Hubble Views Two Interacting Galaxies

September 15, 2014

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Hubble Views Two Interacting Galaxies

This newly released Hubble image shows two interacting galaxies – NGC 6872 and IC 4970. This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller […]

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Hubble Discovers a Companion Star to a Rare Type of Supernova

September 10, 2014

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Astronomers Discover a Companion Star to a Rare Type of Supernova

Using optical light data and Hubble’s UV light images, astronomers have discovered the companion star of a rare Type IIb supernova. The discovery confirms a long-held theory that the supernova, dubbed SN 1993J, occurred inside what is called a binary system, where two interacting stars caused a cosmic explosion. “This is like a crime scene, […]

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Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy IC 559

September 8, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Irregular Galaxy IC 559

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular galaxy IC 559. Far beyond the stars in the constellation of Leo (The Lion) is irregular galaxy IC 559. IC 559 is not your everyday galaxy. With its irregular shape and bright blue spattering of stars, it is a fascinating galactic anomaly. It may look like sparse cloud, […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy PGC 54493

September 2, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy PGC 54493

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy PGC 54493. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a beautiful spiral galaxy known as PGC 54493, located in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent). This galaxy is part of a galaxy cluster that has been studied by astronomers exploring an intriguing phenomenon known as weak […]

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Hubble Image of the Day: A Variety of Intriguing Cosmic Phenomena

August 25, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Day Shows a Variety of Intriguing Cosmic Phenomena

This newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena – like a star is in the early stages of its life and a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D […]

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Hubble Views the Constellation of Canes Venatici

August 18, 2014

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New Hubble Image Shows Multiple Objects

This newly released Hubble image shows multiple Messier objects and numerous galaxies in the Canes Venatici constellation. This stunning new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows part of the sky in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). Although this region of the sky is not home to any stellar heavyweights, being […]

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Hubble Image of the Day – Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300

August 15, 2014

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Hubble Image of Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300

First released in 2005, this Hubble image of the day shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300. One of the largest Hubble Space Telescope images ever made of a complete galaxy is being unveiled today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego, California. The Hubble telescope captured a display of starlight, glowing gas, and […]

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Hubble Views Several Colorful Galaxies

August 11, 2014

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Hubble Views a Host of Colorful Shaped Galaxies

This newly released Hubble image shows several colorful galaxies, the most prominent being the two galaxies on the left: 2MASX J16133219+5103436 at the bottom, and its blue-tinted companion SDSS J161330.18+510335 at the top. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a whole host of colorful and differently shaped galaxies; some bright and nearby, some […]

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Hubble Discovers Iax Supernova Linked to Potential “Zombie Star”

August 7, 2014

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Hubble Discovers Supernova Star System with Left Behind Surviving Portion of a Dwarf Star

Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to view the light of a star that had lost its outer hydrogen envelope after a Type Iax supernova explosion, revealing its helium core. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually […]

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