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Hubble Telescope Views a Slice of Sagittarius

January 16, 2017

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Hubble Views a Slice of Sagittarius

This Hubble image of the week shows part of the sky in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The region is rendered in exquisite detail — deep red and bright blue stars are scattered across the frame, set against a background of thousands of more distant stars and galaxies. Two features are particularly striking: the […]

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Hubble Detects ‘Exocomets’ Plunging Into Young Star HD 172555

January 10, 2017

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Hubble Reveals Exocomets Plunging into a Young Star

The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging into young star HD 172555, which resides 95 light-years from Earth. The exocomets — comets outside our solar system — were not directly seen around the star, but their presence was inferred by detecting gas that is likely the vaporized remnants of their icy nuclei. HD 172555 […]

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Hubble Views Shadow Caused by Possible Planet Encircling TW Hydrae

January 9, 2017

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Hubble Views 'Shadow Play' Caused by Possible Planet

A team of astronomers view a shadow sweeping around a gas-and-dust disk encircling the young star TW Hydrae. Searching for planets around other stars is a tricky business. They’re so small and faint that it’s hard to spot them. But a possible planet in a nearby stellar system may be betraying its presence in a […]

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Hubble Views a Black Hole of Puzzling Lightness

January 9, 2017

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy RX J1140.1+0307

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy RX J1140.1+0307, which is located one billion light-years away. This image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a galaxy in the Virgo constellation. This camera was installed in 2002, and its wide field of view is double that […]

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When Galaxies Collide – Hubble Views IRAS 14348-1447

January 2, 2017

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New Hubble Image of IRAS 14348-1447

This Hubble image of the week shows IRAS 14348-1447, which is located over a billion light-years away. This delicate smudge in deep space is far more turbulent than it first appears. Known as IRAS 14348-1447 — a name derived in part from that of its discoverer, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS for short) — this […]

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Hubble Views Two Festive-Looking Emission Nebulae

December 26, 2016

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Festive Nebulae Light Up Milky Way Galaxy Satellite

The Hubble Space Telescope captured two festive-looking emission nebulae conjoined so they appear as one. The sheer observing power of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is rarely better illustrated than in an image such as this. This glowing pink nebula, named NGC 248, is located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, just under 200,000 light-years away […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Megamaser IRAS 16399-0937

December 26, 2016

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Megamaser IRAS 16399-0937

This newly released Hubble image shows megamaser IRAS 16399-0937, which is located over 370 million light-years away. This galaxy has a far more exciting and futuristic classification than most — it is a megamaser. Megamasers are intensely bright, around 100 million times brighter than the masers found in galaxies like the Milky Way. The entire […]

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Hubble Takes a Closer Look at Spiral Galaxy IC 5201

December 12, 2016

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy IC 5201

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy IC 5201, which is located 40 million light-years away. In 1900, astronomer Joseph Lunt made a discovery: Peering through a telescope at Cape Town Observatory, the British–South African scientist spotted this beautiful sight in the southern constellation of Grus (The Crane): a barred spiral galaxy now named […]

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Hubble Reveals Dusty Filaments in NGC 4696

December 5, 2016

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Hubble Sees Dusty Filaments in NGC 4696

New images from Hubble reveal the intricate structure of the galaxy NGC 4696 in greater detail than ever before. The elliptical galaxy is a beautiful cosmic oddity with a bright core wrapped in system of dark, swirling, thread-like filaments. NGC 4696 is a member of the Centaurus galaxy cluster, a swarm of hundreds of galaxies […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – NGC 4388

December 5, 2016

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Hubble Telescope Views NGC 4388

This newly released Hubbleimage show NGC 4388, which is located 60 million light-years away. The constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) is especially rich in galaxies, due in part to the presence of a massive and gravitationally-bound collection of over 1300 galaxies called the Virgo Cluster. One particular member of this cosmic community, NGC 4388, is […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Irregular Galaxy IC 3583

November 28, 2016

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Hubble Views Irregular Galaxy IC 3583

This newly released Hubble image shows a delicate blue group of stars — actually an irregular galaxy named IC 3583 — located 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). It may seem to have no discernible structure, but IC 3583 has been found to have a bar of stars running through […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Irregular Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4789A

November 14, 2016

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Hubble Views Irregular Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4789A

This newly released Hubble image shows irregular dwarf galaxy NGC 4789A, which is located in the constellation of Coma Berenices. It certainly lives up to its name — the stars that call this galaxy home are smeared out across the sky in an apparently disorderly and irregular jumble, giving NGC 4789A a far more subtle […]

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Hubble Views Lenticular Galaxy NGC 1222

November 7, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week NGC 1222

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy NGC 1222, which is located 100 milion light-years away. NGC 1222, seen in this image taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST), is a galaxy with a rather eventful story to tell. NGC 1222 has been described as a […]

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Hubble Admires Youthful Globular Star Cluster NGC 362

October 31, 2016

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Hubble Views Star Cluster NGC 362

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 362. Globular clusters offer some of the most spectacular sights in the night sky. These ornate spheres contain hundreds of thousands of stars, and reside in the outskirts of galaxies. The Milky Way contains over 150 such clusters — and the one shown in this NASA/ESA […]

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Hubble Sees the Eerie Glow of a Dead Star

October 27, 2016

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New Hubble Image of the Crab Nebula

This newly released Hubble image of the Crab Nebula shows the eerie glow of a dead star, which exploded long ago as a supernova. But don’t be fooled; this ghoulish-looking object still has a pulse. Buried at its center is the star’s tell-tale heart, which beats with rhythmic precision. The “heart” is the crushed core […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – Globular Cluster NGC 362

October 24, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 362

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 362, which is located 27,000 light-years away. Globular clusters offer some of the most spectacular sights in the night sky. These ornate spheres contain hundreds of thousands of stars, and reside in the outskirts of galaxies. The Milky Way contains over 150 such clusters — and […]

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Hubble Views the Red Spider Nebula

October 21, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Red Spider Nebula

This newly released Hubble image shows the Red Spider Nebula, which is located some 3,000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula called the Red Spider Nebula. This warm planetary nebula harbors one of the hottest stars known and its powerful stellar winds generate waves 100 billion […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – The Toucan and the Cluster

October 17, 2016

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New Hubble Image of NGC 299

This newly released Hubble image shows open star cluster NGC 299. It may be famous for hosting spectacular sights such as the Tucana Dwarf Galaxy and 47 Tucanae, the second brightest globular cluster in the night sky, but the southern constellation of Tucana (The Toucan) also possesses a variety of unsung cosmic beauties. One such […]

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