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Hubble Views Comet Siding Spring Passing Mars

October 24, 2014

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Hubble Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars

This new composite image of comet Siding Spring was captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope as Sliding Spring made its never-before-seen close passage of Mars. Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on October 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about […]

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Hubble Views the Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

October 20, 2014

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The Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

This new Hubble image of the week shows NGC 4526, which is one of the brightest known lenticular galaxies. This neat little galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this new image […]

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Hubble Finds Small Galaxy More Than 13 Billion Light-Years Away

October 17, 2014

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Hubble Finds Extremely Distant Galaxy More Than 13 Billion Light Years Away

Using the gravitational lensing power of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, Hubble has detected one of the farthest, faintest, and smallest galaxies ever seen. The small galaxy is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away. This galaxy offers a peek back to the very early formative years of the universe and may just be […]

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Hubble Finds Three Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons

October 16, 2014

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Hubble Uncovered Three Potential New Horizons Targets

The Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three potential targets for the New Horizons spacecraft to visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose. “This has been a very challenging search […]

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ESA Image of the Week: Butterfly Emerges from Stellar Demise of NGC 6302

October 13, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Butterfly Nebula

This ESA image of the week shows the remains of dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun. Known as the Butterfly Nebula, it lies within the Milky Way galaxy roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. Many celestial objects are beautiful – swirling spiral galaxies or glittering clusters […]

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New Hubble Image: Turquoise-Tinted Plumes in the LMC

October 13, 2014

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Hubble Views Turquoise Tinted Plumes in the Large Magellanic Cloud

This newly released Hubble image shows part of the Tarantula Nebula, which is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The brightly glowing plumes seen in this image are reminiscent of an underwater scene, with turquoise-tinted currents and nebulous strands reaching out into the surroundings. However, this is no ocean. This image actually shows part of […]

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Hubble Measures Temperature and Water Vapor on Exoplanet WASP-43b

October 10, 2014

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Hubble Maps Temperature and Water Vapor on WASP-43b

A team of astronomers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to make the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a turbulent planet outside our solar system, measuring the temperature and tracing the amount and distribution of water vapor on exoplanet WASP-43b. Hubble observations show the exoplanet, called WASP-43b, is no place to call […]

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New Hubble Image Shows Spiral Galaxy NGC 4206

October 6, 2014

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 4206

This newly released Hubble image shows the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4206, which is located about 70 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Virgo. Captured here are vast streaks of dust, some of which are obscuring the central bulge, which can just be made out in the centre of the galaxy. Towards […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of AG Carinae

September 29, 2014

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Hubble Image of a Shedding Star

This newly released Hubble image shows AG Carinae – a luminous star classified as a Luminous Blue Variable. In this new Hubble image, the strikingly luminous star AG Carinae — otherwise known as HD 94910 — takes center stage. Found within the constellation of Carina in the southern sky, AG Carinae lies 20,000 light-years away, […]

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DDO 68 – A Young Galaxy in the Local Universe?

September 25, 2014

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New Hubble Image of UGC 5340

This new Hubble image reveals what seems to be a recently-formed galaxy in the local universe. Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known […]

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Astronomers Discover Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Neptune-Size Exoplanet

September 25, 2014

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Telescopes Reveal Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Exoplanet

Using the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer, Hubble and Kepler space telescopes, researchers have discovered clear skies and water vapor on a Neptune-size gaseous exoplanet – the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. “This discovery is a significant milepost on the road to eventually analyzing the atmospheric composition of smaller, […]

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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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