Hubble Space Telescope News

Hubble Probes the Extreme Outskirts of Elliptical Galaxy Centaurus A

July 22, 2014

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A team of scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to probe the outskirts of elliptical galaxy Centaurus A, revealing that the galaxy’s halo spreads far further into space than expected. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. The galaxy’s halo of stars has […]

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Hubble Views NGC 3501

July 21, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 3501. The thin, glowing streak slicing across this image cuts a lonely figure, with only a few foreground stars and galaxies in the distant background for company. However, this is all a case of perspective; lying out of frame is another nearby spiral. Together, these two […]

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Hubble Image of the Day – “Mystic Mountain”

July 17, 2014

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First released in 2010, this Hubble image of the day shows “Mystic Mountain” within the Carina Nebula. This craggy fantasy mountaintop enshrouded by wispy clouds looks like a bizarre landscape from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, which is even more dramatic than fiction, captures the chaotic activity atop […]

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 121

July 14, 2014

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This newly released Hubble images shows globular cluster NGC 121. This image shows NGC 121, a globular cluster in the constellation of Tucana (The Toucan). Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit the centers of their galaxies like satellites — the Milky Way, for example, has around 150. NGC 121 belongs to […]

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Astronomers Discover a Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

July 10, 2014

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Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape that winds around the cores of two colliding galaxies. Astronomers routinely use the crisp view of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to study all kinds of intricate details in galaxy clusters. By now you […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1433

July 7, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 1433, which is located roughly 32 million light-years from Earth. This view, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a nearby spiral galaxy known as NGC 1433. At about 32 million light-years from Earth, it is a type of very active galaxy known as a […]

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Chandra Reveals a New Composite Image of NGC 4258

July 3, 2014

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This new composite image of NGC 4258 shows X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in blue, radio data from the NSF’s Karl Jansky Very Large Array in purple, optical data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in yellow and blue, and infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in red. A galaxy about 23 million light […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 201

June 30, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 201, which is located 200 million light-years from Earth. Discovered by astronomer William Herschel in the late 1700s, NGC 201 is a barred spiral galaxy similar to our own galaxy, the Milky Way. It lies 200 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cetus (The […]

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Hubble Views Supernova SN1995E in Spiral Galaxy NGC 2441

June 23, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 2441 and supernova SN1995E. This bright spiral galaxy is known as NGC 2441, located in the northern constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe). However, NGC 2441 is not the only subject of this new Hubble image; the galaxy contains an intriguing supernova named SN1995E, visible as a […]

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Hubble Reveals the Role of Dwarf Galaxies in the Star Formation History of the Universe

June 19, 2014

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Using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers take a significant step forward in understanding how dwarf galaxies contributed to the star population in our universe. They may be little, but they pack a big star-forming punch. New observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show small galaxies, also known as dwarf galaxies, are responsible for […]

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Hubble Image of the Day – Galactic Wreckage in Stephan’s Quintet

June 18, 2014

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First released in 2009, this Hubble image of the day shows Stephan’s Quintet. A clash among members of a famous galaxy quintet reveals an assortment of stars across a wide color range, from young, blue stars to aging, red stars. This portrait of Stephan’s Quintet, also known as the Hickson Compact Group 92, was taken […]

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Astronomers Discover Water-Building Molecule in Planetary Nebulas

June 18, 2014

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Using the Hubble Space Telescope and ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered a water-building molecule in three planetary nebulas. Using ESA’s Herschel Space Oobservatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars. When low- to middleweight stars like our Sun approach the end […]

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