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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 96

August 31, 2015

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy Messier 96

This newly released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows Messier 96, a spiral galaxy just over 35 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). Messier 96 is about the same mass and size as the Milky Way. It was first discovered by astronomer Pierre Méchain in 1781, and added to Charles […]

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Hubble Reveals That Markarian 231 is Powered by a Double Black Hole

August 28, 2015

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Hubble RevealsThat Mrk 231 is Powered by a Double Black Hole

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers discovered that Markarian 231 is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other. Markarian 231 is the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar, located 581 million light-years away. The finding suggests that quasars—the brilliant cores of active galaxies – may commonly […]

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Hubble Explores the Wings of the Twin Jet Nebula

August 26, 2015

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Hubble Space Telescope Views the Twin Jet Nebula

This newly released Hubble image shows the Twin Jet Nebula, which is a striking example of a bipolar planetary nebula. Astronomers have shown that the nebula’s size increases with time, and measurements of this rate of increase suggest that the stellar outburst that formed the lobes occurred just 1200 years ago. The shimmering colors visible […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 1783

August 24, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 1783

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 1783, which is about 160,000 light-years from Earth. Shown here in a new image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the globular cluster NGC 1783. This is one of the biggest globular clusters in the Large […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: A Cosmic Couple

August 17, 2015

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Hubble Image of Star Hen 2-427 and Nebula M1-67

This newly released Hubble image shows star Hen 2-427 and nebula M1-67. Here we see the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 (more commonly known as WR 124) and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it. Both objects, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are found in the constellation of Sagittarius and […]

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Astronomers Discover Supernovae in ‘Wrong Place at Wrong Time’

August 14, 2015

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Host-Galaxy Properties Suggest a Nuclear Origin for Calcium-Rich Supernova Progenitors

A new analysis of 13 supernovae is helping to reveal how some young stars exploded sooner than expected, hurling them to a lonely place far from their host galaxies. It’s a complicated mystery of double-star systems, merging galaxies, and twin black holes that began in 2000 when the first such supernova was discovered, according to […]

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Researchers Detect a Self-Regulating Cycle of Star Births Within Elliptical Galaxies

August 10, 2015

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Astronomers Sort Through Thickets of Stars in Elliptical Galaxies

Astronomers help untangle the cosmic knots of stars at the center of giant elliptical galaxies. Two studies, one led by Yale’s Grant Tremblay and other led by Michigan State University researcher Megan Donahue, are providing new information about why the universe’s largest elliptical galaxies ratchet down their star production despite having plenty of available star-making […]

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Newly Released Hubble Image: A Mess of Stars

August 10, 2015

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Hubble Views Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 428

This newly released Hubble image shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 428. Bursts of pink and red, dark lanes of mottled cosmic dust, and a bright scattering of stars — this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows part of a messy barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 428. It lies approximately 48 million light-years away from […]

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Hubble Image of Planetary Nebula NGC 6818

August 9, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Planetary Nebula NGC 6818

This newly released Hubble image shows planetary nebula NGC 6818, which is located 6,000 light-years away from Earth. This colorful bubble is a planetary nebula called NGC 6818, also known as the Little Gem Nebula. It is located in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), roughly 6,000 light-years away from us. The rich glow of […]

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Hubble Video Gives 3D Perspective of Gum 29 and Westerlund 2

August 3, 2015

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Hubble Space Telescope Image of Cluster Westerlund 2

This short video from NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provides a three-dimensional perspective of nebula Gum 29 and the star cluster Westerlund 2. Celestial Fireworks: Star Cluster Westerlund 2 The nebula Gum 29 is a star-forming region about 20,00 light-years away in the constellation Carina. At the core of the nebula is a cluster of several […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Hubble Image of Planetary Nebula NGC 6565

July 27, 2015

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Hubble Image of Planetary Nebula NGC 6565

This newly released Hubble image shows planetary nebula NGC 6565. A dying star’s final moments are captured in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The death throes of this star may only last mere moments on a cosmological timescale, but this star’s demise is still quite lengthy by our standards, lasting tens of […]

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

July 20, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy NGC 1140, which is located 60 million light-years away. This dramatic image shows the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s view of dwarf galaxy known as NGC 1140, which lies 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus. As can be seen in this image NGC 1140 has […]

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New Hubble View of Galaxy ESO 381-12

July 13, 2015

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Hubble Views Ghostly Shells of Galaxy ESO 381-12

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new image of the ghostly shells of galaxy ESO 381-12, set against a backdrop of distant galaxies. The strikingly uneven structure and the clusters of stars that orbit around the galaxy suggest that ESO 381-12 may have been part of a dramatic collision sometime in its relatively recent […]

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Hubble Reveals the Secrets of the Quintuplet Cluster

July 13, 2015

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Hubble Views the Quintuplet Cluster

This newly released Hubble image shows the Quintuplet Cluster, which is located 100 light-years from the center of our galaxy. Although this cluster of stars gained its name due to its five brightest stars, it is home to hundreds more. The huge number of massive young stars in the cluster is clearly captured in this […]

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy LEDA 89996

July 6, 2015

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy LEDA 89996

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy J04542829-6625280. This little-known galaxy, officially named J04542829-6625280, but most often referred to as LEDA 89996, is a classic example of a spiral galaxy. The galaxy is much like our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The disc-shaped galaxy is seen face on, revealing the winding structure of the […]

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Hubble Image of Wolf-Rayet Galaxy SBS 1415+437

July 2, 2015

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Hubble Views Wolf-Rayet Galaxy SBS 1415+437

Hubble gets a closer look Wolf-Rayet galaxy SBS 1415+437, a star-bursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf-Rayet stars. This NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble Space Telescope picture shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 (also called SDSS CGB 12067.1), located about 45 million light-years from Earth. These […]

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15 Must-See Nebula Images from the European Southern Observatory

June 29, 2015

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Reflection Nebula Messier 78

Over the years the European Southern Observatory has provided a state-of-the-art research facility for astronomers around the globe. Many ground breaking discoveries have been made and many breathtaking images have been recorded. The following fifteen must-see images are some of the best nebula images ever captured.

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Hubble Views Starbursting Galaxy SBS 1415+437

June 29, 2015

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Hubble Space Telescope Views Galaxy SBS 1415+437

This Hubble image of the week shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 or SDSS CGB 12067.1, which is located roughly 45 million light-years from Earth. SBS 1415+437 is a Wolf–Rayet galaxy, a type of starbursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf–Rayet stars. These stars can be […]

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