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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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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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New ESO Image of Star Formation Region Gum 15

July 2, 2014

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This newly released ESO image, taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory, shows the star forming region known as Gum 15. The little-known cloud of cosmic gas and dust called Gum 15 is the birthplace and home of hot young stars. Beautiful and deadly, these stars […]

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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 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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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5474

June 16, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy NGC 5474, which is located 21 million light-years away. The subject of this new Hubble image is NGC 5474, a dwarf galaxy located 21 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). This beautiful image was taken with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys […]

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Herschel Space Observatory Reveals Massive Cold Clumps in NGC 7538

June 13, 2014

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Using data from the Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have identified 13 massive, dense clumps where colossal stars could form. The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538. The observations have revealed […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Views Mercury Passing in Front of the Sun

June 11, 2014

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This new animated image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows Mercury passing in front of the Sun. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, visible as a faint darkening that moves across the face of the sun. This is the first transit of the sun by a planet […]

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