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ALMA and VLT Reveal Dusty and Evolved Galaxy

March 2, 2015

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Hubble Views Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689

New observations from the Very Large Telescope along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have revealed a dusty galaxy seen when the Universe was just 700 million years old. One of the most distant galaxies ever observed has provided astronomers with the first detection of dust in such a remote star-forming system and tantalizing evidence […]

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Hubble Picture of the Week: A Young Star Takes Center Stage

March 2, 2015

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New Hubble Image of V1331 Cyg

This newly released Hubble images shows the T Tauri star known as V1331 Cyg. With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous central star in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The star in the center, known as V1331 Cyg and located in the […]

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Dawn Spacecraft Shows Crater Shapes on Ceres’ Surface

February 25, 2015

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New Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres

These new images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft show the full range of different crater shapes that can be found at Ceres’ surface: From shallow, flattish craters to those with peaks at their centers. Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The […]

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A Closer Look at the Colors of the Small Magellanic Cloud

February 23, 2015

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New Image of the Small Magellanic Cloud

This composite image used data from Herschel’s Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), and Spitzer’s Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS) to get a better view of the Small Magellanic Cloud. Astronomical images often look like works of art. This picture of one of our nearest neighboring galaxies, the Small Magellanic […]

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Hubble Image of Globular Cluster Palomar 12

February 23, 2015

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster Palomar 12

Using Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, astronomers view a globular cluster of stars known as Palomar 12. Panta rhei is a simplified version of the famous Greek philosopher Heraclitus’ teachings. It basically means, everything flows. And everything in the Universe is indeed continually on the move, spiraling and shifting through space. Some cosmic objects move […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Galactic Cloak for an Exploding Star

February 23, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4424

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 4424. The galaxy pictured here is NGC 4424, located in the constellation of Virgo. It is not visible with the naked eye but has been captured here with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Although it may not be obvious from this image, NGC 4424 is in […]

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Hubble Reveals Detailed View of Circumstellar Debris Disk Encircling Beta Pictoris

February 20, 2015

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Hubble Views Beta Pictoris

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured the most detailed picture to date of a large disk of gas and dust encircling the 20 million-year-old star Beta Pictoris. Beta Pictoris is the only star to date where astronomers have detected an embedded giant planet in a directly-imaged debris disk. The planet, which was discovered […]

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NASA’s Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres

February 17, 2015

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Dawn Captures Sharper Image of Ceres

This new image from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveals more details of the dwarf planet Ceres. Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken February 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions […]

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster Palomar 12

February 16, 2015

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster of Stars Palomar 12

This newly released Hubble image shows a globular cluster of stars known as Palomar 12. Panta rhei is a simplified version of the famous greek philosopher Heraclitus’ teachings. It basically means, everything flows. And everything in the Universe is indeed continually on the move, spiraling and shifting through space. Some cosmic objects move a little […]

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NASA’s Chandra Views Supernova Remnant G299

February 13, 2015

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Chandra Views Supernova Remnant G299

This new image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows supernova remnant G299.2-2.9. Because the debris fields of exploded stars, known as supernova remnants, are very hot, energetic, and glow brightly in X-ray light, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has proven to be a valuable tool in studying them. The supernova remnant called G299.2-2.9 (or G299 for […]

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Solar Dynamics Observatory Spots Giant Filament on the Sun

February 11, 2015

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SDO Views Giant Filament on the Sun

This new image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a giant filament on the Sun. A dark line snaked across the lower half of the sun on February 10, 2015, as seen in this image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO. SDO shows colder material as dark and hotter material as light, so the […]

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Smiling Lens

February 9, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Day Galaxy Cluster SDSS J1038+4849

This newly released Hubble images shows galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849. In the center of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it seems to be smiling. You can make out its two orange eyes and white button nose. In the case of this “happy face”, […]

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Hubble Views Three Moons Transiting the Face of Jupiter

February 5, 2015

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Hubble Views Jupiter Triple-Moon Conjunction

Taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 in visible light, these new images capture the rare occurrence of three of Jupiter’s largest moons (Europa, Callisto, and Io) racing across the banded face of the gas-giant planet. These so-called Galilean moons, named after the 17th century scientist Galileo Galilei, who discovered them with a telescope, complete […]

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New Horizons Returns New Images of Pluto

February 5, 2015

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New Image of Pluto

Headed towards Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has captured this new image of Pluto and its moon Charon. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft returned its first new images of Pluto on Wednesday, as the probe closes in on the dwarf planet. Although still just a dot along with its largest moon, Charon, the images come on […]

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Gets a Closer View of Ceres

February 5, 2015

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Dawn Gets Closer Views of Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of Ceres. At a resolution of 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) per pixel, the pictures represent the sharpest images to date of Ceres. After the spacecraft arrives and enters into orbit around the dwarf planet, it will study the intriguing world in great detail. Ceres, with […]

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VISTA Views the Trifid Nebula and Reveals Previously Hidden Objects

February 4, 2015

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VISTA Views the Trifid Nebula

A newly released image taken from ESO’s VISTA survey telescope shows the Trifid Nebula and reveals hidden variable stars. By observing in infrared light, astronomers can see right through the dust-filled central parts of the Milky Way and spot many previously hidden objects. In just this tiny part of one of the VISTA surveys, astronomers […]

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Dancing on the Edge – Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 7814

February 3, 2015

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Hubble Telescope Views NGC 7814

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 7814. Galaxies can take many shapes and be oriented any way relative to us in the sky. This can make it hard to figure out their actual morphology, as a galaxy can look very different from different viewpoints. A special case is when we are lucky […]

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