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Newly Released Herschel Image of Spiral Galaxy M33

July 28, 2014

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This newly released image from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory shows the Triangulum Galaxy, which is home to some forty billion stars and is located three million light-years away. The spiral galaxy M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is one of our closest cosmic neighbours, just three million light-years away. Home to some forty billion […]

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Hubble Views Two Spiral Galaxies Engaged in a “Cosmic Tug-of-War”

July 28, 2014

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This newly released Hubble image shows two spiral galaxies engaged in a cosmic tug-of-war. From objects as small as Newton’s apple to those as large as a galaxy, no physical body is free from the stern bonds of gravity, as evidenced in this stunning picture captured by the Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera […]

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Astronomers Map Galaxy Cluster More Precisely Than Ever Before

July 25, 2014

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Astronomers used almost 200 images of distant galaxies combined with Hubble data to measure the total mass of galaxy cluster MCS J0416.1–2403 more precisely than ever before. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble’s Frontier Fields observing […]

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New ESO Image of Star Cluster NGC 3293

July 24, 2014

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This newly released image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows star cluster NGC 3293, which is located 8,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina. In this striking new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of […]

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NASA Releases Four New Images to Celebrate Chandra’s 15th Anniversary

July 23, 2014

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To celebrate Chandra’s 15th anniversary, NASA has released four new images of supernova remnants – the Crab Nebula, Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58. Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through […]

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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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