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Gigantic Galaxy Surveyed by Hubble

January 6, 2020

Majestic UGC 2885 spiral has slowly grown over billions of years. Galaxies are like snowflakes. Though the universe…
3D Visualization of Exploded Star Built with Help from NASA’s Great Observatories

January 6, 2020

In the year 1054 AD, Chinese sky watchers witnessed the sudden appearance of a “new star” in the…
New image of candy cane-shaped feature in the center of our galaxy revealed

December 19, 2019

A team of astronomers has produced a new image of an arc-shaped object in the center of our…
Hubble Captures a Dozen Galaxy Doppelgangers

November 8, 2019

Warped space creates cool kaleidoscope view of faraway galaxy. The “funhouse mirror” has delighted carnival-goers for more than…
Galaxies’ Ghostly Gaze Captured by Hubble

October 29, 2019

Menacing-looking ‘face’ formed by titanic smashup between two galaxies. When astronomers peer deep into space, they don’t expect…
Gaia Mission is Mapping Out the Bar at the Center of the Milky Way

July 18, 2019

Despite the many advancements made in the field of astronomy, astronomers still struggle to get an accurate assessment…
Hubble has a Brand New Picture of the Massive Star Eta Carinae. It Could Detonate as a Supernova Any Day Now

July 3, 2019

7500 light years away is an object that (almost) needs no introduction: Eta Carinae. If you haven’t heard…
Perfect Example of a Barred Spiral Galaxy, Seen Face On. This is What Our Milky Way Might Look Like

June 11, 2019

The Hubble Space Telescope has given us a beautiful image of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 7773. This…
Why do Some Hubble Images Have That Chunk Taken Out of the Corner?

May 31, 2019

Great question! The answer has to do with Hubble’s history. It’s easy to forget that the Hubble has…
Stellar Duos Banished from Galaxies Found by Chandra

May 28, 2019

This image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the region around NGC 1399 and NGC 1404, two of…
Galaxy Blazes with New Stars Born from Close Encounter

May 16, 2019

A Glancing Blow Between Two Galaxies Results in a Firestorm of New Stars Springing into Life. One doesn’t…
Hubble Celebrates 29th Anniversary with a Colorful Look at the Southern Crab Nebula

April 18, 2019

In celebration of the 29th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured this festive,…
Storm Rages in Cosmic Teacup

March 15, 2019

Fancy a cup of cosmic tea? This one isn’t as calming as the ones on Earth. In a…
Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies will Look Like This after Collision Billions of Years from Now

March 14, 2019

What happens when two galaxies collide? The Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy are on a collision course,…
Beautiful Photo of Galaxy NGC 3981. Taken by Very Large Telescope. For no Scientific Reason at all.

September 13, 2018

The world’s most powerful telescopes have a lot of work to do. They’re tasked with helping us unravel…
New Photos of Saturn and Mars from Hubble

July 29, 2018

During the summer of 2018, the planets of Mars and Saturn (one after the other) have been in…
Dione on the Edge

April 9, 2018

Saturn’s moon Dione drifts before the planet’s rings, seen here almost edge on. For all their immense width,…
OSIRIS-REx Sends Home an Image of the Earth and Moon

February 21, 2018

On September 8th. 2016, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) launched from Earth to…
This is the Surface of a Giant Star, 350 Times Larger Than the Sun

January 25, 2018

When it comes to looking beyond our Solar System, astronomers are often forced to theorize about what they…
Messier 65 – the NGC 3623 Intermediate Spiral Galaxy

January 9, 2018

Welcome back to Messier Monday! Today, we continue in our tribute to our dear friend, Tammy Plotner, by…
Space-Earth System Produces Highest-Resolution Astronomical Image

January 28, 2016

Using an orbiting radio-astronomy satellite combined with 15 ground-based radio telescopes, astronomers have made the highest-resolution, or most-detailed,…
Space Image: Sirius Rising Above Grossmugl Star Walk

January 25, 2016

For the remaining weeks of winter Sirius dominates the evening sky. Being the brightest of all stars in…
Space Image: Hidden Hydrogen Marvel

January 11, 2016

Near the head of the constellation Scorpius glows an immense red gas bubble like a celestial ghost. It…
Space Image: The Lonely Mountain

August 26, 2015

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers).…
Space Image: Starry Spin-up

August 25, 2015

This image, taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Alexandre Santerne, is more than a little disorientating at first glance!…
Space Image: Feathery filaments in Mon R2

August 25, 2015

Fierce flashes of light ripple through delicate tendrils of gas in this new image, from ESA’s Herschel space…
Space Image: Aurora’s Colorful Veil Over Earth

August 19, 2015

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) shared this photograph on social media, taken from the International Space Station on…
Space Image: Test mirror segments for the James Webb Space Telescope

August 18, 2015

The Andromeda galaxy is one of the most distant objects that we can see in the night sky…
Chasms on Dione

August 18, 2015

While not bursting with activity like its system sister Enceladus, the surface of Dione is definitely not boring.…
Space Image: Darkness Descending

August 11, 2015

Saturn’s unusual appearance in this picture is a result of the planet being imaged via an infrared filter.…
Space Image: Streaming Push and Pull

August 4, 2015

Elongated streams of plasma zipped back and forth along magnetic field lines above several active regions on the…
Space Image: Very Young Moon Above Atlantic Cloud Top

July 27, 2015

Some nightfalls evolve into something spectacular. This one began like any other normal project nightflight imaging excursion. We were…
Space Image: Pluto’s moon Charon

July 27, 2015

Icy world Charon is 1,200 kilometers across. That makes Pluto’s largest moon only about 1/10th the size of…
Space Image: Tethys ‘Eyes’ Saturn

June 16, 2015

The two large craters on Tethys, near the line where day fades to night, almost resemble two giant…
Space Image: Hubble Meeting the Neighbors

June 15, 2015

There are many galaxies in the universe and although there is plenty of room, they tend to stick…
Space Image: Wide View of the Crab Nebula

June 11, 2015

The Crab Nebula, which also goes by the names Messier 1, NGC 1952 and Taurus A, is one…
Space Image: Europa’s Jupiter-Facing Hemisphere

May 27, 2015

This 12-frame mosaic provides the highest resolution view ever obtained of the side of Jupiter’s moon Europa that…
Space Image: Catch a Glimpse of Hidden Milky Way Treasures

May 26, 2015

At first glance this region of the Summer Milky Way is full of well-known types of objects. There are…
Space Image: Serene Saturn

May 12, 2015

From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace. In spite of this appearance,…
Space Image: Engineers Clean Mirror with Carbon Dioxide Snow

May 8, 2015

Just like drivers sometimes use snow to clean their car mirrors in winter, two Exelis Inc. engineers are practicing “snow…
Space Image: Akari view of the Cygnus region in the Milky Way

May 7, 2015

The constellation of Cygnus is one of the most recognisable in the northern hemisphere. During the summer months,…
Space Image: Proba-V views Drakensberg mountains

May 7, 2015

The Drakensberg mountain range – Afrikaans for ‘Dragon mountains’ – viewed by ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite. The range sits…
Space Image: Mimas Stares Back

May 5, 2015

The great eye of Saturn’s moon Mimas, a 130-kilometer-wide (80-mile) impact crater called Herschel, stares out from the…
Space Image: Faint D Ring

April 28, 2015

Not all of Saturn’s rings are created equal: here the C and D rings appear side-by-side, but the…
Solar Eclipse From the International Space Station

March 23, 2015

Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti took a series of photographs of the March 20, 2015 solar eclipse…
Hubble Sees a Young Star Take Center Stage

March 9, 2015

With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous…
Space image: Artist’s impression of black-hole wind in a galaxy

February 25, 2015

This illustration shows the powerful wind driven by the supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy.…
Space Image: Orion Belt In Widefield

February 10, 2015

For the remaining weeks of winter, Orion, the celestial hunter is still residing high in the night sky. The…
Space Image: Cappuccino swirls at Mars’ south pole

February 10, 2015

Swirls of chocolate, caramel and cream – this image is definitely one to trigger sweet-toothed cravings. Smooth cream-coloured…
Space Image: Hubble’s Little Sombrero

February 9, 2015

Galaxies can take many shapes and be oriented any way relative to us in the sky. This can…
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