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Hubble Spies Curious Galaxy moving A Little Closer

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

This Hubble image stars Messier 90, a beautiful spiral galaxy located roughly 60 million light-years from the Milky Way in the constellation of Virgo (the Virgin). The galaxy is part of the Virgo Cluster, a gathering of galaxies that is over 1,200 strong.


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Galaxies As Cosmic Cauldrons

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

Star formation within interstellar clouds of gas and dust, so-called molecular clouds, proceeds very rapidly yet highly "inefficiently".

Stellar Waltz With Dramatic Ending

Stellar Waltz With Dramatic Ending

Astronomers at the University of Bonn and their colleagues from Moscow have identified an unusual celestial object.


Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes

Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes

Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes occur above some thunderstorms and propagate out into space.


Hubble's Exquisite View of a Stellar Nursery In NGC 346

Hubble's Exquisite View of a Stellar Nursery In NGC 346

The exquisite sharpness of this 2005 image from NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope has plucked out an underlying population of infant stars embedded in the nebula NGC 346.


New Clues About How Ancient Galaxies Lit up the Universe

New Clues About How Ancient Galaxies Lit up the Universe

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that some of the universe's earliest galaxies were brighter than expected.


Telescopes In Space For Even Sharper Images Of Black Holes

Telescopes In Space For Even Sharper Images Of Black Holes

Astronomers have just managed to take the first image of a black hole, and now the next challenge facing them is how to take even sharper images, so that Einstein's Theory of General Relativity can be tested.


Blue Supergiant Stars Open Doors To Concert In Space

Blue Supergiant Stars Open Doors To Concert In Space

Blue supergiants are rock-and-roll: they live fast and die young.


Storm In A Cosmic Teacup

Storm In A Cosmic Teacup

This image shows a quasar nicknamed the Teacup due to its shape. A quasar is an active galaxy that is powered by material falling into its central supermassive black hole.


Hubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy NGC 2903

Hubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy NGC 2903

Few of the universe's residents are as iconic as the spiral galaxy.


Hubble Assembles Wide View Of The Distant Universe

Hubble Assembles Wide View Of The Distant Universe

The wavelength range of this image stretches from ultraviolet to near-infrared light, capturing all the features of galaxy assembly over time.


Star with Strange Chemistry Is from Out of Town

Star with Strange Chemistry Is from Out of Town

Astronomers have discovered a star in the Milky Way Galaxy with a chemical composition unlike any other star in our galaxy.


Astronomers Discover 2,000-year-old Remnant of a Nova

Astronomers Discover 2,000-year-old Remnant of a Nova

For the first time, a European research team involving the University of Göttingen has discovered the remains of a nova in a galactic globular cluster.


Hubble Data:  Disparity in Hubble Constant Calculations Is Not A Fluke

Hubble Data: Disparity in Hubble Constant Calculations Is Not A Fluke

Hubble's measurements of today's expansion rate do not match the rate that was expected based on how the Universe appeared shortly after the Big Bang over 13 billion years ago.


The Giant Galaxy Around the Giant Black Hole

The Giant Galaxy Around the Giant Black Hole

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the entire M87 galaxy in infrared light. The EHT image, by contrast, relied on light in radio wavelengths and showed the black hole's shadow against the backdrop of high-energy material around it.


The Universe's First Type of Molecule Is Found at Last

The Universe's First Type of Molecule Is Found at Last

The first type of molecule that ever formed in the universe has been detected in space for the first time, after decades of searching.


Unrivaled View of the Southern Crab Nebula

Unrivaled View of the Southern Crab Nebula

This incredible image of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula was taken to mark the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's 29th anniversary in space.


Deep Space X-ray Burst Gives Astronomers New Signal To Detect Neutron Star Merger

Deep Space X-ray Burst Gives Astronomers New Signal To Detect Neutron Star Merger

An international team of astronomers, including faculty and alumni from UNLV, has discovered a new way to spot when collisions occur in distant galaxies between two neutron stars - incredibly dense, city-sized celestial bodies that possess the most powerful magnetic fields in the universe.



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