Category Archives: Hubble

Hubble Spies a Strange Old Dusty Galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope is an expert at imaging distant galaxies, bringing mysterious galactic features into the light. In the case of one particular elliptical galaxy, around 150 million light-years distant, Hubble has revealed a conundrum and a possible mechanism behind why some galaxies look so old. Continue reading Hubble Spies a Strange Old Dusty Galaxy

Hubble Finds Where the Super Stars Live

Curious where the super stars live? Head in the direction of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud and keep going for 170,000 light-years. There you’ll find dozens of stars that are 50 times bigger than the sun and nine monster stars 100 times more massive than the sun. Continue reading Hubble Finds Where the Super Stars Live

Hubble Studies ‘Super-Earth’ Atmosphere for First Time

For the first time, a super-Earth’s atmosphere has been analyzed — but don’t make any vacation plans to visit. The planet is blisteringly close to its planet star (exhibiting temperatures of 3,600 Fahrenheit or 2,000 Celsius) and has an atmosphere mostly made up of hydrogen and helium, like a gas giant planet. Continue reading Hubble Studies ‘Super-Earth’ Atmosphere for First Time

Hubble Sees Stellar Block Party Rip-Up Neighborhood

All good parties, no matter how good-natured, will inevitably leave behind some damage — and this also rings true for young stars letting off some steam in a star-forming nebula.

In this dazzling image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, stunning detail of an open cluster, called Trumpler 14, can be seen. Sparkling bright like diamonds are 2,000 young, massive stars that are pumping out incredible quantities of energy. The cluster is located around 8,000 light-years from Earth. Continue reading Hubble Sees Stellar Block Party Rip-Up Neighborhood

Hubble’s ‘Einstein Cross’ Supernova Strikes Back

An ancient supernova that was serendipitously captured in four Hubble space telescope images thanks to a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying lens has reappeared, as astronomers predicted.

The exploded star, known as Refsdal in honor of Norwegian astronomer Sjur Refsdal, first appeared in November 2014. Scientists were stunned to find four images of the supernova around a galaxy, a configuration known as an “Einstein Cross.” Continue reading Hubble’s ‘Einstein Cross’ Supernova Strikes Back

The last waltz

This curious galaxy — only known by the seemingly random jumble of letters and numbers 2MASX J16270254+4328340 — has been captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope dancing the crazed dance of a galactic merger. The galaxy has merged with another galaxy leaving a fine mist, made of millions of stars, spewing from it in long trails. Continue reading The last waltz

Lost in space. New Hubble image of galaxy NGC 6503

Although the Universe may seem spacious most galaxies are clumped together in groups or clusters and a neighbour is never far away. But this galaxy, known as NGC 6503, has found itself in a lonely position, shown here at the edge of a strangely empty patch of space called the Local Void. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a very rich set of colours, adding to the detail seen in previous images. Continue reading Lost in space. New Hubble image of galaxy NGC 6503