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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

Monster Green Cosmic Blob Mystery Solved

A giant blob of gas and dust far off in the universe mysteriously glows bright green, and astronomers have finally figured out why. Two huge galaxies were observed in the blob’s core, and they’re surrounded by a swarm of smaller galaxies in what appears to be the birth of a massive cluster of galaxies. Continue reading Monster Green Cosmic Blob Mystery Solved

‘Galactic Tick Day’ Celebrates Our Trip Through the Galaxy

A California man has come up with a unique way to mark the passage of time. While most of us think in terms of months (that were originally based on the movement of the moon) and years (which follow the Earth’s path around the sun), he decided to think even bigger. Continue reading ‘Galactic Tick Day’ Celebrates Our Trip Through the Galaxy

Enormous Stars Forming in the ‘Little Fox’ Captured in Stunning Photo

The raw material to create stars for millions of years is captured in this stunning, newly retrieved photo from the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory.

The space-based telescope was built to detect radiation that had been invisible to other telescopes at the time. That ability not only allowed it to fulfill its major objective of discovering how the first galaxies formed and evolved, but also made it an excellent choice for detecting dust and gas clouds that lead to the formation of new stars. Although its mission ended in 2013, scientists are still analyzing the wealth of data that Herschel collected over its four years of operation, uncovering stunning photographs such as this one. Continue reading Enormous Stars Forming in the ‘Little Fox’ Captured in Stunning Photo