Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:00am -0400

The Wings of a Stellar Butterfly

The shimmering colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometres per hour.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00am -0400

Evidence Suggest an Ocean on Ganymede and Possibly Life!

You never know what to expect when it comes to breaking news in space exploration. This is the kind of news we wake up for in the mornings, the kind of news that sparks the imagination of endless possibilities! New evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest there may be a saltwater ocean beneath the surface of Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon. Such a discovery can lead to a new place to search for life in our solar system.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 12:00am -0400

Hubble Finds Secret Companion Star Hiding in Supernova

After years of searching astronomers have found a secret companion hidden in the aftermath of a star that exploded. This is an artist’s impression of supernova 1993J, which exploded in the galaxy M81. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have identified the blue helium-burning companion star, seen at the center of the expanding nebula of debris from the supernova. 


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Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00am -0400

Some Stars Go Out With A Whimper

We are used to Hubble capturing astonishing images of supernovae and planetary nebulae created by huge explosions of dying stars. In this image this star went out with a whimper, at least that's how NASA put it. None the less it still is an amazing and gorgeous image.

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:00am -0400

Search for Life on Exoplanets Comes Up Dry

It seems like every where we look for life on exo-planets we still come up short. Things are just not adding up, how and why are planets so diifferent in other solar systems than our own? Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the Sun — and have come up nearly dry.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00am -0400

A Stellar Eye: The Ring Nebula

A true Stellar Eye, the Ring Nebula has amazed us for years and seems as if the universe is looking back at us as we gaze at it. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed observations ever of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57). This image reveals intricate structure only hinted at in previous observations, and has allowed scientists to construct a model of the nebula in 3D — showing the true shape of this striking object.


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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00am -0400

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

 

Sometimes we get an image from the Hubble Space Telescope so incredible that it begs to tell the story of the whole picture. This image just released from NASA not only showcases this galaxy but peaks our interest about another galaxy not even shown in this photo.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00am -0400

The Invisible Jets of Hercules A

Spectacular jets powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A illustrate the combined imaging power of two of astronomy's cutting-edge tools, the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, and the recently upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico.


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Friday, June 27, 2014 12:00am -0400

New Star is Born Shrouded in the Body of Its Parent Star.

Far away, deep in space, a new baby star has been born in the universe. Hubble and ESA teamed up to bring us this remarkable image. This young star is zooming through the cosmos at supersonic speed with a tail made up from the very star that made it. The the gas and dust that surrounds it will eventually become planets and moons of this newborn alien sun. 

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00am -0400

Stunning Chaos in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster

At first glance this image taken by Hubble immediately invokes mind-blowing awe and wonder. THIS is out there in our universe. Hubble tells us the story of the galaxy in which it focused it's gaze. This is galaxy NGC 4522. It is one of about 1,300 galaxies racing around each in the Virgo galaxy cluster. Speeding through space it is being stripped of it's gas content. Every one of the galaxies visible in this incredible image has it's own story. Each one is filled with hundreds of billions of other suns with perhaps trillions of planets. What are their stories?

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