In the summer of 1989, a robotic emissary from Earth visited the farthest major planet from the Sun, Neptune. Like any good tourist, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft snapped a lot of pictures during the brief flyby. The prolific probe discovered several moons orbiting close to the blue-green planet. But one moon, no bigger than a metropolitan city and nearly coal-black, escaped detection because it was too faint to be seen. Until now.
The Hubble Space Telescope has wowed us again, this time with an image of a galactic dance between two galaxies. As the pair get closer to each other their original shapes are stretched and pulled promoting imagination and wonder to all who view them. Some have said they look like a penguin or hummingbird. What do you see?
If we have been searching for planets and life around stars outside our solar system, why haven't we found any around our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri? Attempts to find planets there before have failed but now in the next few years the Hubble Space Telescope will have a rare oppurtunity to seek out nearby alien worlds!
This is the newest image gifted to us Earthlings by the Hubble Space Telescope, a tale of two galaxies merged together as one. Catalogued as 2MASX J05210136-2521450 this majestic galactic treasure is certainly deserving of a more exciting name. As it's bright nucleus shines inside a cocoon of brightly lit swirls of hot dust and gas new stars are flashing into life.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was launched with the Discovery Space Shuttle on April 24th 1990. Since then Hubble has wowed Earthlings with breathtaking cosmic images and changed our view of this vast universe.