Peering into a Galaxy’s Dusty Core to Study an Active Supermassive Black Hole

What, precisely, is happening at its core to cause all this activity? Upcoming observations led by Nora Lützgendorf and Macarena García Marín of the European Space Agency using NASA’s James…

Magnetic ‘Highway’ Channels Material Out of Cigar Galaxy

Located 12 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major, the Cigar galaxy is undergoing an exceptionally high rate of star formation called a starburst. The star formation is…

Hubble Views a Galactic Waterfall

Interacting galaxies, such as these, are so named because of the influence they have on each other, which may eventually result in a merger or a unique formation. Already, these…

Chandra Data Tests ‘Theory of Everything’

March 19, 2020 One of the biggest ideas in physics is the possibility that all known forces, particles, and interactions can be connected in one framework. String theory is arguably…

Galactic Pyrotechnics From 23 Million Light Years Away

From NASA Dec. 31, 2019 Galactic Pyrotechnics From 23 Million Light Years Away A galaxy about 23 million light years away is the site of impressive, ongoing fireworks. Rather than…

Hubble’s Close-Up of Spiral’s Disk, Bulge

From NASA Dec. 20, 2019 This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows IC 2051, a galaxy in the southern constellation of Mensa (the Table Mountain) lying about 85…

Hubble Views Galaxy’s Dazzling Display

From NASA Dec. 13, 2019 Hubble Views Galaxy’s Dazzling Display The galaxy is the eponymous member of the NGC 3175 group, which has been called a nearby analog for the…

Hubble Finds Medusa in the Sky

From NASA Oct. 24, 2019 Hubble Finds Medusa in the Sky Often referred to by its somewhat drier New General Catalogue designation of NGC 4194, this was not always one…

Revealing the Milky Way’s Center

Spitzer Space Telescope, Milky Way Galaxy, center

Hubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy

From NASA May 3, 2019 Few of the universe’s residents are as iconic as the spiral galaxy. These limelight-hogging celestial objects combine whirling, pinwheeling arms with scatterings of sparkling stars,…