Telescopes Unite in Unprecedented Observations of Famous Black Hole

“We knew that the first direct image of a black hole would be groundbreaking,” said Kazuhiro Hada of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, a co-author of a new study…

Taken Under the ‘Wing’ of the Small Magellanic Cloud

Feb 5, 2021 From NASA The tip of the “wing” of the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy is dazzling in this 2013 view from NASA’s Great Observatories. The Small Magellanic Cloud,…

Researchers Rewind the Clock to Calculate Age and Site of Supernova Blast

Astronomers are winding back the clock on the expanding remains of a nearby, exploded star. By using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, they retraced the speedy shrapnel from the blast to…

Roman Space Telescope Could Image 100 Hubble Ultra Deep Fields at Once

NASA’s upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be able to photograph an area of the sky at least 100 times larger than Hubble with the same crisp sharpness. Among…

Shaping a Spiral Galaxy

The magnetic fields align along the entire length of the massive spiral arms — 24,000 light years across (0.8 kiloparsecs) — implying that the gravitational forces that created the galaxy’s…

Stellar Jewel Box

Powerful ultraviolet radiation and fast winds from the bluest and hottest stars have blown a big bubble around the cluster. Moving into the surrounding nebula, this torrent of radiation sculpted…

Data Sonification: A New Cosmic Triad of Sound

From NASA Nov. 30, 2020 A new trio of examples of ‘data sonification’ from NASA missions provides a new method to enjoy an arrangement of cosmic objects. Data sonification translates…

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…

The Iris Nebula

This nebula is of particular interest to scientists because of its colors. Reflection nebulae glow because they are made up of extremely tiny particles of solid matter, up to 10…

Hubble Captures Galactic Glamour Shot

This stunning image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features the spiral galaxy NGC 5643 in the constellation of Lupus (the Wolf).

Hubble Hooks a Supernova Host Galaxy

This unbalanced the star and triggered runaway nuclear fusion that eventually led to an intensely violent supernova explosion. The supernova shone brightly for quite some time and was easily visible…

Hubble Finds That Betelgeuse’s Mysterious Dimming Is Due to a Traumatic Outburst

Observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are showing that the unexpected dimming of the supergiant star Betelgeuse was most likely caused by an immense amount of hot material ejected into…

Telescopes and Spacecraft Join Forces to Probe Deep into Jupiter’s Atmosphere

From NASA May 7, 2020 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the ground-based Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have teamed up with the Juno spacecraft to probe the mightiest storms in the…

Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole

From NASA March 31, 2020 Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as “intermediate-mass,” which betrayed…

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…

New clues on dark matter from the darkest galaxies

A study by SISSA provides important information on its composition and on its interaction with luminous matter Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati They are called low-surface-brightness galaxies and it…

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 studies gamma-ray burst with highest energy ever seen

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers a peek at the location of the most energetic outburst ever seen in the universe — a blast of…

Hubble Spots a Curious Spiral

From NASA Nov. 15, 2019 Hubble Spots a Curious Spiral The universe is simply so vast that it can be difficult to maintain a sense of scale. Many galaxies we…

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…

Hubble’s Portrait of Star’s Gaseous Glow

From NASA Hubble’s Portrait of Star’s Gaseous Glow Although it looks more like an entity seen through a microscope than a telescope, this rounded object, named NGC 2022, is certainly…

More unsettled science-previously unseen ancestors of elliptical galaxies

ALMA finds previously unseen ancestors of elliptical galaxies News Release from the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array Astronomy Now An artist’s impression of remote galaxies seen by ALMA that are not…

Hubble Peers at Galactic Cherry Blossoms

July 12, 2019 From NASA The galaxy NGC 1156 resembles a delicate cherry blossom tree flowering in springtime in this Hubble image. The many bright “blooms” within the galaxy are…