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, glowing bursts of gas, and dark, weaving lanes of cosmic dust, creating truly awesome scenes — especially when viewed through a telescope such as the…

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Hubble’s dazzling display of 2 colliding galaxies

Located in the constellation of Hercules, about 230 million light-years away, NGC 6052 is a pair of colliding galaxies. They were first discovered in 1784 by William Herschel and were originally classified as a single irregular galaxy because of their odd shape. However, we now know that NGC 6052 actually consists of two galaxies that…

Hubble reveals dynamic atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune

Public Release: 7-Feb-2019 Hubble reveals dynamic atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center During its routine yearly monitoring of the weather on our solar system’s outer planets, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a new mysterious dark storm on Neptune and provided a fresh look at a long-lived storm circling around the north polar…

New telescope brings the power of Hubble down to Earth

From the University of Arizona UA astronomers take sharpest photos ever of the night sky Using a new camera and a telescope mirror that vibrates a thousand times each second to counteract atmospheric flickering, astronomers have achieved image resolution capabilities that could see a baseball diamond on the moon Astronomers at the University of Arizona,…

The Kepler spacecraft has a failure

Two of four reaction wheels seized up, critical for precise photometry Excerpt from the Kepler Mission Manager Update. (h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard) At our semi-weekly contact on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, we found the Kepler spacecraft once again in safe mode. As was the case earlier this month, this was a Thruster-Controlled Safe Mode.…