• A blurred bolt of stars in a bend sinister, laced with dark tendrils of dust and shot through with bright pink bursts.

    Hubble Catches Glowing Gas and Dark Dust in a Side-On Spiral

    09.21.12 - Hubble produced a sharp image of NGC 4634. Its disk slightly warped by ongoing interactions with a nearby galaxy, it shows clearly defined dust lanes and bright nebulae.

  • Artist's concept of NuSTAR celebrating one hundred days in orbit

    NuSTAR Celebrates First 100 Days

    09.20.12 - Tomorrow, Sept. 21, 2012, will mark 100 days since NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, launched into space from the L-1011 "Stargazer" aircraft.

  • With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen.

    NASA Telescopes Spy Ultra-Distant Galaxy

    09.19.12 - With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen.

  • Artist's concept of a young planetary system at left, and lab equipment at right.

    Researchers Brew Up Organics on Ice

    09.18.12 - Would you like icy organics with that? Maybe not in your coffee, but researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are creating concoctions of organics, or carbon-bearing molecules, on ice in the lab, then zapping them with lasers.

  • Artist's concept of starry skies

    First Planets Found Around Sun-Like Stars in a Cluster

    09.14.12 - NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars.

  • A pale milky galaxy seen on edge - with pink clusters of star-forming regions sprinkled through the center

    Hubble Sees NGC 7090 — An actively star-forming galaxy

    09.14.12 - This image portrays a beautiful view of the galaxy NGC 7090, as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is viewed edge-on from the Earth.

  • Hypothetical planet is depicted here moving through the habitable zone

    Can Extreme Life Forms Survive on Eccentric Exoplanets?

    09.11.12 - While the hunt continues for the elusive Earth-like "blue dot," astronomers have discovered a collection of odd exoplanets.

  • Stars. So many stars.

    Hubble Watching Ancient Orbs

    09.07.12 - This sparkling picture taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the center of globular cluster M 4. The power of Hubble has resolved the cluster into a multitude of glowing orbs, each a colossal nuclear furnace.

  • galaxy pair Arp 116

    Odd Galaxy Couple on Space Voyage

    09.05.12 - Two very different galaxies drift through space together in this Hubble image. The peculiar galaxy pair is called Arp 116.

  • luminous spiral galaxy with pink star-forming clusters, dark dusty strands and one pale yellow supernova

    Hubble Spotted a Supernova in NGC 5806

    08.31.12 - Hubble sees a supernova explosion called SN 2004dg on the edge of NGC 5806, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It lies around 80 million light years from Earth.