Hubble Science Story Archives: June 2003 - May 2013

Archive of Hubble Science Stories: June 2003 - May 2013

artist's concept of a misshapen chunk of rock orbiting a star and its disk of dust

Hubble Finds Dead Stars 'Polluted with Planet Debris

05.09.13 - Hubble found the building blocks for Earth-sized planets in an unlikely place – the atmospheres of a pair of burned-out stars called white dwarfs.

red lines form a rose against a field thick with stars

Hubble Sees the Remains of a Star Gone Supernova

05.03.13 - These thin, blood-red shells of gas are remnants from when an unstable progenitor star exploded violently as a supernova around 600 years ago.

A bright star on the right appears to illuminate a swath of smoke trailing down and to the left

Hubble’s View of a Changing Fan

04.26.13 - PV Cep is a favorite target for amateur astronomers because the fan-shaped nebulosity, known as GM 1-29 or Gyulbudaghian’s Nebula, changes over a timescale of months.

mugshot - woman

Jennifer Wiseman Discusses Hubble Telescope

04.25.13 - Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for Hubble, discusses the history and the status of the pioneering space telescope.

A blue-white comet burns through the blackness, tail blazing southwest of a bright point of white light

Hubble Captures Comet ISON

04.23.13 - This image of Comet ISON was captured April 10, when the comet was slightly closer to the Sun than Jupiter, 386 million miles, or 394 million miles from Earth.

Horsehead Nebula in infrared

Horsehead of a Different Color

04.19.13 - The iconic Horsehead Nebula seen in a new, infrared light marks the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory's launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990.

Palomar 2

One of the 'Hidden 15'

04.19.13 - Palomar 2 is part of a group of 15 globular clusters discovered in the 1950s. They were discovered relatively recently because they are so faint.

elliptical galaxy NGC 2768

Dusty Details in Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

04.12.13 - The soft glow in this image is NGC 2768, an elliptical galaxy located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear).

in this image, rotated 90-degrees from the orientation recorded by Hubble - a spoon-shaped galaxy features a bright starburst on the spoon end

Hubble Sees Light and Dust in a Nearby Starburst Galaxy

04.05.13 - Visible as a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky, J082354.96 is a starburst galaxy, so named because of the incredibly high rate of star formation occurring within it.

fuzzy gray background with arrow pointing to a bright dot.

Hubble Breaks Record in Search for Farthest Supernova

04.04.13 - Hubble found the farthest supernova ever recorded. Supernova SN Wilson, named after American President Woodrow Wilson, exploded more than 10 billion years ago.

A bright yellow starburst next to a bright, burst star - pink and white tendrils of gas dissipate away from a central glowing disc

Hubble Sees J 900 Masquerading as a Double Star

03.29.13 - The object in this image is Jonckheere 900 or J 900, a planetary nebula — glowing shells of ionized gas pushed out by a dying star.

The central portion of this spiral galaxy is the only part visible, giving it an asymmetric form with a tail

Hubble Digs Up Galactic Glow Worm

03.22.13 - The twisted, wormlike structure of this galaxy is most likely the result of a collision and subsequent merger of two galaxies. Such interactions are quite common.

A white circular structure ringed with pink clusters of old stars

Hubble Gazes on a Rosy Ring Galaxy

03.15.13 - Ring galaxies are mysterious objects. They are thought to form when one galaxy slices through the disk of another, larger, one.

Hubble image of part of spiral galaxy IC 5052

Blue Bursts of Hot Young Stars Captured by Hubble

03.08.13 - This image, speckled with blue, white, and yellow light, shows part of the spiral galaxy IC 5052.

This is a Digitized Sky Survey image of the oldest star with a well-determined age in our galaxy. The aging star, cataloged as HD 140283, lies 190.1 light-years away.

Hubble Finds Birth Certificate of Oldest Known Star

03.07.13 - This 'Methuselah star,' cataloged as HD 140283, has been known about for more than a century because of its fast motion across the sky.

Gravitational lensing distorts Hubble's view of this spiral galaxy in the Abell 68 cluster.

Gravitational Lens Creates Space Invader 'Cartoon'

03.05.13 - A phenomenon called gravitational lensing gives this spiral galaxy the look of a simulated alien from the 1970s "Space Invaders!" arcade game.

Hubble view of planetary nebula ESO 456-67

Hubble Observes Glowing, Fiery Shells of Gas

03.01.13 - It may look like something from "The Lord of the Rings," but this fiery swirl is actually a planetary nebula known as ESO 456-67.

A jet from the darkness top left streams ribbons of dust and luminous gasses

Hubble Sees a Glowing Jet From A Young Star

02.22.13 - HH 151 is a bright jet of glowing material trailed by an intricate, orange-hued plume of gas and dust, located some 460 light-years away in the constellation of Taurus.

A large, luminous v pointed down to the lower right, shows two edge-on galaxies colliding. Flashes of blue like glitter and distant background galaxies can be seen.

Hubble Sees Cosmic “Flying V” of Merging Galaxies

02.15.13 - This large “flying V” is actually two distinct objects — a pair of interacting galaxies known as IC 2184. Both the galaxies are seen almost edge-on here.

A bend sinister of a side-on galaxy, showing a central dark dust lane and several bright stars shining through

Hubble Catches a Side-on Spiral Streak

02.08.13 - This thin, glittering streak of stars is the spiral galaxy ESO 121-6, which lies in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter's Easel).

composite image of Spitzer and Hubble views of LRLL 54361 and artist concept of possible central object

Strobe-Like Flashes in Suspected Binary Protostar

02.07.13 - Two of NASA's great observatories have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light.

Dazzlingly complex galaxy with a golden, glowing center, blue-white spirals, sporadic pink blossoms of stars, dark filament lanes and rust-red streaks cutting across the spirals

A Cosmological Masterpiece

02.05.13 - Renowned astro-photographer Robert Gendler combined Hubble archive data with his own ground-based observations to assemble a photo illustration of the magnificent spiral galaxy M106.

A ball of light, streaked with threads of dust and encircled by an outer bubble

Hubble Catches the Moment the Lights Went Out

02.01.13 - The galaxy in this image marks a transitional phase - a young star-forming galaxy settles down to become a massive, red and dead galaxy.

You see, it looks like a globular cluster, but it's not!

Hubble Finds Appearances can be Deceptive

01.25.13 - Globular clusters are roughly spherical collections of extremely old stars, and around 150 of them are scattered around our galaxy. This is not one of them.

Hubble image of Large Magellanic Cloud portion

Hidden Treasure in Large Magellanic Cloud

01.23.13 - Nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud floats in space, in a long and slow dance around the Milky Way.

a spiral galaxy streaks across the upper right, flanked by a bright star lower left

Hubble Focuses on "the Great Attractor"

01.18.13 - Hubble captured a busy patch of space, scattered with many nearby stars. The field also has numerous galaxies in the background.

A central scattering of fine stars with a breakouts of blue and background galaxies shining through

Hubble Views a Dwarf Galaxy

01.11.13 - NGC 5477, a dwarf galaxy in the Messier 101 group, lacks obvious structure but shows visible signs of ongoing star birth.

This false-color composite image reveals the orbital motion of the planet Fomalhaut b.

Hubble Reveals Rogue Planetary Orbit For Fomalhaut B

01.08.13 - Newly released Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut, and of a mysterious planet circling it, may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system.

Background stars burn from behind an almond-shaped blurry white galaxy and a diffuse speckled glob of stars

The Galaxy Puzzle in the Constellation of Centaurus

01.04.13 - Astronomers initially thought NCG 5011B and NGC 5011C were the same distance from the Earth. That would make them very close in the cosmos, yet there is no sign of interaction between them.

a beautiful barred-spiral stretches out long from a round, bright-yellow glowing core

Hubble Sees a Wanderer Dancing the Dance of Stars and Space

12.28.12 - Hubble provides us this week with a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097.

composite image of Hubble and Webb e-book covers

New e-Books Showcase 2 NASA Space Telescopes

12.21.12 - The e-books, produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, showcase the Hubble and Webb space telescopes.

a thin sliver of a galaxy seen edge on - one of the flattest Hubble has imaged - with two bright stars burning upper right

Hubble Eyes the Needle Galaxy

12.21.12 - Like finding a silver needle in the haystack of space, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the spiral galaxy IC 2233, one of the flattest galaxies known.

A Cosmic Holiday Ornament, Hubble Style

A Cosmic Holiday Ornament, Hubble-Style

12.18.12 - 'Tis the season for holiday decorating so astronomers using Hubble have photographed a festive-looking nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189.

A smoky-blue double-shell of gas around an exploded star, splattered with pink

Hubble's "Smoky" Shells

12.14.12 - Located in a lonely region of space 4,200 light-years away and difficult to see using an amateur telescope, the lonesome planetary nebula NGC 7354 is often overlooked.

This new image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2012 campaign reveals a previously unseen population of seven faraway galaxies.

Hubble Provides First Census of Galaxies Near Cosmic Dawn

12.12.12 - Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers uncovered a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was less than 4 percent of its present age.

This new image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2012 campaign reveals a previously unseen population of seven faraway galaxies.

2012 Hubble Ultra Deep Field

This new image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) 2012 campaign reveals a previously unseen population of seven faraway galaxies, which are observed as they appeared in a period 350 million to 600 ...

sparkly glittery galaxy is less diffuse than most

Hubble's Glitter galaxy: The ESO 318-13 galaxy

12.07.12 - The brilliant cascade of stars through the middle of this image is the galaxy ESO 318-13 as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Bright pink nebulae almost completely encircle a spiral galaxy in this NASA ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 922.

Hubble Sees a Galaxy Hit a Bulls-eye

12.06.12 - Bright pink nebulae almost completely encircle a spiral galaxy in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 922.

diffuse fuzzy blue galaxy with no spirals but clouds of brighter and darker material near the center

Hubble Spots a Peculiar Compact Blue Dwarf Galaxy

11.30.12 - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured an impressive image of the irregular galaxy NGC 5253, the nearest of the compact blue dwarf galaxies.

Spectacular jets powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A.

A Multi-Wavelength View of Radio Galaxy Hercules A

11.29.12 - The combined imaging power of Hubble and Jansky VLA are shown in this image of spectacular jets powered by a super massive black hole.

an assymetric galaxy with swirls of bluish stars and two bright flares

Hubble Eyes a Loose Spiral Galaxy

11.21.12 - Hubble spotted the spiral galaxy ESO 499-G37, seen here against a backdrop of distant galaxies, scattered with nearby stars.

Galaxies scattered against a black background

Hubble Traps Galactic Fireflies

11.16.12 - Galaxies glow like fireflies on a dark night in this Hubble image. The upper central galaxy is a gigantic elliptical galaxy designated 4C 73.08.

The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, is very young and only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way.

Great Observatories Find Candidate for Most Distant Object

11.15.12 - With Hubble and Spitzer and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in space, astronomers have found the most distant galaxy seen in the universe.

Planetary nebula Abell 30

A Reborn Planetary Nebula

11.15.12 - Chandra images of the planetary nebula Abell 30 show one of the clearest views ever obtained of a special phase of evolution for these objects.

An aging galaxy

Hubble Spots a Colorful Lenticular Galaxy

11.09.12 - Hubble captured a beautiful galaxy in a period of transition from life as a spiral galaxy to a less defined elliptical galaxy. As a lenticular galaxy, NGC 5010 has features of both spirals and ellipticals.

Sprinkling of white stars with dazzling reds and blues

Hubble Sees an Unexpected Population of Young-Looking Stars

11.02.12 - Hubble peered deep into the center of globular cluster NGC 6362, which contains a high concentration of stars with different colors.

illustration showing three possible scenarios for the evolution of asteroid belts

'Just Right' Asteroid Belts May Be Life-Friendly

11.01.12 - Solar systems with life-bearing planets may be rare if they depend on the presence of asteroid belts of just the right mass.

a thick asymmetrical mass of stars surrounding a splotch of pink, star-forming areas

Hubble Sees Violent Star Formation Episodes in Dwarf Galaxies

10.26.12 - NGC 3738, a starburst galaxy, is in the midst of a violent episode of star formation: converting reservoirs of hydrogen gas into stars.

Hubble image of Abell 2261

Monster Galaxy May Have Been Stirred Up By Black-hole Mischief

10.25.12 - Astronomers using Hubble have obtained a remarkable new view of a whopper of an elliptical galaxy that may have been puffed up by the actions of one or more black holes in its core.

artist concept of Fomalhaut and exoplanet

Doubted Exoplanet 'Back from the Dead'

10.25.12 - A second look at Hubble data is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet.

artist concept of quasar

Quasar May Be Embedded in Unusually Dusty Galaxy

10.23.12 - So much dust shrouds one distant galaxy that its stars are entirely hidden, but the Webb telescope may be able to peer through the murk.

an off-center spiral galaxy, fringed by several nearby bright stars

Hubble Sees Galaxy in a spin

10.19.12 - NGC 3344 is a glorious spiral galaxy around half the size of the Milky Way, which lies 25 million light-years distant.

A flash of light, with tails of red and white light curling up and to the right and down and to the left

Hubble Sees a Planetary Nebula in the Making

10.11.12 - Planetary nebulae — the expanding, glowing shells of gas coming from sun-like stars at the end of their lives — are some of the most fascinating objects in the night sky.

A hazy blob of stars punctuated by close golden bursts

Hubble Sees Cosmic Riches

10.04.12 - This dazzling image shows the globular cluster Messier 69, or M 69 for short, as viewed through the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

A fuzzy, edge-on spiral galaxy bend sinister with dust lanes lacing the thickest part

Hubble Portrays a Dusty Spiral Galaxy

09.28.12 - This week, we highlight the galaxy NGC 4183, seen here with a beautiful backdrop of distant galaxies and nearby stars.

2012 Hubble eXtreme Deep Field

Hubble Assembles Farthest Universe View Ever

09.25.12 - Ten years' worth of data went into compiling the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, the deepest view of our universe ever created.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 dense stars in the center, tapering out to darker space with a few bright ones sprinkled about

Hubble Captures a Collection of Ancient Stars

08.24.12 - Hubble captured the globular cluster Messier 56, located about 33,000 light years from the Earth in the constellation of Lyra.

DDO 190

Hubble Sees a Lonely Galactic Island

08.17.12 - Many galaxies, like irregular dwarf DDO 190, are comparatively isolated, without close neighbors.

Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have caught two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging.

Hubble Watches Star Clusters on a Collision Course

08.16.12 - Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have caught two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging.

wispy blue and aqua clouds, shot through with dark filaments and cut with blazing stars

Hubble's Close Encounter with the Tarantula

08.10.12 - Turning its eye to the Tarantula Nebula, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken this close-up of the outskirts of the main cloud of the Nebula.

Hubble captures globular cluster Messier 68.

Hubble Sees a Ten Billion Year Stellar Dance

08.03.12 - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope offers this delightful view of the crowded stellar encampment called Messier 68, a spherical, star-filled region of space known as a globular cluster.

Hubble captures globular cluster Messier 68.

A Ten Billion Year Stellar Dance

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope offers this delightful view of the crowded stellar encampment called Messier 68, a spherical, star-filled region of space known as a globular cluster. Mutual gravit...

A diffuse edge-on disc galaxy with a heart of hot pink star-forming areas.

Hubble Sees a Galaxy Festooned with Stellar Nurseries

07.27.12 - The galaxy NGC 4700 bears the signs of the vigorous birth of many new stars in this image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Oooh. Sparkly stars!

Hubble Has an Audience of Stellar Flashbulbs

07.20.12 - Hubble captured a crowd of stars that looks rather like a stadium darkened before a show, lit only by the flashes of the audience’s cameras.

The thin end of an edge-on galaxy like some shining blade against the starry sky

Hubble Sees the Needle Galaxy, Edge-on and Up Close

07.13.12 - NGC 4565 has been nicknamed the Needle Galaxy because, when seen in full, it appears as a very narrow streak of light on the sky.

Hubble image of Pluto and its moons

Hubble Discovers Fifth Moon Around Pluto

07.11.12 - A year after helping to discover a fourth moon around Pluto, Hubble has observed a fifth orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet.

These Hubble images show the dim, star-starved dwarf galaxy Leo IV.

Hubble Unmasks Ghost Galaxies

07.10.12 - Astronomers have puzzled over why some puny, extremely faint galaxies in our Milky Way galaxy's back yard contain so few stars. Hubble is helping solve the mystery of these star-starved galaxies.

Starburst with radiating lines pushing a bubble of reddish haze out from an exploding star

Hubble Sees Red Giant Blow a Bubble

07.06.12 - Camelopardalis, or U Cam for short, is a star nearing the end of its life. As it begins to run low on fuel, it is becoming unstable.

bluish plumes of gas from a new-forming star spew through the cosmos like a stream of smoke and sparks from a rocket.

Hubble Views a Cosmic Skyrocket

07.03.12 - Herbig-Haro 110 is a geyser of hot gas from a newborn star that splashes up against and ricochets off the dense core of a cloud of molecular hydrogen.

Galaxy DDO 82

Vapor of Stars

06.29.12 - Though this galaxy is tiny compared to our Milky Way, this "vapor" (formally DDO 82) still contains millions of stars.

This artist's rendering illustrates the evaporation of HD 189733b's atmosphere in response to a powerful eruption from its host star.

Hubble, Swift Detect First-Ever Changes in an Exoplanet Atmosphere

06.28.12 - Astronomers have made an unparalleled observation: significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system.

Hubble image showing an arc of blue light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing 10 billion light-years away.

NASA's Hubble Spots Rare Gravitational Arc from Distant, Hefty Galaxy Cluster

06.26.12 - Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a puzzling arc of light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing 10 billion light-years away.

a coarse sprinkling of stars cut with bright slashes of red and blue against the black velvet of space

Hubble Views the Globular Cluster M10

06.22.12 - Messier 10 is a ball of stars that lies about 15,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer).

These four galaxies have so much dust surrounding them, their quasars cannot be seen.

The Homes of Quasars

The galaxies in these four images have so much dust surrounding them that the brilliant light from their quasars cannot be seen in these Hubble Space Telescope images. Quasars are the brilliant beacon...

These four galaxies have so much dust surrounding them, their quasars cannot be seen.

Most Quasars Live on Snacks, Not Large Meals

06.19.12 - Astronomers are uncovering an underlying population of fainter quasars that thrive in normal-looking spiral galaxies.

a central cluster of stars on a black field with one bright standout at 4 O'Clock

Compact Blue Dwarf Can’t Hide from Hubble

06.15.12 - The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this view of the dwarf galaxy UGC 5497, which looks a bit like salt sprinkled on black velvet in this image.

Hubble's Cosmic Collision image

Chance Alignment Between Galaxies Mimics a Cosmic Collision

06.14.12 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a rare view of a pair of overlapping galaxies which look as if they are colliding, but they are actually separated by tens of millions of light-years.

Hubble (circled) transits the sun along with Venus.

Hubble Transits Across the Sun with Venus

In the middle of the Venus transit, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) also transited the Sun taking approximately 0.9 seconds to complete its transit. The nine tiny circled features in this photo are H...

The nova is the yellow spot in the upper left corner of this image of the edge of galaxy M-99

Hubble Spots a Bright Spark in a Nearby Spiral Galaxy

06.08.12 - The orange star in the upper left of this Hubble image may have devoured one of its larger planets a few years back, causing it to flare brightly.

White and blue wisps of smoke and pink curds erupt outward from a single dying star

Hubble Sees a Celestial Swan and Butterfly

06.04.12 - Located just beyond the tail of Cygnus (The Swan), this butterfly-shaped cloud of glowing gas and dust is the wreckage of a star similar to the Sun.

illustration of how Andromeda and the Milky Way might look in Earth's night sky in 3.75 billion years

Milky Way Destined for Head-On Collision

05.31.12 - The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during an encounter with the Andromeda galaxy, predicted to happen 4 billion years from now.

ESO 498-G5's luminous spiral arms with dark filaments wind all the way in to the center

Hubble Sees A Spiral Within a Spiral

05.25.12 - ESO 498-G5's spiral arms wind all the way into the center, so its core looks like a bit like a miniature spiral galaxy.

closeup of ngc 891 showing dark filaments escaping the galactic halo

Hubble Spies Edge-on Beauty

05.18.12 - Hubble caught this close up of the northern half of NGC891, approximately 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Andromeda.

Composite image of galaxy UGC 5189A

A Supernova Cocoon Breakthrough

05.15.12 - Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory may help astronomers understand why some supernovas are much more powerful than others.

This mottled landscape showing the impact crater Tycho is among the most violent-looking places on our Moon.

Hubble to Use Moon as Mirror to See Venus Transit

05.04.12 - Hubble cannot look at the sun directly, so astronomers are planning to point the telescope at the Earth's moon, using it as a mirror to capture reflected sunlight that is filtered through Venus's atmosphere.

galaxies scattered like glitter

Hubble Sees the Eye of the Storm in Galaxy Cluster

05.04.12 - Zooming into the central part of a galaxy cluster — one of the largest structures of the Universe — is rather like looking at the eye of the storm.

Composite image of spiral galaxy M83

Black Hole Outburst in Spiral Galaxy M83

04.30.12 - Chandra has discovered an extraordinary black hole outburst in spiral galaxy M83, located about 15 million light years from Earth.

Hubble image of the Egg Nebula

Egg Nebula's 'Searchlight' Beams

04.27.12 - This Hubble image of the Egg Nebula shows one of the best views to date of the brief but dramatic end phase in a star's life.

stars peer through a blue/lavender haze in NGC 2040

Hubble Peeks inside a Stellar Cloud

04.20.12 - These bright stars shine through what looks like a haze in the night sky as part of a young stellar grouping in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Hubble captures images of auroras on Uranus

Hubble Spots Aurorae on the Planet Uranus

04.18.12 - These are among the first clear images, taken from the distance of Earth, to show aurorae on the planet Uranus.

The image comprises one of the largest mosaics ever assembled from Hubble photos.

Hubble's View of a Turbulent Star-Making Region

04.17.12 - Young stars are vying for attention in this image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, located in the Tarantula Nebula.

Hubble image of Messier 70 cluster is tightly packed toward the center

Hubble Sees Messier 70: Tight and Bright

04.13.12 - Having so many shining stars piled atop one another makes globular clusters a popular target for amateur skywatchers and scientists.

NGC 4980 in Hydra appears slightly deformed

A Spiral Galaxy in Hydra

04.06.12 - This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 4980, a spiral galaxy in the southern constellation of Hydra.

NGC 2683

Hubble Spies Edge-on Spiral Galaxy

03.30.12 - NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship.

dazzling Hubble starfield of Messier 9

Hubble Sees Glittering Jewels of Messier 9

03.23.12 - This ball of stars is too faint to see with the naked eye, yet Hubble can see over 250,000 individual stars shining in it.

The breathtaking butterfly like planetary nebula NGC 6881 is visible here in an image taken by the NASA ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Stellar Voyage of a Butterfly-like Planetary Nebula

03.16.12 - The breathtaking butterfly-like planetary nebula NGC 6881 is visible here in an image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

gravitational arc in a spiral galaxy seen by Hubble Space Telescope

Quasars Acting as Gravitational Lenses

03.15.12 - Quasars, which act as gravitational lenses, amplify and distort images of galaxies aligned behind them.

hubble composite image of jupiter showing chevrons in the jet stream near the red spot

Cassini Spies Wave Rattling Jet Stream on Jupiter

03.12.12 - New movies of Jupiter are the first to catch an invisible wave shaking up one of the giant planet's jet streams, an interaction that also takes place in Earth's atmosphere.

Hubble image of galaxy NGC 1483

Hubble Image of Galaxies' El Dorado

03.09.12 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the galaxy NGC 1483. NGC 1483 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the southern constellation of Dorado.

Hubble Dark Matter Core image

Dark Matter Core Defies Explanation

03.02.12 - This composite image shows the distribution of dark matter, galaxies, and hot gas in the core of the merging galaxy cluster Abell 520.

the Antlia Dwarf galaxy

Antlia Dwarf Galaxy Peppers the Sky with Stars

03.02.12 - The myriad faint stars that comprise the Antlia Dwarf galaxy are more than 4 million light-years from Earth.

Eta Carinae

Preview of a Forthcoming Supernova

02.24.12 - In 1843, Eta Carinae was the second-brightest star in the night sky. By the 20th century, it was invisible to the naked eye.


Hubble Discovers Waterworld Planet

02.21.12 - Even stars that appear static are subject to change -- some because the gas disc from their death throes periodically obscure their brilliance.

galaxy ESO 243-49

A Black Hole and a Cannibal Galaxy

02.16.12 - This edge-on galaxy, called ESO 243-49, is home to a mid-sized black hole that may have been stripped off of a cannibalized dwarf galaxy.

hubble image of hen3-1333 is a bright star surrounded by a hazy film

A Sheep in Wolf-Rayet's Clothing

02.17.12 - Even stars that appear static are subject to change -- some because the gas disc from their death throes periodically obscure their brilliance.

Markarian 779 has a distorted appearance because it is likely the product of a recent galactic merger between two spirals.

Transforming Galaxies

02.10.12 - Markarian 779 has a distorted appearance because it is likely the product of a recent galactic merger between two spirals.

NGC 6752

Young Stars at Home in Ancient Cluster

02.08.12 - Looking like a hoard of gems fit for an emperor's collection, this deep sky object called NGC 6752 is in fact far more worthy of admiration.

barred spiral galaxy NGC 1073

Hubble Observes NGC 1073

02.06.12 - Hubble has imaged the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1073, which is found in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster).

close-up look at brightest distant

Hubble Zooms in on a Magnified Galaxy

02.02.12 - Thanks to the presence of a natural "zoom lens" in space, Hubble got a uniquely close-up look at the brightest "magnified" galaxy yet discovered.

Supernova SN Primo

NASA's Hubble Breaks New Ground with Distant Supernova Discovery

01.11.12 - Three images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal the emergence of an exploding star, called a supernova.

Hubble image of Type Ia Supernova Remnant 0509-67.5 is pretty

Hubble Solves Mystery on Source of Supernova in Nearby Galaxy

01.11.12 - The decades-long search for Type Ia supernovae progenitors has taken on special importance due to their use in measuring the acceleration of the universe.

'ultra-blue' stars in M31

Hubble Finds Rare Ultra-Blue Stars

01.11.12 - Peering deep inside the hub of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, Hubble has uncovered a large, rare population of hot, bright stars.

This is a Hubble image of the 100 million solar mass black hole at the hub of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31, or the Andromeda galaxy.

Hubble Zooms in on Double Nucleus in Andromeda Galaxy

01.11.12 - A new Hubble Space Telescope image centers on the 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the hub of the neighboring spiral Andromeda galaxy, the only galaxy outside the Milky Way visible to the naked eye.

The composite image at left reveals the location of five tiny galaxies clustered together 13.1 billion light years away.

Hubble Pinpoints Farthest Protocluster of Galaxies Ever Seen

01.10.12 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the most distant grouping of a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development ever observed in the early universe.

Distant galaxies known, called GN-108036

NASA Telescopes Help Find Rare Galaxy at Dawn of Time

12.21.11 - A remote, blob-shaped galaxy has been found bursting with stars by NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes.

Hubble image of S106

Hubble Serves Up a Holiday Snow Angel

12.06.11 - NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope presents a festive holiday greeting in the form of a soaring, celestial snow angel.

Illustration showing the number of papers written from Hubble observations.

Hubble Racks Up 10,000 Science Papers

12.06.11 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope becomes one of the most prolific astronomical endeavors in history after racking up 10,000 scientific papers.

Hubble image of a planetary nebula

Hubble Finds Stellar Life and Death

11.22.11 - A new Hubble image shows a collection of hundreds of thousands of stars in a dwarf galaxy neighbor of the Milky Way.

illustration of how a galaxy can recycle material

Galaxies: The Ultimate Recyclers

11.17.11 - New Hubble observations are expanding astronomers' understanding of how galaxies recycle immense volumes of hydrogen gas and heavy elements.

Hubble Tiny Galaxies image

NASA's Hubble Observes Young Dwarf Galaxies Bursting With Stars

11.10.11 - Using its near-infrared vision to peer 9 billion years back in time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of young dwarf galaxies brimming with star formation.

Hubble image of merging galaxies

Astronomers Pin Down Galaxy Collision Rate

10.27.11 - The merger rate is one of the fundamental measures of galaxy evolution, yielding clues to how galaxies bulked up over time through encounters with other galaxies.

Galaxies are distorted by dark matter in this hubble image of cluster MACS 1206

Ambitious Hubble Survey Obtaining New Dark Matter Census

10.13.11 - A Hubble survey of 25 galactic clusters reveals the most comprehensive data to date on the distribution dark matter by observing the visual distortion or lensing due to invisible matter in the clusters.

System HR 8799

Planets Found in Decade-Old Hubble Data

10.06.11 - A painstaking re-analysis of Hubble Space Telescope images from 1998 has uncovered two extrasolar planets that went undetected at the time.

In this artist's illustration, turbulent winds of gas swirl around a black hole.

Space Telescopes Reveal Secrets of Turbulent Black Hole

09.29.11 - A fleet of spacecraft including the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered unprecedented details in the surroundings of a black hole.

young galaxy imaged by Hubble

Low-Mass Galaxies Can Harbor Supermassive Black Holes

09.15.11 - Using the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, astronomers have found supermassive black holes growing in surprisingly small galaxies.

A still from Hubble movies of supersonic jets.

Hubble Sees Supersonic Jets from Young Stars

08.31.11 - New movies created from years of Hubble still images provide new details about the stellar birthing process, showing energetic jets of glowing gas ejected from young stars.

Hubble necklace nebula

Hubble Offers a Dazzling 'Necklace'

08.11.11 - A giant cosmic necklace glows brightly in Hubble's latest image.

Combination of two Hubble WFC3/UVIS images of the pluto system from June 28 and July 3, 2011 showing known moons and their orbits and new moon P4.

Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

07.20.11 - Hubble Space Telescope's keen vision has found yet another moon (the fourth) orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet Pluto.

Hubble image of Neptune

Hubble's Neptune Anniversary Pictures

07.12.11 - Neptune has completed its first full orbit since it was discovered nearly 165 years ago. Hubble commemorated the event with "anniversary pictures."

Millionth observation by Hubble

NASA's Hubble Makes One Millionth Science Observation

07.05.11 - On July 4, 2011, Hubble logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away.

Hubble image of Pandora's Cluster

Pandora’s Cluster — Clash of the Titans

06.22.11 - Pandora's Cluster appears to be the result of a simultaneous pile-up of at least four separate, smaller galaxy clusters about 350 million years ago.

Hubble image of the dark lanes of crisscrossing dust in the Centaurus A galaxy.

Firestorm of Star Birth in Centaurus A

06.16.11 - Resembling looming rain clouds on a stormy day, dark lanes of dust crisscross the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. Hubble’s panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, reveals the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust.

Hubble image of SN 1987A

New Supernova Remnant Lights Up

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are witnessing the unprecedented transition of a supernova to a supernova remnant, where light from an exploding star in a neighboring galaxy, the Large...

Blue straggler stars in the Milky Way

NASA's Hubble Finds Rare 'Blue Straggler' Stars in Milky Way's Hub

05.25.11 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found a rare class of oddball stars called blue stragglers in the hub of our Milky Way, the first detected within our galaxy's bulge.

Cepheid variable star V1 in M31.

Hubble Views the Star That Changed the Universe

05.23.11 - Though the universe is filled with billions upon billions of stars, the discovery of a single variable star in 1923 altered the course of modern astronomy.

Hubble image of NGC 4214

Star-Formation Laboratory

The dwarf galaxy NGC 4214 is ablaze with young stars and gas clouds. Located around 10 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs), the galaxy's close proximity,...

Asteroid Scheila showing dust plumes from a suspected impact

Swift and Hubble Probe Asteroid Collision Debris

04.28.11 - On Dec. 11, 2010,asteroid Scheila flared twice as bright as expected. Hubble and Swift captured the aftermath of this deep space collision.

Hubble image of Arp 273

Hubble Marks 21st B-day with 'Rose'

04.20.11 - For its 21st birthday in April 2011, the Hubble Space Telescope gave astronomers a "rose" of galaxies.

Giant cluster of elliptical galaxies

NASA Telescopes Help Discover Surprisingly Young Galaxy

04.12.11 - Astronomers have uncovered one of the youngest galaxies in the distant universe, with stars that formed 13.5 billion years ago, a mere 200 million years after the Big Bang.

Hubble view of galaxy NGC 5584

Hubble Rules Out Dark Energy Alternative

03.14.11 - Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have ruled out an alternate theory on the nature of dark energy after recalculating the expansion rate of the universe.

Spiral galaxy NGC 2841

Majestic Disk of Stars

The Hubble Space Telescope revealed this majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841.

A bright cusp of starlight marks the galaxy's center. Spiraling o...

Object UDFj-39546284

Hubble Spots Farthest Object Yet Seen

01.26.11 - Hubble has spotted what astronomers believe is the most distant object ever seen in the universe.

These images by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show off two dramatically different views of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.

The Two-faced Whirlpool Galaxy

01.13.11 - These images by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show off two dramatically different views of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Hubble Deep Field showing candidates for lensing

Gravity Gives Astronomers a Boost

01.12.11 - Astronomers who survey galaxies in the distant universe are getting some unexpected help from gravity, according to a new study.

Hubble's newest space oddity image

Hubble Snaps Image of Space Oddity

01.10.11 - An unusual, ghostly green blob of gas dubbed Hanny's Voorwerp (Hanny's Object in Dutch) appears to float near a normal-looking spiral galaxy.

artists' concept of a red dwarf emitting powerful flares

NASA's Hubble Finds that Puny Stars Pack a Big Punch

01.10.11 - A deep survey of more than 200,000 stars in our Milky Way galaxy has unveiled the sometimes petulant behavior of tiny red dwarf stars.

Hubble image from Dec 14 2010

Hubble Supernova Bubble Resembles Holiday Ornament

12.14.10 - A delicate sphere of gas, photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, floats serenely in the depths of space like a glass holiday ornament.

Hubble images of elliptical galaxy NGC 4150

Hubble Captures New 'Life' in an Ancient Galaxy

11.18.10 - New Hubble observations are showing that elliptical galaxies, once thought to be billions of years past their heydays, still have some youthful vigor left.

Hubble image of Abell 1689

Dark Matter Map Yields Clues to Galaxy Cluster Growth

11.12.10 - Astronomers using the Hubble took advantage of a cosmic magnifying glass to create a detailed map of dark matter in the universe.

Hubble WFC3 image of Omega Centauri

Hubble Data Used to Look 10,000 Years into the Future

10.26.10 - A precise measurement of star motions in giant clusters can yield insights into how stellar groupings formed in the early universe - and how their individual stars move.

Hubble image of NGC 3982

Pinwheel of Star Birth

10.19.10 - Though the universe is full of spiral-shaped galaxies, no two look exactly the same. This face-on view is striking for its rich tapestry of star birth.

This Hubble image, taken January 29, 2010 with Wide Field Camera 3, reveal a point-like object about 400 feet (120 meters) wide, with a long, flowing dust tail behind a never-before-seen X pattern, which remained intact.

Hubble Captures Aftermath of Asteroid Collision

10.13.10 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first snapshots of a suspected asteroid collision. The images show a bizarre X-shaped object at the head of a comet-like trail of material.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped these images of the asteroid Vesta

NASA Mission to Asteroid Gets Help From Hubble

10.08.10 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of the large asteroid Vesta that will help refine plans for the Dawn spacecraft's rendezvous with Vesta in July 2011.

illustration showing age of universe

Hubble Uncovers an Overheated Early Universe

10.07.10 - During the universe's early years, fierce radiation blasts from active galaxies stunted the growth of some small galaxies for some 500 million years.

Comet 103P Hartley 2 image from Hubble

Hubble Probes Comet 103P/Hartley 2

10.05.10 - Hubble's observations of comet 103P Hartley 2 are helping in the planning for the flyby of the comet by NASA's DIXI spacecraft.

Carina Nebula

Cosmic Ice Sculptures

09.16.10 - In the cold vacuum of space, there is no edible ice cream, but there is radiation from massive stars that is carving away at cold molecular clouds.

Hubble image of galaxy NGC 4911

'Island Universe' in the Coma Cluster

08.10.10 - A long-exposure Hubble image shows a majestic face-on spiral galaxy located deep within the Coma Cluster of galaxies, 320 million light-years away.

Two colliding galaxies in the Antennae galaxies

A Galactic Spectacle

08.05.10 - Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer have pooled resources to view a beautiful collision within the Antennae Galaxies.

Artist's view of hypervelocity star HE 0437-5439

Hyperfast Star Booted From Milky Way

07.22.10 - A hundred million years ago, a triple-star system was traveling through the bustling center of the Milky Way when it made a life-changing misstep.

artist concept of exoplanet HD 209458b

NASA Finds Super-Hot Planet with Comet-Like Tail

07.15.10 - Astronomers using Hubble have found a gas-giant planet outside our solar system that is so hot its atmosphere is escaping into space, giving it a peculiar comet-like tail.

NGC 3603

Starburst Cluster Shows Celestial Fireworks

07.06.10 - Like a July 4 fireworks display a young, glittering collection of stars seen by Hubble resemble an aerial burst.

Hubble image of Jupiter's mysterious flash.

Mysterious Flash on Jupiter Left No Debris Cloud

06.16.10 - Detailed observations made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found an answer to the flash of light seen June 3 on Jupiter.

CH Cyg, a binary star system

CH Cyg: Codependent Stellar Living

06.09.10 - A new Chandra image shows the symbiotic system known as CH Cyg, located only about 800 light years from Earth.

Artist's concept of the exoplanet WASP-12b.

Hubble Finds a Star Eating a Planet

05.20.10 - The planet WASP 12b is so close to its sunlike star that it may only have another 10 million years left before it is completely devoured.

Closeup of Jupiter showing asteroid scar

Hubble Images Suggest Rogue Asteroid Smacked Jupiter

06.03.10 - Without warning, a mystery object struck Jupiter on July 19, 2009, leaving a dark bruise the size of the Pacific Ocean.

Artist depiction of Upsilon Andromedae.

Hubble Sees 'Out of Whack' Planetary System

05.24.10 - Astronomers are reporting today the discovery of a planetary system way out of tilt, where the orbits of two planets are at a steep angle to each other.

Runaway star inset in 30 Doradus nebula

Astronomers Nab Runaway Star

05.11.10 - A heavy runaway star is rushing away from a nearby stellar nursery at more than 250,000 miles an hour, a speed that will get you to the Moon and back in two hours.

The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2

Hubble Camera Arrives in Time for JPL Open House

05.11.10 - The historic Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, built by JPL for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, has arrived at JPL in advance of this weekend's annual Open House.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope after servicing.

Hubble Celebrates 20 Years of Astonishing Discoveries

04.23.10 - The Hubble Space Telescope roared into space 20 years ago to begin a career rewriting what we know about the universe around us.

Hubble image of Carina Nebula

New Images Showcase 20 Years of Hubble

04.22.10 - NASA is releasing a new Hubble photo of a small portion of one of the largest known star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.

This is an artist's conception of the binary system 2M J044144 showing the primary brown dwarf that is estimated to be approximately 20 times the mass of Jupiter (at left) and its companion that is estimated to be 7 times the mass of Jupiter (at right). The disk of the primary likely never had enough material to make a companion of this mass. As a result, this small companion probably formed like a binary star. In this illustration, both objects are presented at the same distance to show relative sizes. Not shown are two other nearby objects, a low-mass star and a brown dwarf that are probably both parts of this system.

Small Companion to Brown Dwarf

04.06.10 - Discovery of a planet-like object circling a brown dwarf is the right size for a planet, estimated to be 5-10 times the mass of Jupiter, but formed in record time.

image of Carina Nebula

Exploring the Carina Nebula by Touch

03.30.10 - A new, embossed Hubble image of the Carina Nebula allows visually impaired people to feel what they cannot see and form a picture of the nebula in their minds.

3D rendering of Orion Nebula

Experience Hubble's Universe in 3-D

03.19.10 - The cinematic space odysseys are part of the new Imax film "Hubble 3D," which opens today at select Imax theaters worldwide.

Hickson Compact Group 31

Jurassic Space: Ancient Galaxies Come Together

02.18.10 - A group of small, ancient galaxies are on their way to building a new galaxy after waiting 10 billion years to get the chance.

Hubble image of Pluto

New Hubble Maps of Pluto Show Surface Changes

02.04.10 - The images show an icy and dark molasses-colored, mottled world that is undergoing seasonal changes in its surface color and brightness.

Hubble image of comet-like object P/2010 A2

Suspected Asteroid Crash Leaves Odd Debris Trail

02.02.10 - The Hubble has observed a mysterious debris pattern that suggests a head-on collision between two asteroids. Such a smashup has never before been seen.

Hubble image of spiral galaxy NGC 2976

Hubble Catches End of Star-Making Party

01.14.10 - Galaxies throughout the universe are ablaze with star birth. But for a nearby, small spiral galaxy, the star-making party is almost over.

Hubble mosaic image of thousands of galaxies

Galaxy History Revealed in Colorful Hubble View

01.05.10 - More than 12 billion years of cosmic history are shown in this unprecedented view of thousands of galaxies in various stages of assembly.

Hubble August 2009 view of the universe

Hubble Reaches the "Undiscovered Country" of Primeval Galaxies

01.05.10 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has broken the distance limit for galaxies and uncovered a primordial population of compact and ultra-blue galaxies that have never been seen before.

Composite image of a so-called ultraluminous X-ray source, or ULX

Massive Black Hole Implicated in Stellar Destruction

01.04.10 - New results from Chandra suggest that a stellar remnant has been ripped apart by a massive black hole.

Artist's concept of the smallest Kuiper Belt object ever discovered.

Hubble Finds Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Ever Seen

12.16.09 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the smallest object ever seen in visible light in the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of icy debris that encircles the outer rim of the solar system beyond Neptune.

 NASA, ESA, and F. Paresce (INAF-IASF, Bologna, Italy), R. O'Connell (University of Virginia, Charlottesville), and the Wide Field Camera 3 Science Oversight Committee

Hubble's Festive View of a Grand Star-Forming Region

12.15.09 - Just in time for the holidays: a Hubble Space Telescope picture postcard of hundreds of brilliant blue stars wreathed by warm, glowing clouds.

near-infrared image of Hubble Ultra Deep Field region

Hubble Unveils Never-Before-Seen Galaxies

12.08.09 - The Hubble Telescope has made the deepest image of the universe ever taken in near-infrared light, showing galaxies never before seen.

Crab Nebula 2009

Crab Nebula: A Cosmic Icon

11.23.09 - Data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory provides clues about the workings of the mighty Crab Nebula.

A composite view of the Milky Way Galactic core

Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy

11.10.09 - NASA is unveiling a new view of the turbulent heart of our Milky Way galaxy, as seen by three of the agency's space-based observatories.

Hubble Image of M83 galaxy

Hubble Showcases Star Birth in Southern Pinwheel

11.05.09 - The spectacular new camera installed on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope during Servicing Mission 4 in May has delivered the most detailed view of star birth in the graceful, curving arms of the nearby spiral galaxy M83.

Hyperactive galaxy

Hyperactive Galaxies in the Early Universe

08.05.09 - Fast-moving stars shed new light on how these distant galaxies, which are a fraction the size of our Milky Way, may have evolved into the full-grown galaxies seen around us today.

Hubble image of Jupiter

Hubble Captures Rare Jupiter Collision

07.24.09 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the sharpest visible-light picture yet of atmospheric debris from an object that collided with Jupiter on July 19.

Final image taken of a nebula cluster by the WFPC

Hubble Photographs Nebula to Honor Retiring of Camera

05.11.09 - In tribute to Hubble's longest-running optical camera, a planetary nebula has been imaged as WFPC2's final "pretty picture."

Hubble image of galaxy NGC 3021

Refined Hubble Constant Narrows in on Dark Energy

05.07.09 - Whatever dark energy is, explanations for it have less wiggle room following a Hubble Space Telescope observation.

Hubble image of a starburst in a dwarf galaxy

Dwarf Galaxy Starbursts: A Global Affair

04.30.09 - Starbursts light up regions of space for a short time before winking out. But these fleeting stellar fireworks displays are only pieces of the story.

This image of a trio of galaxies, called Arp 194, looks like one of the galaxies has sprung a leak.

Hubble Celebrates Its 19th Anniversary

04.21.09 - To commemorate the Hubble Space Telescope's 19 years of historic, trailblazing science, the orbiting telescope has photographed a peculiar system of galaxies known as Arp 194.

Hubble image of M87

Hubble Sees Spectacular Black Hole Flaring

04.14.09 - A flare-up in a jet of matter blasting from a monster black hole is giving astronomers an incredible light show.

Hubble image of ARP 274 triplet galaxies

Hubble Images Contest-Winning Triplet Galaxy

04.03.09 - Hubble photographed the winning target in the Space Telescope Science Institute's "You Decide" competition: a group of galaxies called Arp 274.

Artistic illustration of the giant planet HR 8799b

Hubble Finds Hidden Exoplanet in Archival Data

04.01.09 - A powerful image-processing technique may allow astronomers to discover extrasolar planets lurking in over a decade's worth of Hubble Space Telescope archival data.

Puckett Observatory image of Supernova 2005gl

Hubble Finds Rare Progenitor to a Supernova

03.23.09 - Hubble has identified a star that was one million times brighter than Earth's sun before it exploded as a supernova in 2005.

Hubble image of Saturn

Hubble Snaps Saturn Moon Transit

03.17.09 - On Feb. 24, 2009, the Hubble Space Telescope took a photo sequence of four moons of Saturn passing in front of their parent planet.

HST image of a Perseus Cluster dwarf galaxy

Dark Matter and Dwarf Galaxies

03.12.09 - The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed three galaxies in the process of colliding.

Hubble image of trio of galaxies

Trio of Galaxies Mix It Up

03.03.09 - The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed three galaxies in the process of colliding.

Hubble image of the nebula within the cluster

Hubble Snaps Images of a Nebula Within a Cluster

01.15.09 - The unique planetary nebula NGC 2818 is nested inside the open star cluster NGC 2818A. Both the cluster and the nebula reside over 10,000 light-years away, in the southern constellation Pyxis (the Compass).

Hubble image of stellar interloper

Hubble Finds Stars That 'Go Ballistic'

01.07.08 - Hubble images reveal 14 young, runaway stars plowing through regions of dense interstellar gas, creating brilliant arrowhead structures and trailing tails of glowing gas.

image of Optical Transient SCP 06F6

Star Light, Star Bright, Its Explanation is Out of Sight

01.06.09 - A mysterious flash of light from somewhere near or far in the universe is still keeping astronomers in the dark long after it was first detected in 2006.

Hubble and Spitzer image of the Galactic Core

Hubble Views Galactic Core in Unprecedented New Detail

01.05.09 - Researchers are getting a new detailed look at our galaxy's core, thanks to the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.

Brown dwarfsjust got more elusive.

Brown Dwarfs Don't Hang Out With Stars

01.05.09 - Brown dwarfs just got more elusive, based on a study of 233 nearby multiple-star systems by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Artist's concept of Hubble's exoplanet findings.

Hubble Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet

12.09.08 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star.

Hubble image of Jupiter and Ganymede

Jupiter's Largest Moon Goes to the 'Dark Side'

12.18.08 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has caught Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, playing a game of "peek-a-boo."

globular cluster M13

A Celestial Snow Globe of Stars

12.04.08 - Hubble has captured an instantaneous glimpse of many hundreds of thousands of stars moving about in the M13 globular cluster.

Hubble image of NGC 1569

Hubble Solves Starburst Galaxy Puzzle

11.20.08 - Hubble has helped astronomers determine why a small, nearby, isolated galaxy pumps out new stars faster than any other in our local neighborhood.

Artist concept of Fomalhaut

Hubble Sees Planet Orbiting Another Star

11.13.08 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star.

Hubble image of Arp 147

Hubble Scores a Perfect Ten

10.30.08 - Just a few days after the orbiting observatory was brought back online, Hubble aimed its sights on a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies.

Hubble image of star forming region NGC 3324

Celebrating 10 Years of Hubble Heritage Images

10.02.08 - The landmark 10th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's Hubble Heritage Project is being celebrated with a "landscape" image from the cosmos.

Hubble image of NGC 3077

Diversity in Galaxies

09.30.08 - There's an old saying in astronomy: Galaxies are like people. They're only normal until you get to know them.

Galaxies seen by the Hubble

Galaxy Silhouettes

09.16.08 - These Hubble images offer an unprecedented view of a planetary game of Pac-Man among three red spots clustered together in Jupiter's atmosphere.

The galaxy was photographed in July and August 2006 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys in three color filters.

Hubble Sees Magnetic Monster in Erupting Galaxy

08.20.08 - Hubble has found an answer to a long-standing puzzle by examining a strong magnetic field around the active galaxy NGC 1275.

Image of nebula near star cluster NGC 2074

Hubble Unveils Colorful Star Nursery on 100,000th Orbit

08.11.08 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a nebula near star cluster NGC 2074 on Aug. 10, 2008, the day before the observatory completed its 100,00th orbit of Earth.

Globular cluster seen by Hubble

Globular Clusters Tell Tale of Star Formation

07.29.08 - A new study of globular clusters has found evidence that these hardy pioneers are likely to form in dense areas, where star birth occurs at a rapid rate.

Hubble image of a barred galaxy

Barred Spiral Galaxies Are Latecomers to the Universe

07.29.08 - Astronomers have found that so-called barred spiral galaxies were far less plentiful 7 billion years ago than they are today, in the local universe.

Hubble image of Jupiter

Three Red Spots Mix it Up on Jupiter

07.17.08 - These Hubble images offer an unprecedented view of a planetary game of Pac-Man among three red spots clustered together in Jupiter's atmosphere.

White dwarf stars in open cluster

Mystery Star Cluster Has 3 Different Birthdays

07.10.08 - Astronomers have found the equivalent of three out-of-sync "clocks" in the ancient open star cluster NGC 6791.

This is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago.

Hubble Sees Stars and a Stripe in Celestial Fireworks

07.01.08 - Hubble captures a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago.

Hubble image of a galaxy cluster

The Coma Cluster

06.10.08 - The Coma Cluster is one of the densest known galaxy collections in the universe.

Graphical representation of the cosmic web

Hubble Finds Missing Matter

05.20.08 - Astronomers say they have found about half of the universe's "missing" normal matter, called baryons, in the space between galaxies.

Hubble image of compact galaxies from 11 billion years ago.

Compact Galaxies in Early Universe Pack a Big Punch

04.30.08 - Astronomers used Hubble and the W.M. Keck Observatory to study the galaxies as they existed 11 billion years ago.

Hubble image of interacting galaxies

Cosmic Collisions Galore!

04.24.08 - Astronomy textbooks typically present galaxies as staid, solitary, and majestic island worlds of glittering stars, but galaxies have a wild side.

gamma ray burst 080319B

Hubble Pinpoints Record-Breaking Explosion

04.10.08 - The Hubble photographed a gamma-ray burst that holds the record for being the intrinsically brightest naked-eye object ever seen from Earth.

Image of Omega Centauri

Scientists Find Black Hole in Omega Centauri

04.02.08 - A well-known star cluster that glitters with the light of millions of stars may have a mysterious dark object tugging at its core.

Artist concept of an exoplanet

Hubble Sees Organic Molecule on Distant Planet

03.19.08 - The Hubble Space Telescope has found methane in the atmosphere of a gas giant more than 60 light-years away.

Hubble image of planetary nebula NGC 2371

The Last Confessions of a Dying Star

03.04.08 - The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of planetary nebula NGC 2371, the glowing remains of a sun-like star.

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have compiled a large catalog of gravitational lenses in the distant universe.

Hubble Discovers 67 New 'Lensed' Galaxies

02.20.08 - Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have compiled a large catalog of gravitational lenses in the distant universe.

NASA�s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopeshave uncovered what may be one of the youngest and brightest galaxies ever seen.

Astronomers Uncover One of the Youngest and Brightest Galaxies in the Early Universe

02.12.08 - NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, with a boost from a natural “zoom lens,” have uncovered what may be one of the youngest and brightest galaxies ever seen in the middle of the cosmic “dark ages,” just 700 million years after the beginning of our universe.

Internal Heat Drives Jupiter's Giant Storm Eruption

Giant Storm Eruption at Jupiter Unearths a Buried Past

01.24.08 - Scientists around the globe have observed an astonishing and rare change in Jupiter's atmosphere -- a huge disturbance churning in the middle northern latitudes of the planet as two giant storms erupted.

Image taken by HST of a gravitational field of an elliptical galaxy warping the light of two galaxies exactly behind it.

Hubble Finds Rare Double Ring in Space

01.10.08 - Hubble has revealed a never-before-seen optical alignment in space: a pair of glowing rings, one nestled inside the other.

The Hubble took this picture of the dust disk around star HD 61005

Hubble Uncovers Giant Space 'Moth'

01.10.08 - A structure resembling a giant moth floating in space is giving astronomers new insight into planetary system formation.

Part of a Hubble image of the supercluster dark matter map

The Violent Lives of Galaxies

01.10.08 - Astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope as part of a quest to understand the violent lives of galaxies.

A Hubble Space Telescope visible light image of bright blue star clusters.

'Blue Blobs' in Space Are Orphaned Clusters of Stars

01.08.08 - Hubble finds 'blue blobs' are brilliant blue clusters of stars born in the swirls and eddies of a galactic smashup 200 million years ago.

Hubble image of Mars taken in December 2007

Mars, Up-Close and Personal

12.18.07 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this close-up of the red planet when it was "only" 55 million miles away.

Hubble image of globular star cluster NGC 6397

How White Dwarf Stars Get Their 'Kicks'

12.04.07 - The Hubble is providing strong evidence that the burned-out relics of stars are given a "kick" when they form.

Image of Galaxy M74

Holiday Wishes from the Hubble Space Telescope

11.29.07 - This Hubble image of galaxy M74 resembles festive lights on a holiday wreath.

Image of comet Holmes

Hubble Zooms in on Heart of Mystery Comet

11.15.07 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has probed the bright core of Comet 17P/Holmes, which mysteriously brightened by nearly a millionfold in October.

Interacting Galaxy Pair Arp 87

Dancing With the Stars Takes on a Whole New Twist  →

10.30.07 - Two galaxies perform an intricate dance in this new picture taken by the JPL-built and designed Wide Field and Planetary 2 Camera, onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Thumbnail of Quasar star shells

Hubble Spies Shells of Sparkling Stars Around Quasar

10.26.07 - The Hubble photos show shells of stars around a bright quasar, known as MC2 1635+119, which dominates the center of the galaxy.

Hubble image of the galaxy I Zwicky 18

Hubble Finds 'Dorian Gray' Galaxy

10.16.07 - Hubble has found a mysterious galaxy that seems to age rapidly like the painting in the 'Portrait of Dorian Gray.'

The colorful, intricate shapes in these NASA Hubble Space Telescope images reveal how the glowing gas ejected by dying Sun-like stars evolves dramatically over time.

Hubble Captures Stars Going out in Style

09.11.07 - The colorful, intricate shapes in these NASA Hubble Space Telescope images reveal how the glowing gas ejected by dying Sun-like stars evolves dramatically over time.

Thumbnail of an image from Hubble's Ultra Deep Field.

'Lego-Block' Galaxies in Early Universe

09.06.07 - Joining forces, the two telescopes discovered nine of the smallest, faintest, most compact galaxies ever observed in the distant universe

Hubble Camera Snags Rare View Of Uranus Rings

Hubble Camera Snags Rare View of Uranus Rings

08.23.07 - A rare image of the ring system of the planet Uranus has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, using the onboard JPL-built and designed Wide Field Planetary Camera 2.

Thumbnail of a Hubble image

Hubble, Google Bring the Cosmos Down to Earth

08.22.07 - Exploding star and faraway galaxy images from the Hubble Space Telescope are now just a mouse click away through 'Sky' in Google Earth.

Image of the lopsided star

Hubble Discovers Lopsided Star

07.19.07 - Hubble finds dust and debris parading in an extremely misshapen ring around a young star.

At nearly 12.5 million light-years away, the dwarf galaxy NGC 4449 has stellar

Stellar Fireworks Are Ablaze in Galaxy NGC 4449

07.03.07 - At nearly 12.5 million light-years away, the dwarf galaxy NGC 4449 has stellar "fireworks" going off all the time.

Between March 25 and June 5, Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 captured entire bands of clouds changing color on Jupiter.

Hubble Catches Jupiter Changing Its Stripes

06.28.07 - Massive Jupiter is undergoing dramatic atmospheric changes under the keen eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Thumbnail of the asteroid, Vesta

Hubble Helps Prepare For Dawn's Asteroid Mission

06.20.07 - Hubble's images of two massive asteroids will help astronomers plan for the Dawn spacecraft’s tour of them in 2011.

Image of Eris, the largest member of a new class of dwarf planets in our solar system.

Astronomers Measure Dwarf Planet Eris

06.14.07 - The Hubble group has teamed up with the Keck Observatory to precisely measure the mass of Eris, the largest member of a new class of dwarf planets in our solar system.

Thumbnail of the Hubble image of the Spiral Galaxy M81

Hubble Photographs Grand Design Spiral Galaxy M81

05.28.07 - Hubble's sharpest image of spiral galaxy M81 is released at the Spring 2007 American Astronomical Society Meeting.

This Hubble Space Telescope composite image shows a ghostly 'ring' of dark matter in the galaxy cluster Cl 0024+17.

Hubble Finds Ghostly Ring of Dark Matter

05.15.07 - Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a ghostly ring of dark matter that formed long ago during a titanic collision between two galaxy clusters.

Thumbnail of a portion of the Carina Nebula

Happy Birthday Hubble

04.24.07 - To celebrate Hubble's birthday a team of astronomers is releasing one of the largest panoramic images ever taken with Hubble's cameras.

Thumbnail of Saturn as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Saturn Stars in Three Hubble Movies

03.20.07 - Photogenic Saturn has now become a movie star. Astronomers have woven NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of Saturn, its rings, and several of its moons into three movies.

Thumbnail Hubble image of the Abell cluster

Hubble Sees 'Comet Galaxy' Being Ripped Apart by Galaxy Cluster

03.02.07 - The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a galaxy being ripped apart by a galaxy cluster's gravitational field and harsh environment.

Thumbnail of a Jupiter aurora

Hubble Supports New Horizons Jupiter Flyby

03.01.07 - Hubble took images of the planet Jupiter in support of the New Horizons flyby.

A diverse collection of galaxies over 450 million light-years away in the cluster Abell S0740, near the constellation Centaurus

Hubble Illuminates Cluster of Diverse Galaxies

02.06.07 - This image feature shows the diverse collection of galaxies in the cluster Abell S0740 that is over 450 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Centaurus.

Thumbnail image of galaxy NGC 1313

Hubble Sees Star Cluster "Infant Mortality"

01.31.07 - Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble have discovered that young stellar nurseries have very short lives.

These two false color images compare the distribution of normal matter, red and left, with dark matter, blue and right, in the universe.

Hubble Maps 'Clumpy' Dark Matter in 3-D

01.07.07 - The Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers their first direct look at the large web like distribution of dark matter in the universe.

Artist's concept of a transiting extrasolar planet

Hubble Finds Extrasolar Planets Far Away

10.04.06 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered 16 extrasolar planet candidates orbiting a variety of distant stars in the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.

Pluto's moons, Nix and Hydra

Pluto and Its Moons

06.23.06 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed the presence of two moons around the distant planet Pluto.

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3

Fragmenting Comet Won't Hit Earth

04.27.06 - Hubble reveals several dozen mini-fragments trailing behind the main fragment of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3.

Messier 82

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Hubble!

04.24.06 - Over its 16-year history, Hubble has taken many hundreds of images that have expanded our knowledge of the universe.

Artist's concept of Xena

Hubble Finds 'Tenth Planet' Slightly Larger Than Pluto

04.11.06 - Though previous observations suggested that Xena's diameter was about 30 percent greater than Pluto, Hubble observations show Xena's diameter as 1,490 miles.

Hubble Space Telescope image of Bok globules in NGC 281

Galactic Dust Bunnies

Hubble spies opaque, dark knots of gas called "Bok globules" in the Milky Way.

Thumbnail image of the Hubble M10 spiral galaxy.

Hubble's Largest Galaxy Portrait Ever

02.28.06 - The largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy ever released.

New moons at Pluto

Hubble Confirms Pluto's New Moons

02.22.06 - Anxiously awaited follow-up observations confirm the presence of two new moons around Pluto.


Hubble Finds More Moons, Rings at Uranus


Artist's concept of Pluto system

Hubble Spots Possible New Moons Around Pluto


Hubble pictures of the moon

Hubble Prospects for Lunar Resources

10.19.05 - NASA scientists are using the Hubble Space Telescope to hunt for resources on the lunar surface.

Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescope combined image of HUDF-JD2, one of the most distant galaxies ever seen.

'Big Baby' Galaxies in Newborn Universe

09.27.05 - NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to "weigh" the stars in several distant galaxies.

Messier 104, or the Sombrero galaxy, seen in an image combining visible and infrared views

Hats Off to Space Day!

05.04.05 - NASA salutes Space Day, observed this year on May 5, with a new dramatic image of the Sombrero galaxy.

Thumbnail of the Hubble Space Telescope

Happy 15th, Hubble!

04.25.05 - NASA released new views of the Eagle Nebula, and spiral galaxy M51, known as the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Galaxy AM 0644-741

Hubble Celebrates an Anniversary  →

04.23.04 - April marks 14 years of enoying Hubble's enchanted images.

Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Hubble Digs Deeply, Toward Big Bang

03.09.04 - The Hubble Ultra Deep Field looks back in time to the cosmic "dark ages."

Hubble spots farthest galaxy

The Farthest Known Galaxy in the Universe

02.17.04 - Scientists spotted this galaxy 13 billion light-years away using the combined power of the Hubble and Keck Telescopes

Hubble Space Telescope orbiting Earth

Two Hubbles Achieve Great Heights

01.22.04 - Named for astronomer Dr. Edwin Hubble, Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries continue to excite the imagination

Edge-on view of the Sombrero galaxy

Hats Off to the Sombrero

10.02.03 - Hubble's new image of the Sombrero galaxy celebrates the Hubble Heritage team's five-year anniversary.

Hubble image of young galaxies

Hubble Gets the 'GOODS'

06.19.03 - The Hubble Space Telescope has conducted a galactic "census," the most ambitious study of the early universe it has yet undertaken.

Gaseous debris from a stellar outburst, known as the Vela supernova remnant, forms a vast footprint in the sky.

Pencil Nebula Scribbles Notes from Past

06.05.03 - Astronomers today are studying the remnants of a supernova that occurred about 11,000 years ago.

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