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Hubble Fingerprints Galaxy NGC 4689

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NGC 4689

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is no stranger to spiral galaxies. The telescope has brought us some of the most beautiful images ever taken of our spiral neighbors -- and the galaxy known as NGC 4689 is no exception.


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How Newborn Stars Prepare For The Birth Of Planets

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

An international team of astronomers used two of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world to create more than three hundred images of planet-forming disks around very young stars in the Orion Clouds.

ESO Telescope Sees Surface Of Dim Betelgeuse

ESO Telescope Sees Surface Of Dim Betelgeuse

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion.


Hubble Captures Grand Spiral NGC 5364

Hubble Captures Grand Spiral NGC 5364

This eye-catching galaxy is known as NGC 5364.


Astronomers Discover Unusual Monster Galaxy in the Very Early Universe

Astronomers Discover Unusual Monster Galaxy in the Very Early Universe

An international team of astronomers led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has found an unusual monster galaxy that existed about 12 billion years ago, when the universe was only 1.8 billion years old, or 13 percent of its current age of 13.8 billion years.


ELM Survey Discovers 98 Double White Dwarfs

ELM Survey Discovers 98 Double White Dwarfs

Scientists at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) have completed the Extremely Low Mass -- also known as ELM -- spectroscopic study of white dwarf stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).


Hubble Spies Bar, Baby Stars

Hubble Spies Bar, Baby Stars

The galaxy depicted in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is a barred spiral known as NGC 7541, in the constellation of Pisces (the Fishes).


NASA Creates Technologies to Gather Great Observatory Science from a Balloon

NASA Creates Technologies to Gather Great Observatory Science from a Balloon

NASA Scientist Al Kogut has found a way to do Hubble Space Telescope-class science from a relatively inexpensive scientific balloon and is well on the way to proving the concept.


Astronomers Witness The Dragging Of Space-time In Stellar Cosmic Dance

Astronomers Witness The Dragging Of Space-time In Stellar Cosmic Dance

An international team of astrophysicists led by Australian Professor Matthew Bailes, from the ARC Centre of Excellence of Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), has shown exciting new evidence for 'frame-dragging'.


NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Ends Mission of Astronomical Discovery

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Ends Mission of Astronomical Discovery

After more than 16 years studying the universe in infrared light, revealing new wonders in our solar system, our galaxy, and beyond, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's mission has come to an end.


Using Virtual Reality to Make a Scientific Discovery

Using Virtual Reality to Make a Scientific Discovery

NASA scientists using virtual reality technology are redefining our understanding about how our galaxy works.


Tarantula Nebula Spins Web of Mystery in Spitzer Image

Tarantula Nebula Spins Web of Mystery in Spitzer Image

The Tarantula Nebula, seen in this image by the Spitzer Space Telescope, was one of the first targets studied by the infrared observatory after its launch in 2003.


Astronomers Spot 'Vampire' Star Sucking Life from Victim

Astronomers Spot 'Vampire' Star Sucking Life from Victim

Astronomers have found a 'vampire' star in the midst of a feeding frenzy, with the help of an automated program that is sifting through archived data from the decommissioned Kepler Space Telescope.


NASA Celebrates the Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA Celebrates the Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA is celebrating the legacy of one of its Great Observatories, the Spitzer Space Telescope, which has studied the universe in infrared light for more than 16 years. The Spitzer mission will come to a close on Jan. 30.


XMM-Newton Discovers Scorching Gas In Milky Way's Hal

XMM-Newton Discovers Scorching Gas In Milky Way's Hal

ESA's XMM-Newton has discovered that gas lurking within the Milky Way's halo reaches far hotter temperatures than previously thought and has a different chemical make-up than predicted, challenging our understanding of our galactic home.


Connecting The Dots In The Sky Could Shed New Light On Dark Matter

Connecting The Dots In The Sky Could Shed New Light On Dark Matter

Astrophysicists have come a step closer to understanding the origin of a faint glow of gamma rays covering the night sky.


First Sighting Of Hot Gas Sloshing In A Galaxy Cluster

First Sighting Of Hot Gas Sloshing In A Galaxy Cluster

ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has spied hot gas sloshing around within a galaxy cluster - a never-before-seen behaviour that may be driven by turbulent merger events.


Merger of Milky Way with Dwarf Galaxy Dated

Merger of Milky Way with Dwarf Galaxy Dated

The dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus collided with the Milky Way probably approximately 11.5 billion years ago.



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