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A cosmic holiday ornament, Hubble-style

(—'Tis the season for holiday decorating and tree-trimming. Not to be left out, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have photographed a festive-looking nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189. The intricate ...

dateDec 18, 2012 in Astronomy
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Image: Hubble's 'smoky' shells

(—Located in a relatively vacant region of space about 4,200 light-years away and difficult to see using an amateur telescope, the lonesome planetary nebula NGC 7354 is often overlooked. However, thanks to this ...

dateDec 17, 2012 in Astronomy
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Dust grains highlight the path to planet formation

(—An international team of researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japanese universities of Kobe, Hyogo, and Saitama used the Subaru Telescope to capture a clear image of ...

dateNov 28, 2012 in Astronomy
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Hubble sees a planetary nebula in the making

(—The Universe is filled with mysterious objects. Many of them are as strange as they are beautiful. Among these, planetary nebulae are probably one of the most fascinating objects to behold in the night sky. No ...

dateOct 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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Spider Web of Stars in Galaxy IC 342

( -- Looking like a spider's web swirled into a spiral, Galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Seen in infrared light, faint starlight gives way ...

dateMar 20, 2012 in Astronomy
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