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Messier 61 looks straight into Hubble's camera

( —The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this image of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 61, also known as NGC 4303. The galaxy, located only 55 million light-years away from Earth, is roughly the size of ...

dateJun 21, 2013 in Astronomy
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Image: Hubble sees a swirl of star formation

( —This beautiful, glittering swirl is named, rather un-poetically, J125013.50+073441.5. A glowing haze of material seems to engulf the galaxy, stretching out into space in different directions and forming a fuzzy ...

dateMay 27, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble reveals the ring nebula's true shape

( —The Ring Nebula's distinctive shape makes it a popular illustration for astronomy books. But new observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, sun-like star reveal ...

dateMay 23, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble telescope breaks record for farthest supernova

( —The supernova, designated SN UDS10Wil, belongs to a special class of exploding stars known as Type Ia supernovae. These bright beacons are prized by astronomers because they can be used as a yardstick for measuring ...

dateApr 04, 2013 in Astronomy
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Hubble finds appearances can be deceptive

(—Globular clusters are roughly spherical collections of extremely old stars, and around 150 of them are scattered around our galaxy. Hubble is one of the best telescopes for studying these, as its extremely high ...

dateJan 28, 2013 in Astronomy
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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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