The Ring Nebula, whose iconic shape and large size make it a favorite of amateur astronomers, can now be seen in new detail, after NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a sharp image of the nebula. Researchers say the new clarity reveals details that were previously unseen, and a structure that's more complex than scientists believed.
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 a new twist.
A game and a couple of tools highlight this abbreviated list of picks The combination of Google I/O going on in San Francisco and BlackBerry Live in Orlando this week has our team a little sparse, but we think there are a few great picks to be seen this week regardless. Show More Summary
Back in 2005 and 2006, when Pluto’s second and third moons (Nix and Hydra) were discovered, searches by astronomers for still more moons didn’t reveal any. So the accidental discovery of Pluto’s fourth moon by the Hubble Space Telescope in mid-2011 raised the possibility that the hazards in the Pluto system might be greater than previously anticipated.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found the building blocks for Earth-sized planets in an unlikely place - the atmospheres of a pair of burned-out stars called white dwarfs. read more
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found the building blocks for Earth-sized planets in an unlikely place-- the atmospheres of a pair of burned-out stars called white dwarfs. These dead stars are located 150 light-years from Earth in a relatively young star cluster, Hyades, in the constellation Taurus. Show More Summary
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has found signs of Earth-like planets in an unlikely place: the atmospheres of a pair of burnt-out stars in a nearby star cluster. The white dwarf stars are being polluted by debris from asteroid-like objects...
A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows delicate wisps of gas that make up an object known as SNR B0519-69.0, or SNR 0519 for short. The thin, blood-red shells are actually the remnants from when an unstable progenitor star exploded violently as a supernova around 600 years ago. Show More Summary
Arm in arm: Astronaut Jeffrey A. Hoffman rides the Canadarm during a spacewalk on a 1993 Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. (Credit: NASA) It was once described as a "glorified crane," but was so much more than that. TirelessShow More Summary
The amazing image above of a sunset on exo-planet HD209458b 150 light years away, was reconstructed by Frederic Pont of the University of Exeter using data from a camera onboard the Hubble Space Telescope. Pont used his knowledge of how...
It seems that, so far, it is: In July of 2012, astronomers observed a spiral galaxy in the early universe, billions of years before many other spiral galaxies formed while using the Hubble Space Telescope. They were taking pictures of...
The Hubble Space Telescope image below centers on the 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the hub of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31, or the Andromeda galaxy, the only galaxy outside the Milky Way visible to the naked eye and the only...
The Universe is rarely static, although the timescales involved can be very long indeed. Since modern astronomical observations began we have been observing the birthplaces of new stars and planets, searching for and studying the subtle changes that help us to figure out what is happening within. read more
A massive cluster of yellowish galaxies, seemingly caught in a red and blue spider web of eerily distorted background galaxies, makes for a spellbinding picture from the new Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. To make this...
Researchers from Harvard and Tel Aviv Universities published a paper arguing that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope could be used to look at supposedly "dead" star-systems, and they think that doing so could finally lead us to proof of life elsewhere in the universe.
The Hubble Space Telescope is aging. But there was a time when it was merely a twinkle in some astronomer's eye. In fact, we know exactly who that astronomer was, and when he first told the world about the twinkle. Lyman Spitzer, who...Show More Summary
The NASA Hubble Space Telescope has sent astronomers the first clear view of a comet discovered last year by Russian astronomers, as it hurtles toward the sun at 47,000 miles per hour (75,639 kph).
NASA's iconic Hubble Space Telescope has snapped stunning new photos of Comet ISON, which could become one of the brightest comets ever seen when it zips through the inner solar system this fall Hubble captured the new photos on April 10, when Comet ISON was slightly closer than Jupiter. Show More Summary
(Credit: ASA; European Space Agency; Jian-Yang Li (Planetary Science Institute); Hubble Comet ISON Imaging Science Team) Comet ISON, discovered in September of last year by Russian Vitali Nevski, is headed in our direction. And although...Show More Summary
To commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA/ESA has released this gorgeous new image of the iconic Horsehead Nebula. Read more...