Composite Chandra image of four supernovae: the Crab Nebula, Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO
The Chandra X-Ray Observatory, NASA’s space telescope which observes the universe using X-rays, has now completed its 15th year of operations, and astronomers are celebrating the anniversary with a series of special images from the orbiting observatory.
This composite image from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) showing approximately 10,000 galaxies in brilliant color took nine years to assemble, and sheds light upon star formation in our Universe. Image Credit: NASA/ESA
NASA and the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has done it again—this time, in brilliant color. A newly released [...]
Illustration of how the new K2 mission will work, using solar pressure to help stabilize the telescope. Image Credit: NASA Ames / W. Stenzel
There is some good news for planet-hunters this week: The proposed K2 mission extension for the Kepler Space Telescope has been been approved by NASA. The approval, based on a recommendation from [...]
The amazing mirrors that will fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will allow the James Webb Space Telescope to see farther away and further back in time to detect the light from the very first and most distant stars and galaxies. In this photo, an engineer’s crystal clear reflection is seen on the [...]
An image of quasar UM 287 (at center), taken by the Keck I telescope on the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The cyan-colored glowing nebula seen around the quasar imaged for the first time is believed to be part of the cosmic web of filaments that interconnects all galaxies throughout the Universe. Image Credit: S. [...]
The Hubble Space Telescope has imaged what appears to be more than 160,000 star clusters in a group of galaxies known as Abell 1689. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Blakeslee (NRC Herzberg Astrophysics Program, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), and K. Alamo-Martinez (National Autonomous University of Mexico).
On a day which yielded another historic announcement about [...]
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In an effort to understand how black holes shape the evolution of galaxies, astronomers spent eight months creating a series of time-lapse movies from 400 observations made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The movies, taken from observations conducted over a 13-year period from 1995-2008, show a 5,000-mile-long jet [...]
The Andromeda galaxy, M31, observed by the now-retired ultraviolet space telescope GALEX. This composite image is false-colored, with blue representing far ultraviolet and orange representing near ultraviolet. Image Credit: NASA/JPL – Caltech.
GALEX, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, was recently decommissioned by NASA after more than 10 years of operation. GALEX was a space telescope with [...]
Our latest view of the Universe and its history obtained by the ESA Planck space probe. Image Credit: ESA/Planck Collaboration/PA.
Recent findings from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft have provided some minor revisions to the currently accepted parameters of the universe. As well as it now being 13.8 billion years old, the distribution [...]
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 million years after the big bang. Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Ellis (Caltech), and the UDF 2012 Team
Astronomers using the [...]