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NASA's Hubble Helps Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies

An odyssey of exploration began on 25 April 1990, when Steve Hawley gingerly pulled Discovery’s robot arm away from the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in [...]

Comet or Asteroid? Herschel Space Observatory Detects Water Outgassing on Dwarf Planet Ceres

A team of astronomers using ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory have discovered clear signals of water vapour coming off Ceres. Image Credit: ESA/ATG medialab/Küppers et al.

A new study published online in the weekly scientific journal Nature on Jan. 22 reports on observations made by the Herschel Space Observatory of water vapour seen coming out [...]

It's an Alien Blue World—But Nothing Like Earth

Artist’s conception of exoplanet HD 189733b—a “deep blue dot” reminiscent of Earth from a distance. Image Credit: NASA / ESA / M. Kornmesser

The planets and moons in our Solar System come in a wide variety of colors, and the natural beauty can be breathtaking. Now, the true color of a much more distant [...]

Hubble Space Telescope Reveals Evidence of Farthest Known Planet From Its Star

A gap in the protoplanetary disk of dust and gas whirling around TV Hydrae uncovered evidence of an unseen, growing planet, according to astronomers studying Hubble data. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Debes (STScI), H. Jang-Condell (University of Wyoming), A. Weinberger (Carnegie Institution of Washington), A. Roberge (Goddard Space Flight Center), G. Schneider (University [...]

Hubble and Herschel Make Surprising Deep-Space Finds

The Ring Nebula, with its dying progenitor star clearly visible. Photo Credit: NASA

New data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory have provided new insights into the shape and structure of the far-off Ring Nebula—whose fate has important ramifications for the future of our own Sun—and may have begun the [...]

Herschel Links Water Around Jupiter to Comet Impact

This map shows the distribution of water in the stratosphere of Jupiter as measured with the Herschel Space Observatory. White and cyan indicate highest concentration of water, and blue indicates lesser amounts. The map has been superimposed over an image of Jupiter taken at visible wavelengths with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Image credit: [...]

Herschel Discovers Some of the Youngest Stars Ever Seen

Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. Dense envelopes of gas and dust surround the fledging stars known as protostars, making their detection difficult until now. The discovery gives scientists a window into the earliest and [...]

Herschel Finds Star Past Its Prime Possibly Making Planets

Image Credit: ESA (Image by AOES Medialab); background: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA/ ESA/ STScI

PASADENA, Calif — A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may, in fact, be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make [...]

Spitzer and Hershel Space Telescopes Detect Debris Belt(s) Around Vega

This is an artist’s rendering of the debris belt around the star Vega. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists working with data from both NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory have confirmed the detection of an asteroid-belt-like debris belt around the nearby star Vega.

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Young Stars Flicker Amidst Clouds of Gas and Dust

Young stars in the Orion Nebula. The rainbow of colors represents different wavelengths of infrared light captured by both the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech/IRAM

Young stars in the Orion Nebula. The rainbow of colors represents different wavelengths of infrared light captured by both the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech/IRAM

PASADENA, Calif. – Astronomers have spotted young stars in the Orion nebula changing right before their eyes, thanks to the European [...]