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star field with galaxies and scratch marks
Nov 3, 2017
Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 160 million miles from Earth — right around the... Read More
Nov 1, 2017
Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them. A small portion of material gets shot back out in powerful jets of hot gas, called plasma, that can wreak havoc on their surroundings.
Artist’s concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk
Oct 23, 2017
In a nod to the global amateur astronomy community, as well as to any space enthusiast who enjoys the beauty of the cosmos, the Hubble Space Telescope mission is releasing its version of the popular Messier catalog, featuring some of Hubble’s best images of these celestial objects that were once... Read More
Gallery of Hubble images
Universe, Exoplanets
Oct 11, 2017
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy -- they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets.
This artist's rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust.
Universe, Exoplanets
Oct 6, 2017
Some 1,500 light years from Earth, a mystery of stellar proportions is playing out. A singular star out there captured scientists’ and the public’s imagination in September 2015 with its strangely fluctuating brightness.
A scene like this illustration of dust orbiting the star could be an answer.
Oct 3, 2017
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is helping identify potential celestial targets for the James Webb Space Telescope through a series of preparatory science observations to be completed before Webb is ready to make observations of its own.
This image of the Westerlund 2 cluster includes both visible- and infrared-light observations from Hubble, and was released in 2015 as part of the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary. The highlighted area, featuring the cluster of stars, was created from visible-light and near-infrared exposures. The black-and-white zoomed portion shows a new image of the star cluster in only one infrared wavelength.
Sep 29, 2017
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at a whopping distance of 1.5 billion miles from the Sun (beyond Saturn's orbit). Slightly warmed by the remote Sun, it has already begun to develop an 80,000-mile-wide fuzzy cloud of dust, called a coma,... Read More
Blue comet in the distance of a black universe
Sep 20, 2017
Thanks to astronomer Edwin Hubble and others, scientists have known since 1929 that our universe is expanding. Its current rate of expansion is called Hubble’s Constant (H0).  There are two leading ways to measure H0, and for fifteen years, they more or less agreed with one another. Not anymore,... Read More
Hubble’s Contentious Constant Poster
Universe, ISS
Aug 11, 2017
A new experiment set for an Aug. 14 launch to the International Space Station will provide an unprecedented look at a rain of particles from deep space, called cosmic rays, that constantly showers our planet.
From its new vantage point on the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module - Exposed Facility, the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (ISS-CREAM) mission, shown in the inset illustration, will study cosmic rays to determine their sources and acceleration mechanisms.
Universe, ISS
Aug 11, 2017
Hold out your hand for 10 seconds. A dozen electrons and muons just zipped unfelt through your palm. The ghostly particles are what scientists call "secondary cosmic rays" -- subatomic debris from collisions between molecules high in Earth's atmosphere and high-energy cosmic rays from outer space... Read More
The Mystery of High-Energy Cosmic Rays Poster
Universe, Stars
Jun 5, 2017
The NICER instrument which will explore neutron stars launched to the International Space Station.
Image of NICER mission
May 15, 2017
How does media enhance science learning? Fifty teachers tested prototypes in their classrooms.
collage of faces
Apr 17, 2017
The most sophisticated space science telescope ever constructed – the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – is targeted to launch in October 2018. With a primary mirror three times as wide as The Hubble Space Telescope and a special sensitivity to penetrating infrared radiation, Webb will peer into... Read More
Universe, Earth, Sun, Solar System
Apr 13, 2017
Earth. A world dominated by water. Trillions of gallons flow freely across the surface of our blue-green planet. While we once thought oceans made our planet unique, we’re now coming to realize that ‘ocean worlds’ are all around us.  
Ocean Worlds Poster
Universe, Stars
Oct 7, 2016
In 1963, an astronomy student named Gail Smith working at an observatory in the Netherlands discovered something odd—a massive cloud of gas orbiting the Milky Way galaxy. Smith’s cloud contained enough gas to make 2 million stars the size of our sun, and it was moving through space at 700,000 mph... Read More
Astrophysics, Smith's Cloud, star formation, extragalactic cloud, hubble space telescope