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Hubble Weighs in on Mass of Three Million Billion Suns

Galaxy cluster ACT-CLJ0102-4915, or “El Gordo” contains the mass of a staggering three million billion suns.

Hubble Yields New Discoveries at the Winter AAS Meeting

The new science discoveries with the Earth-orbiting observatory stretch from nearby star forming regions, to the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, to the horizon of the observable universe.

Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered the largest known population of brown dwarfs sprinkled among newborn stars in the Orion Nebula.

No Planets Needed: NASA Study Shows Disk Patterns Can Self-Generate

A new NASA study shows rings, arcs and spirals in disks around stars may not be caused by planets. They may self-generate.

Hubble’s Barred and Booming Spiral Galaxy

UGC 6093 is something known as a barred spiral galaxy — it has beautiful arms that swirl outwards from a bar slicing through the galaxy’s center.

Hubble's Holiday Nebula “Ornament”

The Hubble Space Telescope captured what looks like a colorful holiday ornament in space. It's actually an image of NGC 6326, a planetary nebula with glowing wisps of outpouring gas.

NASA’s Next Major Telescope to See the Big Picture of the Universe

NASA is beginning to design its next big astrophysics mission, a space telescope that will provide the largest picture of the universe ever seen with the same depth and clarity as the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

Hubble's Cosmic Fireflies

This flickering swarm of cosmic fireflies is a rich cluster of galaxies called Abell 2163.

Hubble's Celestial Snow Globe

The stars in the globular star cluster Messier 79 look a lot like a blizzard in a snow globe in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image.

Hubble Frames an Explosive Galaxy

This spiral galaxy, known as ESO 580-49, actually displays some explosive tendencies.

Hubble Sees Galaxy Cluster Warping Space and Time

The Hubble Space Telescope peers into the distant universe to reveal a galaxy cluster called Abell 2537.

Hubble’s Cosmic Search for a Missing Arm

The dwarf galaxy NGC 4625, located about 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs) is much larger in the ultraviolet than it appears here.

Hubble Shows Light Echo Expanding from Exploded Star

Light from a supernova explosion in the nearby starburst galaxy M82 is reverberating off a huge dust cloud in interstellar space.

Hubble Cashes in Abell’s Richest Cluster

This cluster is called Abell 665. It was named after its discoverer, George O. Abell, who included it in his seminal 1958 cluster catalogue.

Hubble Sees Nearby Asteroids Photobombing Distant Galaxies

Like rude relatives who jump in front 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.

Hubble Digs into Cosmic Archaeology

This Hubble infrared image is part of an observing program that imaged 41 massive galaxy clusters to find the brightest distant galaxies for theJames Webb Space Telescope to study.

NASA Scientist to Discuss 'To Explore Strange New Worlds' at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called "To explore strange new worlds…: NASA’s Small Steps and Giant Leaps in Understanding Worlds Beyond," with Dr. Padi Boyd in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Hubble Observes Exoplanet that Snows Sunscreen

Any possible visitors to the exoplanet, called Kepler-13Ab, would need to bottle up some of that sunscreen from the nighttime side, because they won't find it on the sizzling hot, daytime side.

Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot

This Hubble image shows what happens when two galaxies become one. The twisted cosmic knot seen here is NGC 2623 — or Arp 243 — and is located about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab).

New Hubble Gallery Features Objects from Popular Not-a-Comet Messier Catalog

The Hubble Space Telescope mission is releasing its version of the popular Messier catalog.

NASA Receives Findings from WFIRST Independent Review Team

NASA has received the report from an independent, external review of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) project. The review was commissioned by NASA to help ensure that the mission is well understood in terms of scope and required resources, and is executable.

NASA’s Hubble Studies Source of Gravitational Waves

On Aug. 17, 2017, weak ripples in the fabric of space-time known as gravitational waves washed over Earth. Unlike previously detected gravitational waves, these were accompanied by light, allowing astronomerAnchors to pinpoint the source. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope turned its powerful gaze onto the new beacon.

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.

Hubble’s Compact Galaxy with Big-Time Star Formation

ESO 553-46 has one of the highest rates of star formation of the 1,000 or so galaxies nearest to the Milky Way.
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