News and discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Astronomers Release Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies

17 May 2018 at 12:00pm

Much of the light in the universe comes from stars, and yet, star formation is still a vexing question in astronomy.

To piece together a more complete picture of star birth, astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to look at star formation among galaxies in our own cosmic back yard. The...

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Photo Release: Hubble shows the local Universe in ultraviolet

17 May 2018 at 12:00pm
The glowing spiral arms of NGC 6744Using the unparalleled sharpness and ultraviolet observational capabilities of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has created the most comprehensive high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of star-forming galaxies in the local Universe. The catalogue contai... Read more...

Hubble Detects Helium in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet for the First Time

2 May 2018 at 12:00pm

There may be no shortage of balloon-filled birthday parties or people with silly high-pitched voices on the planet WASP-107b. That's because NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was used to detect helium in the atmosphere for the first time ever on a world outside of our solar system. The discovery demo...

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Science Release: Hubble detects helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet for ...

2 May 2018 at 12:00pm
Artist’s impression of WASP-107bAstronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have detected helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b. This is the first time this element has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet outside the Solar System. The discovery demonstrates the ability to use infrared spectra to ... Read more...

Stellar Thief Is the Surviving Companion to a Supernova

26 Apr 2018 at 12:00pm

In the fading afterglow of a supernova explosion, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have photographed the first image of a surviving companion to a supernova. This is the most compelling evidence that some supernovas originate in double-star systems. The companion to supernova 2001i...

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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Could Potentially Detect the First Stars an...

25 Apr 2018 at 9:00am

One of the key science goals of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is to learn about “first light,” the moment when the first stars and galaxies lit the universe. While the first galaxies will be within Webb’s reach, individual stars shine so faintly that Webb would not be able to detect them with...

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Hubble 28th Anniversary Image Captures Roiling Heart of Vast Stellar Nursery

19 Apr 2018 at 9:00am

For 28 years, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been delivering breathtaking views of the universe. Although the telescope has made more than 1.5 million observations of over 40,000 space objects, it is still uncovering stunning celestial gems.

The latest offering is this image of the Lagoon Neb...

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Photo Release: Hubble celebrates 28th anniversary with a trip through the Lag...

19 Apr 2018 at 9:00am
Hubble's 28th birthday picture: The Lagoon NebulaThis colourful cloud of glowing interstellar gas is just a tiny part of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery. This nebula is a region full of intense activity, with fierce winds from hot stars, swirling chimneys of gas, and energetic star formation all embedded within a hazy labyrinth of gas... Read more...

Hubble Makes the First Precise Distance Measurement to an Ancient Globular St...

4 Apr 2018 at 12:00pm

When you want to know the size of a room, you use a measuring tape to calculate its dimensions.

But you can’t use a tape measure to cover the inconceivably vast distances in space. And, until now, astronomers did not have an equally precise method to accurately measure distances to some of the o...

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NASA Awards Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships

3 Apr 2018 at 12:00pm

NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP). The program enables outstanding postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research in any area of NASA Astrophysics, using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrument development. Each fellowsh...

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