News and discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Science Release: Hubble detects supermassive black hole kicked out of galacti...

23 Mar 2017 at 12:00pm
Galaxy with an ejected supermassive black holeAn international team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the centre of the distant galaxy 3C186. The black hole was most likely ejected by the power of gravitational waves. This is the first time that as... Read more...

Photo Release: New Hubble mosaic of the Orion Nebula

17 Mar 2017 at 12:00pm
New Hubble image of Kleinmann-Low NebulaIn the search for rogue planets and failed stars astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have created a new mosaic image of the Orion Nebula. During their survey of the famous star formation region, they found what may be the missing piece of a cosmic puzzle; the third, long-lost me... Read more...

Photo Release: Cosmic blast from the past

24 Feb 2017 at 9:00am
New image of SN 1987AThree decades ago, a massive stellar explosion sent shockwaves not only through space but also through the astronomical community. SN 1987A was the closest observed supernova to Earth since the invention of the telescope and has become by far the best studied of all time, revolutionising our unde... Read more...

Science Release: Hubble finds big brother of Halley’s Comet ripped apart by w...

9 Feb 2017 at 9:00am
Comet falling into white dwarf (artist's impression)Scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed, for the first time, a massive, comet-like object that has been ripped apart and scattered in the atmosphere of a white dwarf. The destroyed object had a chemical composition similar to Halley’s Comet, but was 100 000 times more m... Read more...

Science Release: Cosmic lenses support finding on faster than expected expans...

26 Jan 2017 at 9:00am
Lensed quasar and its surroundingsBy using galaxies as giant gravitational lenses, an international group of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have made an independent measurement of how fast the Universe is expanding. The newly measured expansion rate for the local Universe is consistent with earlier findings... Read more...

Organisation Release: Our Place in Space to launch in Venice

20 Jan 2017 at 5:00am
Our place in space logoFor 26 years, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been expanding our cosmic horizons. In capturing an astronomical number of images, Hubble has revealed and shared the beauty, wonder, and complexity of the Universe. Now on 1 February 2017, a new exhibition called Our Place in Space will open ... Read more...

Photo Release: Festive nebulae light up Milky Way Galaxy satellite

20 Dec 2016 at 12:00pm
Festive nebulaeThe sheer observing power of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is rarely better illustrated than in an image such as this. This glowing pink nebula, named NGC 248, is located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, just under 200 000 light-years away and yet can still be seen in great detail. Read more...

Science Release: Spinning black hole swallowing star explains superluminous e...

12 Dec 2016 at 10:00am
Close-up of star near a supermassive black hole (artist’s impression)An extraordinarily brilliant point of light seen in a distant galaxy, and dubbed ASASSN-15lh, was thought to be the brightest supernova ever seen. But new observations from several observatories, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have now cast doubt on this classification. Instead, a... Read more...

Photo Release: Tangled threads weave through cosmic oddity

1 Dec 2016 at 9:00am
Dusty filaments in NGC 4696New observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the intricate structure of the galaxy NGC 4696 in greater detail than ever before. The elliptical galaxy is a beautiful cosmic oddity with a bright core wrapped in system of dark, swirling, thread-like filaments. Read more...

Science Release: Observable Universe contains ten times more galaxies than pr...

13 Oct 2016 at 9:00am
GOODS South fieldAstronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescopes and other telescopes have performed an accurate census of the number of galaxies in the Universe. The group came to the surprising conclusion that there are at least 10 times as many galaxies in the observable Universe as previously... Read more...


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