In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, we wanted to create a place filled with all the incredible images of our…
It's getting on to late March and the Moon is new, so you know what that means: Time for the Messier Marathon! OK, so you probably don't know what that means. Here's what: Over the next few nights, amateur astronomers all over the northern hemisphere will be unpacking their 'scopes and setting them up right at sunset, then as soon as the first stars pop out they'll be at their eyepieces hoping to score all 110 Messier objects in a single night. So what's a Messier obje...
I never imagined I was going to see something like this: A video of a star bursting in space, illuminating the interstellar dust around it at the speed of light. This is not a computer simulation. It's an actual time-lapse video taken over four years by the Hubble—and scientists don't know its origin yet.
First conceived in the 1940s and initially called the Large Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope took decades of planning and research before it launched on April 24, 1990. Since launch, Hubble has overcome its troubled beginnings to perform innumerable science observations that have revolutionized humanity’s understanding of the universe.
Because they lack stellar nurseries and contain mostly old stars, elliptical galaxies — Like Messier 110 — are often considered “dead” when compared to their spiral relatives. But scientists have spotted signs of a population of young, blue stars at Messier 110's center, hinting that this neighbor of our Milky Way may not be so “dead” after all.