The streaks of red and blue in the image highlight pockets of star formation along the pinwheeling arms, with dark dust lanes stretching across the galaxy’s starry centre. Several of the planets are at the right distances from their star for liquid water to exist on the surfaces. Composed of gas and dust, the pictured pillar resides in a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina. This craggy fantasy mountaintop enshrouded by wispy clouds looks like a bizarre landscape from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The Hubble Space Telescope has been in operation since 1990 when it was launched into low Earth orbit. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. This stunning new image was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to celebrate its 26th year in space. In the process it distorts their shapes and produces multiple banana-shaped images of the original galaxies. This brilliant galaxy was named the Sombrero because of its resemblance to the broad rim and high-topped Mexican hat. These bands are produced by air flowing in different directions at various latitudes. The camera was restored to operation during the STS-125 Servicing Mission to upgrade the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Rising like a giant seahorse from turbulent waves of dust and gas is the Horsehead Nebula, otherwise known as Barnard 33. NASA and its partners have released new images from the Hubble Space Telescope. But in this picture, image processing specialists have worked to provide a crisp, extremely accurate view of Saturn, which highlights the planet's pastel colors. This wide variety of stars allows a thorough study of star formation processes. These stars reside in a dramatic dust-and-gas landscape of plateaus, mountains, and valleys that are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. These are called reflection nebulae. C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - April 20, 2020, Apr 28, 2020 It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one. This close-up view of Saturn's disc captures the transit of several moons across the face of the gas giant planet. The observations of both objects were made in June and July 2018 and show the planets close to their opposition. The dark band running across the face of the planet slightly above the rings is the shadow of the rings cast on the planet. This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the spiral galaxy Messier 98, which is located about 45 million light-years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair). The subject of this image confused astronomers when it was first studied — rather than being classified as a single object, it was instead recorded as two objects, owing to its symmetrical lobed structure (known as NGC 2371 and NGC 2372, though sometimes referred to together as NGC 2371/2). The atoms caught in the shock emit the spectacular radiation seen in this image. To celebrate its 28th anniversary in space the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this amazing and colourful image of the Lagoon Nebula. This star-forming region of ionised hydrogen gas is in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy which neighbours the Milky Way. Astronomers study the globular clusters in NGC 7049 to learn more about its formation and evolution. The star is visible in the orb's centre, shining through the gases it formerly held onto for most of its stellar life. The Hubble Space Telescope captured images of the Stingray Nebula fading and shrinking over the course of 20 years. Visible in this Hubble image are the classic rings as recorded by the very first astronomers to observe the planet with telescopes. Glowing like a multi-faceted jewel, the planetary nebula IC 418 lies about 2000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lepus. Each pixel in this high-resolution image spans about 119 kilometres in Jupiter's atmosphere. For its 30th anniversary, the Hubble Telescope has shared 30 incredible space images of galaxies, star clusters, and ethereal nebulae. Gendler combined Hubble data with his own observations to produce this stunning colour image. Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, this intimate view of NGC 1792 gives us some insight into this galactic powerhouse.The vast swathes of tell-tale blue seen throughout the galaxy indicate areas that are full of young, hot stars, and it is in the shades of orange, seen nearer the centre, … Jupiter (May 19, 2017), Apr 28, 2020 This is a unique NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope view of the disk galaxy NGC 5866 tilted nearly edge-on to our line-of-sight. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. This image made from data obtained with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the dust lanes and star clusters of this giant galaxy that give evidence that it was formed from a past merger of two gas-rich galaxies. Against a stunning backdrop of thousands of galaxies, this odd-looking galaxy with the long streamer of stars appears to be racing through space, like a runaway pinwheel firework. This stunning spiral galaxy is Messier 100 in the constellation Coma Berenices, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope — not for the first time. About Get Involved Contact Us The hot blue stars at the core are responsible for carving out a huge cavity in the gas seen to the right of the star cluster in NGC 3603's centre. Before now, NASA hadn't fully processed the images for a public release. At least seven planets orbit this ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth and they are all roughly the same size as the Earth. Aurorae are caused by streams of charged particles like electrons, that come from various origins such as solar winds, the planetary ionosphere, and moon volcanism. Galactic Bulge, Oct 1, 2020 This latest image of Jupiter, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope on 25 August 2020, was captured when the planet was 653 million kilometres from Earth. Dec 3, 2020. N44C is the designation for a region of ionized hydrogen gas surrounding an association of young stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a nearby, small companion galaxy to the Milky Way visible from the Southern Hemisphere. The whole nebula, about 4000 light-years away, is an incredible 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall. Don't miss 'em! This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image features the galaxy LRG-3-817, also known as SDSS J090122.37+181432.3. Darker low-pressure regions where air falls are called belts. But in this picture, image processing specialists have worked to provide a crisp, extremely accurate view of Saturn, which highlights the planet's pastel colors. This image shows the recent observations of the planets Mars and Saturn made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This dramatic image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The spiral galaxy featured in this Picture of the Week is called NGC 3717, and it is located about 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Serpent). Their origin, however, is still uncertain. One of the largest Hubble Space Telescope images ever made of a complete galaxy is being unveiled today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego, Calif. Resembling a nightmarish beast rearing its head from a crimson sea, this celestial object is actually just a pillar of gas and dust. Featured Image: Saturn 2019. Intracluster Light in MACS J0416, May 28, 2020 The Tarantula Nebula is the most luminous nebula of its type in the local Universe. The barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672, showing up clusters of hot young blue stars along its spiral arms, and clouds of hydrogen gas glowing in red. In the direction of the constellation Canis Major, two spiral galaxies pass by each other like majestic ships in the night. Delicate curtains of dust partially obscure and redden the light of the stars behind them. This Hubble Heritage image of ESO 510-G13 shows a galaxy that, by contrast, has an unusual twisted disk structure, first seen in ground-based photographs. The soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometres high, about twice the distance from our Sun to the next nearest star. NGC 3201 was discovered in 1826 by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop, who described it as a “pretty large, pretty bright” object that becomes “rather irregular” towards its centre. The near-collision has been caught in images taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and its Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. From the outside in are the A ring with the Encke Gap, the Cassini Division, the B ring, and the C ring with the Maxwell Gap. This image, taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), both installed on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the peculiar galaxy NGC 3256. These images are of objects in the Caldwell catalog that can be viewed with backyard telescopes. Each of Hubble’s images of the Antennae Galaxies has been better than the last, due to upgrades made during the famous servicing missions, the last of which took place in 2009. The Crab is among the most interesting and well studied objects in astronomy. This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a glistening and ancient globular cluster named NGC 3201 — a gathering of hundreds of thousands of stars bound together by gravity. This image shows the galaxy Messier 94, which lies in the small northern constellation of the Hunting Dogs, about 16 million light-years away. Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our neighbouring dwarf galaxies, this young globular-like star cluster is surrounded by a pattern of filamentary nebulosity that is thought to have been created during supernova blasts. The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. This image shows the pillars as seen in visible light, capturing the multi-coloured glow of gas clouds, wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust, and the rust-coloured elephants’ trunks of the nebula’s famous pillars. Both galaxies are about 30 million light-years away from Earth and currently in the process of merging. It sits about 2.1 billion light-years from the Earth (redshift 0.17) in the northern constellation of Draco. The entire pillar is seven light-years long. An orange glow radiates from the centre of NGC 1792, the heart of this stellar forge. Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), the newest camera on NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, has captured a spectacular pair of galaxies engaged in a celestial dance of cat and mouse or, in this case, mouse and mouse. NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. The dust lanes, which appear as a lacy web, are dramatically backlit by the millions of stars in the halo of NGC 7049. Lighter coloured areas, called zones, are high-pressure where the atmosphere rises. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope photo shows the majestic spiral galaxy M81. This Hubble image gives the most detailed view of the entire Crab Nebula ever. The Maryland American Innovation 2020 $1 Reverse Proof Coin will be released by the U.S. Mint on Dec. 30, 2020. They become caught in powerful magnetic fields and are channelled into the upper atmosphere, where their interactions with gas particles, such as oxygen or nitrogen, set off spectacular bursts of light. A replica of the Hubble Space Telescope is on the courthouse lawn in Marshfield, Missouri, the hometown of namesake Edwin P. Hubble. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the intricate, detailed beauty of Jupiter’s clouds in this new image taken on 27 June 2019 by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, when the planet was 644 million kilometres from Earth — its closest distance this year. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has provided images of Saturn in many colors, from black-and-white, to orange, to blue, green, and red. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view ever taken of this region, called the Orion Nebula. This section of the outer shell of the famous supernova remnant is in a region known as NGC 6960 or — more colloquially — the Witch’s Broom Nebula. In honor of the Hubble Space Telescope turning 30 this year, NASA and its partners have released never-before-seen images from its three-decade-long career. This image from Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) is likely the best of ancient and brilliant quasar 3C 273, which resides in a giant elliptical galaxy in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 observed Saturn on 20 June 2019 as the planet made its closest approach to Earth this year, at approximately 1.36 billion kilometres away. Hubble has taken this stunning close-up shot of part of the Tarantula Nebula. NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Lean back, enjoy ( and watch in HD! ) This image depicts bright blue newly formed stars that are blowing a cavity in the centre of a fascinating star-forming region known as N90. This image, from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), reveals thousands of globular clusters lying at the core of a galaxy cluster. It is home to many extreme conditions including supernova remnants and the heaviest star ever found. This is the first image of a celestial object taken with the newly repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The picture is a montage assembled from four different April 1999 telescope pointings with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, which used six different colour filters. Just weeks after NASA astronauts repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1999, the Hubble Heritage Project snapped this picture of NGC 1999, a nebula in the constellation Orion. NGC 2525, Sep 17, 2020 By Space.com Staff Celebrate 30 years of the Hubble Space Telescope with this gallery of our favorite views from the iconic observatory. Centaurus A, also known as NGC 5128, is well known for its dramatic dusty lanes of dark material. The spiral galaxy NGC 2008 sits centre stage, its ghostly spiral arms spreading out towards us, in this image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Two Planetary Nebulas: NGC 6302 and NGC 7027, Two Planetary Nebulas: NGC 6302 and NGC 7027, Jun 18, 2020 Ever since Voyager 2 beamed home spectacular images of the planets in the 1980s, planet-lovers have been hooked on extra-terrestrial aurorae. This new image shows the dramatic shape and colour of the Ring Nebula, otherwise known as Messier 57. The giant orange moon Titan — larger than the planet Mercury — can be seen at upper right. NGC 7027, Jun 3, 2020 Both are among the dustiest planetary nebulae known and both contain unusually large masses of gas. The trust Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 30th anniversary capturing space, and here are some of the new images released by NASA of space gems caught by the space telescope. It provides amazing detail and resolution of the fragile filamentary structures, which show up as a reddish lacy structure surrounding the central bright galaxy NGC 1275. This image, captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy — otherwise known as M31. This Hubble Space Telescope view shows one of the most dynamic and intricately detailed star-forming regions in space, located 210,000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. This image shows only a small part of this turbulent star-formation region, about four light-years across. First spotted by the prolific galaxy hunter William Herschel in 1784, NGC 7331 is located about 45 million light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). Previously unseen details of a mysterious, complex structure within the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) are revealed by this image of the 'Keyhole Nebula, ' obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. The image features the planet’s trademark Great Red Spot and a more intense colour palette in the clouds swirling in the planet’s turbulent atmosphere than seen in previous years. This warm planetary nebula harbours one of the hottest stars known and its powerful stellar winds generate waves 100 billion kilometres high. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of NGC 7049 in the constellation of Indus, in the southern sky. 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