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Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

Hubble has observed some weird things since it was launched in 1990, but this is probably one of the strangest. Read more

No, it’s not aliens.

Hubble Discovers Water Plumes Over Europa

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found plumes of water vapor shooting off the southern pole of Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter that is believed to have an underground ocean. Read more

Hubble Spies Swarm of Stars in Belly of a Whale

We’ve had a rocket frog and a space bat, and now here’s a new Hubble image showing an entire flock of stars stuffed inside the belly of a cosmic whale, 11 million light-years away. Read more


Hubble’s Beautiful Butterfly Nebulae

In a discovery announced on Sept. 4, 2013, a population of planetary nebulae near the galactic core appear to be, weirdly, preferentially aligned to the Milky Way’s galactic plain. The nebulae, known as “bipolar” (or “butterfly”) planetary nebulae are completely non-interacting and of various ages, suggesting some external force is shaping their orientation. It’s thought that a powerful magnetic field may be the culprit. Take a look at some beautiful examples of bipolar planetary nebulae as seen by Hubble.

Mystery Alignment of ‘Butterfly’ Nebulae Discovered

Astronomers have discovered something weird in the Milky Way’s galactic bulge — a population of planetary nebula are all mysteriously pointing in the same direction. Read more

Hubble Discovers New Neptune Moon

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found another moon circling Neptune, a giant planet located about 30 times farther away from the sun than Earth. The new moon was too small to be noticed by Voyager 2′s cameras when it completed its flyby of the planet in 1989. Read more

Pluto’s New Moons Get Names From Hell

Congratulations Pluto! We Earthlings have named two of your offspring Kerberos and Styx. You may have noticed that, in keeping with your Hellish roots, we’ve named your cute little bundles of rock after deities of the Underworld. What’s that? You’d rather one be named after a science fiction planet?! And Captain Kirk gave you his blessing?! Tough.

Hubble at 23: Horsehead Nebula in a New Light

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit for 23 years and, to celebrate this milestone, the space telescope has revisited the famous Horsehead Nebula in the constellation of Orion.

It really has been a crappy week, so here’s some Hubble therapy to end the week a little less crappy. Hubble reminds us that the human spirit for exploration and discovery far outweigh our drive to maim and kill.

Hubble’s Latest Mind Blowing Cosmic Pictures

The Hubble Space Telescope has been looking deep into the Cosmos for over two decades returning over a million observations of planets, exoplanets, nebulae, galaxies and clusters of galaxies. The mission has surpassed our wildest expectations, but some of the most intricately beautiful views of the Universe have been released only recently — sometimes in collaboration with other observatories.

Want your mind blown? Take a look at these cosmic beauties!

Hubble’s Dwarf Galaxy Stellar Treasure Trove

Anyone who’s read or seen The Hobbit knows that dwarves love sparkling treasures — and this image from Hubble shows that dwarf galaxies are no different. Read more…

A Galaxy Far, Far Away is Furthest in Universe:

A new celestial wonder has stolen the title of most distant object ever seen in the universe, astronomers report. The new record holder is the galaxy MACS0647-JD, which is about 13.3 billion light-years away. The universe itself is only 13.7 billion years old, so this galaxy’s light has been traveling toward us for almost the whole history of space and time.

Far. Out.

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