Hubble Space Telescope

Stunning Hubble Portrait of Stellar Light Echo

The Hubble Space Telescope sends along the spirit of the season, spying a cosmic holiday wreath. Just like your favorite seasonal ornament, the giant cloud of gas and dust lights up from within. Only in this case, the holiday glow ...

Hubble Spots Hazy Worlds With Watery Atmospheres

The Hubble Space Telescope has spied five alien worlds around distant stars that show clear signs of water vapor filling their atmospheres, according to a new study. The find represents the first conclusive detection and comparison of water vapor in ...

Weird Newfound Asteroid Sports Six Comet Tails

A newly-discovered asteroid masquerades as a bizarre comet, one that astronomers in a new study are outright calling, “weird and freakish.” First spotted by the Hawaii-based Pan-STARRS sky survey telescope this Spring, the bizarre object caught  astronomers’ attention because of ...

Comet ISON Plays Coy With Astronomers

  The latest observations from professional and amateur astronomers around the world show that the much-hyped comet ISON is still very much alive, and new data suggests that it may very well survive its close swing by the Sun on ...

Comet ISON Plays Coy With Astronomers

  The latest observations from professional and amateur astronomers around the world show that the much-hyped comet ISON is still very much alive, and new data suggests that it may very well survive its close swing by the Sun on ...

Most Crowded Galaxy Discovered, Only 54 Million Light Years Away

Astronomers have discovered the densest galaxy ever seen, and at 54 million light years away, it’s in our galactic neighborhood. Using the combined imaging capabilities of ground-based observatories with the high-flying Hubble Space Telescope and its cousin, the Chandra X-Ray ...

Most Crowded Galaxy Discovered, Only 54 Million Light Years Away

Astronomers have discovered the densest galaxy ever seen, and at 54 million light years away, it’s in our galactic neighborhood. Using the combined imaging capabilities of ground-based observatories with the high-flying Hubble Space Telescope and its cousin, the Chandra X-Ray ...

Hubble Telescope Finds New Moon for Neptune

The Hubble Space Telescope‘s keen eye has revealed a previously undetected moon orbiting Neptune.  The July 1, 2013 discovery , 24 years after Voyager 2 swung by the icy-blue giant, expands the known retinue of circling moons to 14. Known only by its temporary designation —...

Hubble Telescope Finds New Moon for Neptune

The Hubble Space Telescope‘s keen eye has revealed a previously undetected moon orbiting Neptune.  The July 1, 2013 discovery , 24 years after Voyager 2 swung by the icy-blue giant, expands the known retinue of circling moons to 14. Known only by its temporary designation —...