ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
Several million stars are vying for attention in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula.
Published: 17 April 2012
The Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed image so far of Messier 9, discerning over 250 000 individual stars shining in this globular star cluster, which is located close to the centre of our Galaxy.
Published: 16 March 2012
Observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have come up with a new class of planet, a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. It's smaller than Uranus but larger than Earth.
Published: 21 February 2012
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have found a cluster of young blue stars surrounding a mid-sized black hole called HLX-1.
Published: 15 February 2012
Hubble has imaged the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1073. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is a similar barred spiral, and the study of galaxies such as NGC 1073 helps astronomers learn more about our celestial home.
Published: 3 February 2012
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a cluster of galaxies in the initial stages of development, making it the most distant such grouping ever observed in the early Universe.
Published: 10 January 2012
Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 has captured this image of a giant cloud of hydrogen gas illuminated by a bright young star. The image shows how violent the end stages of the star-formation process can be, with the young object shaking up its stellar nursery.
Published: 15 December 2011
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has passed another milestone in its almost 21 years of observations: the publication of the 10 000th refereed scientific paper based on Hubble data.
Published: 6 December 2011
Using its infrared vision to peer nine billion years back in time, the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of tiny, young galaxies that are brimming with star formation
Published: 10 November 2011
A team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc - a brightly glowing disc of matter that is slowly being sucked into its galaxy's central black hole.
Published: 4 November 2011
As part of a new survey of galaxy clusters with Hubble, the space telescope has imaged the galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847, to study the apparently distorted shapes of distant galaxies in the background caused by the invisible substance of dark matter.
Published: 13 October 2011
Smaller galaxies like the dwarf irregular galaxy Holmberg II come in many shapes and types that are harder to classify than regular galaxies. This galaxy's indistinct shape is punctuated by huge glowing bubbles of gas, captured in a new Hubble image.
Published: 29 September 2011
Astronomers have combined two decades of Hubble observations to make unprecedented movies revealing never-before-seen details of the birth pangs of new stars.
Published: 31 August 2011
A wide variety of stars has been studied in the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest neighbour large spiral galaxy, which is revealed in unprecedented detail in four observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Published: 21 July 2011
Abell 2744, nicknamed Pandora's Cluster, seems to be the result of a simultaneous pile-up of at least four separate galaxy clusters and this complex collision has produced strange effects that have never been seen together before.
Published: 22 June 2011
The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 instrument has produced a close-up view of the galaxy Centaurus A, revealing a dramatic picture of a dynamic galaxy in flux.
Published: 16 June 2011
Hubble's newest camera has taken an image of galaxy NGC 4214. This galaxy glows brightly with young stars and gas clouds, and is an ideal laboratory to research star formation and evolution.
Published: 12 May 2011
The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, with its dramatically lopsided shape, has been captured in two contrasting views by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla, Chile.
Published: 4 May 2011
In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers pointed Hubble at an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273
Published: 20 April 2011
Using the amplifying power of a cosmic gravitational lens, Abell 383, astronomers have discovered a distant galaxy whose stars were born unexpectedly early in cosmic history.
Published: 12 April 2011
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