ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
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
Hubble has produced an outstanding image of the central region of the famous Tarantula Nebula, a vast star-forming cloud of gas and dust in our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Published: 15 March 2011
Galaxy NGC 2841, featured in this spectacular Hubble view, is one of several nearby objects that have been specifically chosen to study wildly differing sites of star formation
Published: 17 February 2011
Pushing the Hubble Space Telescope to the limit of its technical ability, an international collaboration of astronomers have found what is likely to be the most distant and ancient galaxy ever seen.
Published: 26 January 2011
A strange, glowing green cloud of gas that has mystified astronomers since its discovery in 2007 has been studied by Hubble. The cloud of gas is lit up by the bright light of a nearby quasar, and shows signs of ongoing star formation.
Published: 10 January 2011
A recent study concludes that galactic mergers do not usually whet the appetite of the black holes that power these active galactic nuclei.
Published: 5 January 2011
The Space Telescope European Co-ordinating Facility, a unique collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory, will close on 31 December 2010 after 26 years. ESA's continuing partnership with NASA on the Hubble mission ensures that European astronomers will continue to have access to observing time.
Published: 17 December 2010
Hubble has spotted a festive bauble of gas in our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. Formed in the aftermath of a supernova explosion that took place four centuries ago, this sphere of gas has been snapped in a series of observations made between 2006 and 2010.
Published: 14 December 2010
Using Hubble to obtain the most accurate measurements yet of star motions at the heart of Omega Centauri, a globular cluster in the Milky Way, astronomers have now calculated how these stars will move over the next
10 000 years
Published: 26 October 2010
A team of astronomers have used Hubble to study the aftermath of a collision between two asteroids over a period of several months
Published: 13 October 2010
The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the Hubble Space Telescope has captured a dramatic view of gas and dust sculpted by intense radiation from hot young stars deep in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8).
Published: 22 September 2010
An international team of astronomers using gravitational lensing observations from the Hubble Space Telescope has taken an important step forward in the quest to solve the riddle of dark energy.
Published: 19 August 2010
Curling around itself like a question mark, the unusual looking galaxy NGC 4696 itself begs many questions. Why is it such a strange shape? What are the odd, capillary-like filaments that stretch out of it? And what is the role of a large black hole in explaining its decidedly odd appearance?
Published: 12 August 2010
A colourful star-forming region is featured in this new Hubble image of NGC 2467. Several bright blue hot young stars have emerged from the dense clouds of gas and dust that serve as an incubator for new stars.
Published: 13 July 2010
A spectacular new Hubble image - one of the largest ever released of a star-forming region - highlights N11, part of a complex network of gas clouds and star clusters within our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Published: 22 June 2010
New and detailed observations from Hubble have provided insights into two recent events on Jupiter: the mysterious flash of light seen on 3 June and the recent disappearance of the planet's dark Southern Equatorial Belt.
Published: 16 June 2010
Two Hubble observations taken ten years apart have revealed, for the first time ever, the tiny apparent motions of several hundred young stars within one of our Galaxy's most compact stellar clusters: the NGC 3603 Young Cluster.
Published: 2 June 2010
A heavy runaway star is rushing away from a nearby stellar nursery at more than 400 000 kilometres per hour, a speed that would get you to the Moon and back in two hours.
Published: 11 May 2010
Published: 23 April 2010
This spectacular Hubble view shows the largest galaxy in a trio of galaxies known as the Leo Triplet. The galaxy has an unusual anatomy, with asymmetric spiral arms and an apparently displaced core.
Published: 8 April 2010
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