ESA Science & Technology - News Archive
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
An extensive study of data from the Hubble COSMOS survey and from ground-based observations, has provided a unique 3-D map of dark matter distribution, plus confirmation of the Universe's accelerating expansion
Published: 25 March 2010
Hubble has imaged the elliptical galaxy ESO 306-17 which is likely an extreme example of galaxy cannibalism, having devoured all its neighbours.
Published: 4 March 2010
Taking advantage of a once in every 15 years opportunity, Hubble has captured unique images of the aurorae on Saturn, simultaneously at both of the planet's poles
Published: 11 February 2010
A recent study using data from Hubble shows that, contrary to contemporary thought, more than half of the present-day spiral galaxies had peculiar shapes only 6000 million years ago.
Published: 4 February 2010
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has broken the distance limit for galaxies and uncovered a primordial population of compact and ultra-blue galaxies that have never been seen before.
Published: 5 January 2010
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