Magnetic field streamlines detected by SOFIA are shown over an image of the Whirlpool galaxy, M51, from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. For the first time, SOFIA’s infrared view shows that the magnetic fields in the outer arms do not follow the galaxy’s spiral shape and are instead distorted. The intense […]

This artist’s illustration shows NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in the outer solar system. In the background lies the Sun and a glowing band representing zodiacal light, caused by sunlight reflecting off of dust. By traveling beyond the inner solar system and its accompanying light pollution, New Horizons was able to […]

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, G. Folatelli First discovered in 1798 by German-English astronomer William Hershel, NGC 613 is a galaxy that lies in the southern constellation of Sculptor  67 million light-years away. Featured here in a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NGC 613 is a lovely example of a […]

ANIMATION Astronomers confirm bound orbit for planet far from its star, showing that far-flung planets exist. Astronomers are still searching for a hypothetical “Planet Nine” in the distant reaches of our solar system, but an exoplanet 336 light years from Earth is looking more and more like the Planet Nine of its […]

This is an illustration of a distant galaxy with an active quasar at its center. A quasar emits exceptionally large amounts of energy generated by a supermassive black hole fueled by infalling matter. Credit: NASA, ESA and J. Olmsted (STScI) Using the unique capabilities of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of […]

Composite image of the Orion Nebula, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space telescope. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech STScI Gaseous swirls of hydrogen, sulfur, and hydrocarbons cradle a collection of infant stars in this composite image of the Orion Nebula, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space telescope. […]

This video shows the drastic changes to the planetary nebula Hen 3-1357, nicknamed the Stingray nebula, over two decades as captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The nebula is first seen as it was in 1996, with filaments and tendrils of gas glowing bright blue at its center. The wavy […]

This bright bar of light captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is the magnificent central bar of NGC 2217, a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Canis Major. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Dalcanton, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla) The magnificent central bar of NGC 2217 (also known as […]

ANIMATION The Hubble Space Telescope turned 30 this year, and for the occasion, it’s sharing a present with you. NASA has just released dozens of newly processed Hubble images featuring 30 dazzling galaxies, sparkling star clusters, and ethereal nebulae. And there’s something extra special about these 30 celestial gems: All of them can be […]