This is the compass image for VY Canis Majoris, showing the orientation and filters used. Credit: NASA, ESA, and R. Humphreys (University of Minnesota), and J. Olmsted (STScI) The red hypergiant VY Canis Majoris is enshrouded in huge clouds of dust Stars come in an extraordinary range of sizes. One […]

Trojan Asteroid 2019 LD2. Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, B. Bolin IPAC/Caltech) Comet Comes in from the Cold and Finds an Off-Ramp on Its Sunward Journey Long road trips can be tedious and boring. That’s why many road travelers break up their arduous journey by making rest stops along the way. […]

ANIMATION Scientists were expecting to find an intermediate-mass black hole at the heart of the globular cluster NGC 6397, but instead they found evidence of a concentration of smaller black holes lurking there. New data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have led to the first measurement of the extent of a collection of black […]

Portrait of M1-63, a beautiful example of a bipolar planetary nebula located in the constellation of Scutum, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Stanghellini This week’s NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Picture of the Week features an impressive portrait of M1-63, a beautifully captured example of a bipolar planetary […]

Planetary nebula ESO 455-10 captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Stanghellini The lives of planetary nebulae are often chaotic, from the death of their parent star to the scattering of its contents far out into space. Captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, ESO 455-10 is one such […]

This composite image illustrates the possibility of a Roman Space Telescope “ultra deep field” observation. In a deep field, astronomers collect light from a patch of sky for an extended period of time to reveal the faintest and most distant objects. This view centers on the Hubble Ultra Deep Field […]

On the left is an image of the Jewel Bug Nebula (NGC 7027) captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2019 and released in 2020. Further analysis by researchers produced the RGB image on the right, which shows extinction due to dust, as inferred from the relative strength of two […]

Galaxy NGC 4535, a barred spiral galaxy located some 54 million light years from Earth in the constellation Virgo, as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team Located in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin), around 50 million light-years from Earth, […]

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 […]