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 […]

This Hubble Space Telescope snapshot of the dynamic blue-green planet Neptune reveals a monstrous dark storm (top center) and the emergence of a smaller dark spot nearby (top right). The giant vortex, which is wider than the Atlantic Ocean, was traveling south toward certain doom by atmospheric forces at the […]

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of GAL-CLUS-022058s, located in the southern hemisphere constellation of Fornax (The Furnace). Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, S. Jha, Acknowledgement: L. Shatz The narrow galaxy elegantly curving around its spherical companion in this image is a fantastic example of a truly strange and very rare phenomenon. […]

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the environment around double star HD 106906. The brilliant light from these stars is masked here to allow fainter features in the system to be seen. The stars’ circumstellar disk is asymmetric and distorted, perhaps due to the gravitational tug of the wayward planet […]