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Hubble Telescope to Search For New Kuiper Belt Objects

Hubble Telescope to Search For New Kuiper Belt Objects

By Sean Patterson June 17, 2014

Launched in early 2006, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with dwarf planet Pluto in a little over one year. The observatory will fly within 6,200 miles of Pluto, gathering data on the dwarf planet and its companion …

Three Ancient Galaxies Spotted Merging Three Ancient Galaxies Spotted Merging

Astronomers this week revealed that they have spotted three ancient galaxies that appear to be merging. The observations, which were made using both the Hubble Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) are recorded in a paper to …

Hubble Finds Young Milky Way-Like Galaxies Hubble Finds Young Milky Way-Like Galaxies

Astronomers this week detailed findings showing how our own galaxy, the Milky Way, may have looked when it was first forming. The research, published recently in The Astrophysical Journal, shows that the Milky Way was likely once a blue-hued, gas-filled, …

Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid

Astronomers today announced that an asteroid with six “comet-like” tails has been discovered. The asteroid, currently named P/2013 P5, was imaged twice in September by the Hubble Space Telescope. Its strange tails were seen changing position over the course of …

Neptune’s 14th Moon Was Discovered on July 1st Neptune’s 14th Moon Was Discovered on July 1st

Neptune is the 8th planet from the sun at nearly 2.8 million miles, or 30 times as far away as earth, and makes a rotation around the sun every 165 years. It was the first planet to be located through …

New Neptune Moon Found by Hubble Space Telescope New Neptune Moon Found by Hubble Space Telescope

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NASA this week revealed that a new moon has been spotted orbiting the furthest planet from the sun, Neptune. The moon, the 14th known to be orbiting Neptune, has been labeled S/2004 N 1. The small rock is the smallest …

Hubble Telescope Spots a Blue Planet Hubble Telescope Spots a Blue Planet

Astronomers have been finding and cataloging exoplanets for years now, but NASA this week announced that the Hubble Space Telescope has helped determined the color of a planet orbiting a star 63 light-years from our solar system. The planet, HD …

“Strobe Light” Star Spotted by NASA Telescopes “Strobe Light” Star Spotted by NASA Telescopes

NASA this week revealed that astronomers have discovered a mysterious object that acts like a strobe light. The object, named LRLL 54361, releases a flash of light every 25.34 days. Though other objects in the universe have been observed with …

Rogue Planet Orbit Spotted by NASA’s Hubble Rogue Planet Orbit Spotted by NASA’s Hubble

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New images of the Fomalhaut star system could show evidence of a “titanic planetary disruption.” Astronomers have found that the debris belt in the system is wider than was thought, and that a “rogue” planet has a precarious orbit that …

NASA Spots Weather Patterns on Brown Dwarf

Astronomers this week announced that they have produced a “weather map” for a brown dwarf that shows planet-sized clouds driven by wind. Brown dwarfs are objects at the edge of becoming a star. They lack the mass to begin hydrogen …

Globular Cluster Aging Revealed in New Study

Globular clusters are spherical groupings of stars tightly bound by gravity. While these objects are usually 12 to 13 billion years old, a new study has found that clusters can appear to be vastly different ages, depending on the behavior …

NASA’s Hubble Takes Census of Early Galaxies

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered seven previously unseen galaxies that formed over 13 billion years ago – a time when galaxies were just beginning to form. The new discovery has provided researchers with a “statistically robust” sample …

Hubble Photo Shows Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy

The above photo is an image of the irregular galaxy NGC 5253, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope‘s Advanced Camera for Surveys. It combines both visible and infrared exposures. A larger version of the image can be viewed here. The …

NASA May Have Found A New Most Distant Galaxy
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NASA today announced that astronomers have found a candidate for the new most distant galaxy ever seen. This comes just after a similar announcement in September, when a different red blob took the record. The object, dubbed MACS0647-JD, is observed …

NASA Finds What Could be the Most Distant Galaxy Yet
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NASA today announced that it has snapped a picture of what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. Using the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, astronomers have captured an image of what could be a young galaxy from when …

Pluto May Hold Key To Discovering Alien Worlds

A recent space discovery has turned some heads. The once 9th planet that we all miss has a hidden moon that no one knew about until recently. Last year scientists decided to point the Hubble Space Telescope at the not …

Watery Super-Earth Found With Hubble Telescope Watery Super-Earth Found With Hubble Telescope
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NASA has supplied these images of what they are calling GJ 1214b. Others have adopted the name “water world” to describe the watery planet. Discovered in 2009, it was one of the first planets identified that actually has an atmosphere. …