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  • Where To Go After Pluto? Hubble Seeks The Next Target For New Horizons

    06/17/2014 8:24:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    Hubble Space Telescope (in Earth orbit) is scoping out icy objects beyond Pluto. What astronomers are doing now is a “pilot observation” where the space telescope looks at a spot in the constellation Sagittarius. Controllers will try to turn the telescope at the same rate as what a KBO would be orbiting around the sun. If the method works, stars will look like streaks and the KBOs will look like “pinpoint objects”, NASA stated. “If the test observation identifies at least two KBOs of a specified brightness it will demonstrate statistically that Hubble has a chance of finding an appropriate...
  • Hubble unveils a colorful view of the universe

    06/03/2014 1:04:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-03-2014 | Provided by ESA/Hubble Information Centre
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured the most comprehensive picture ever assembled of the evolving universe—and one of the most colorful. The study is called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field project. Prior to this survey, astronomers were in a curious position. They knew a lot about star formation occurring in nearby galaxies thanks to UV telescope facilities such as NASA's Galex observatory, which operated from 2003 to 2013. And, thanks to Hubble's near-infrared and visible capability, they had also studied star birth in the most distant galaxies. We see these distant galaxies in their...
  • Chelsea Clinton says gay rights have made progress

    02/16/2014 5:15:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 84 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 2/16/14 | MARTIN GRIFFITH
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made "incredible progress" on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success. Clinton called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues "the unfinished business of the 21st century" in an address at a national conference in Las Vegas where actress Ellen Page came out as gay days earlier in an emotional speech that's stirred a social media outpouring. Clinton urged a crowd of 600 professionals who work with children to become more sensitive to the needs of LGBT youth, saying the deck is stacked...
  • 'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo)

    01/10/2014 6:32:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 09, 2014 02:45pm ET | By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer
    Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God." The cosmic "hand of God" photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy X-rays. "NuSTAR's unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light," NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona...
  • Hubblecast 70 Explains How Gravitational Lensing Will Help Uncover the Secrets of the Universe

    12/27/2013 3:36:07 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    SCiTech Daily ^ | December 27, 2013 | Staff
    Original Title:Hubblecast 70 Explains How Gravitational Lensing Will Help Uncover the Secrets of the Universe This eight minute Hubblecast video takes a look at gravitational lensing, explaining how it works and how it can help astronomers uncover the secrets of the Universe.
  • Hubble Looks but Finds No Trace of Comet ISON

    12/20/2013 10:16:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | December 20, 2013 | Bob King on
    On December 18, the Hubble Space Telescope slewed to Comet ISON’s expected position and found nothing down to the incredibly faint magnitude of 25. According to astronomer Hal Weaver, who planned the ISON search, that limit implies any remaining fragments would have to be smaller than about 500 feet (160 meters) in diameter.
  • Astronomers 'Dumbfounded' by Six-Tailed Asteroid

    11/07/2013 5:54:43 PM PST · by anymouse · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/7/2013 | Irene Klotz
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted a freakish asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust streaming from its body like spokes on a wheel, scientists said on Thursday.
  • Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust

    11/07/2013 12:20:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/7/13 | Marcia Dunn - ap
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid. The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they've never seen anything like it. Incredibly, the comet-like tails change shape as the asteroid sheds dust. The streams have occurred over several months.
  • Hubble’s Latest View Shows Comet ISON Still Intact, Fairly Average

    10/17/2013 8:01:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 17, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    NASA explains: In this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image taken on October 9, the comet’s solid nucleus is unresolved because it is so small. If the nucleus broke apart then Hubble would have likely seen evidence for multiple fragments. Moreover, the coma or head surrounding the comet’s nucleus is symmetric and smooth. This would probably not be the case if clusters of smaller fragments were flying along. What’s more, a polar jet of dust first seen in Hubble images taken in April is no longer visible and may have turned off. So, its not disintegrating, its not a three-piece body,...
  • Hubble Finds Source of Magellanic Stream

    09/21/2013 10:32:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Thursday, September 19, 2013 | unattributed
    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, are at the head of the gaseous stream. Since the stream's discovery by radio telescopes in the early 1970s, astronomers have wondered whether the gas comes from one or both of the satellite galaxies. New Hubble observations reveal most of the gas was stripped from the Small Magellanic Cloud about two billion years ago, and a...
  • Disingenuous Transparency Versus Ingenious Opacity

    07/13/2013 5:45:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    Yes, the most transparently opportunistic administration is becoming more transparent every day. In the midst of negotiations for a free-trade agreement between Europe and the U.S., the NSA Papers, made transparent by Edward Snowden, reveal that America has been spying on allies as well as enemies. Yeah I know. Obama has a hard time telling the difference between U.S. allies and U.S. enemies. Hence he’s arming our allies, er, enemies, Al Qaida, in Syria; he’s being flexible for Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator, er, president; helping the Venezuelan government wing disguised as an oil company, our ally, er, enemy; and...
  • Intelligent Design As Seen Through The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

    07/06/2013 10:36:15 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 16 replies
    American Digest ^ | 7-2-2013 | Vanderleun
    Intelligent DesignWhose Will decreed This slash of sea Would frame This sun in gleams of green?What Plan determines stone's decline, Or shapes in stars, or shadow's sheen, Or that we track, as clever beasts, The passing haze of comet's fall,And are the glaze of Thought on flesh That sees the need of Plan at all? …Read The Rest Here>>>
  • Is the Big Bang Church Teaching?

    05/06/2013 6:11:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | May 6, 2013 | MICHAEL BARUZZINI
    The universe is about 13.82 billion years old. Although it is well within the error range of earlier estimates, this new number means that the universe is slightly older than cosmologists previously thought. The new age comes as a result of data just released from the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope, which for the past 15 months has been taking the most precise images of the oldest light in the universe, the “cosmic microwave background radiation.” This microwave-wavelength light is the remnant of the universe’s earliest days, and is a key piece of evidence for the event we now...
  • Hubble Telescope Captures Image of Comet ISON

    04/23/2013 6:37:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | April 23, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Here’s our first good look at Comet (C/2012 S1) ISON. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this shot on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter’s orbit at a distance of 634 million kilometers (394 million miles) from Earth. Later this year, this comet could become a brilliant object in the sky, perhaps 10 times brighter than Venus. Astronomers say preliminary measurements from the Hubble images suggest that the nucleus of ISON is no larger than 4-6 km (3-4 miles) across. The astronomers said this is remarkably small considering the high level of activity observed in the comet...
  • Hubble boffins: Incredibly old supernova could explain EVERYTHING

    04/05/2013 6:16:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    The Register UK ^ | 5th April 2013 12:17 GMT | By Brid-Aine Parnell
    Might also answer poser: 'If supernovae were popcorn...' NASA's Hubble telescope has spotted the most distant massive star explosion of its kind ever, one which could help boffins understand the very fabric of the universe. Hubble view of supernova SN Wilson The telescope picked out Supernova UDS10Wil, also known as SN Wilson, in the night sky. The star apparently blew up over 10 billion years ago, and the resulting light from the explosion took that long to reach Earth. Wilson is in the special class of Type Ia supernovae, which give astroboffins a consistent level of brightness that can be...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 6751: The Glowing Eye Nebula

    03/13/2013 4:35:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | March 13, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Planetary nebulae can look simple, round, and planet-like in small telescopes. But images from the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope have become well known for showing these fluorescent gas shrouds of dying Sun-like stars to possess a staggering variety of detailed symmetries and shapes. This composite color Hubble image of NGC 6751, the Glowing Eye Nebula, is a beautiful example of a classic planetary nebula with complex features. It was selected in April of 2000 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hubble in orbit, but was reprocessed recently by an amateur as part of the Hubble Legacy program. Winds and...
  • Hubble spots spiral galaxy that shouldn't exist

    07/18/2012 5:08:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 18, 2012, 1:05 p.m. | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered the oldest known spiral galaxy, a 10.7-billion-year-old anomaly that by all rights shouldn't exist. The galaxy was present in the early universe, about 3 billion years after the Big Bang, at a time when galaxies were still forming and normally looked clumpy and irregular. … In fact, it is a so-called grand design spiral galaxy, which has prominent, well-formed spiral arms. "The fact that this galaxy exists is astounding," Law said. "Current wisdom holds that such grand design spiral galaxies didn't exist at such an early time in the history of the...
  • Hubble Telescope Spies Fifth Moon Around Pluto

    07/11/2012 4:48:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    AP) ^ | July 11, 2012 10:30 AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s something lurking around distant and icy dwarf planet Pluto: a fifth moon. A team of scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope said Wednesday they have discovered the tiniest moon yet around Pluto. That brings the number of known moons to five. The mini-moon is estimated to be 6 to 15 miles across, smaller than the one that scientists spotted last year, which is 8 to 21 miles wide. Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, is about 650 miles across. Until the newly found moon gets a name, it will be known as P5.
  • Ex-Spy Telescope May Get New Identity as a Space Investigator

    06/05/2012 11:17:30 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 6/4/12 | Dennis Overbye
    The phone call came like a bolt out of the blue, so to speak, in January 2011. On the other end of the line was someone from the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates the nation’s fleet of spy satellites. They had some spare, unused “hardware” to get rid of. Was NASA interested? So when John Grunsfeld, the physicist and former astronaut, walked into his office a year later to start his new job as NASA’s associate administrator for space science, he discovered that his potential armada was a bit bigger than he knew. In a room in upstate New York...
  • 'UFO Galaxy' Spotted by Hubble Telescope (NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on)

    04/12/2012 2:55:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | 4/11/12 | SPACE.com Staff
    The Hubble Space Telescope has found a UFO, but this one is filled with stars instead of little green men. The iconic space telescope snapped an amazing new photo of the "UFO Galaxy" — a galaxy 35 million light-years from Earth that is officially known as NGC 2683. "NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship," NASA officials wrote in a recent image description. The galaxy was originally discovered on Feb. 5, 1788 by famed astronomer William Herschel. It is located in the Lynx constellation in the northern sky....
  • Hubble Telescope Confirms Existence of God with Incomprehensible Power, Author Says

    04/10/2012 2:26:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | March 28, 2012 | Paul Hutchins
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 28, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Dead Sea Scrolls have long been considered words from God recorded by men under inspiration. Since their discovery they have been a source of great wonder and revelation for the faithful, and now an author is arguing in his new book that the Hubble telescope validates a passage from the scroll of Isaiah confirming God to be the energy source behind the Universe. The book retraces the history of the telescope, and is based on Hubble's discoveries made over the past two decades. It chronicles how Hubble has photographed the greatest cinematic...
  • Hubble snaps photo of 13 billion year old galaxy — oldest on record

    01/14/2012 8:25:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    http://www.thestatecolumn.com ^ | 01-14-2012 | Staff
    NASA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of the oldest galaxy on record, the space administration announced Tuesday. The space administration said it has captured an image of a group of galaxies located 13.1 billion light years away. The team said the galaxies represent a cluster in the initial stages of development. “These galaxies formed during the earliest stages of galaxy assembly, when galaxies had just started to cluster together,” said Michele Trenti of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. “The result confirms our theoretical understanding...
  • Hubble Deep Space Images

    08/15/2011 4:59:08 AM PDT · by econjack · 103 replies
    http://deepastronomy.com ^ | Aug. 15,2011 | Deep Astronomy
    This is a video of two deep space experiments using the Hubble space telescope. First, Hubble was pointed to a "dark" spot in space and left to collect data for 10 days to see if anything was there. The second is to use this data and the Red Shift to create a 3D image. The result is presented here. To me, pretty amazing stuff. http://www.flixxy.com/hubble-ultra-deep-field-3d.htm
  • Hubble Discovers a New Moon Around Pluto

    07/20/2011 3:23:56 PM PDT · by MikeD · 26 replies
    NASA.gov ^ | July 20, 2011 | Tony Phillips
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The tiny, new satellite – temporarily designated P4 -- popped up in a Hubble survey searching for rings around the dwarf planet. The new moon is the smallest discovered around Pluto. It has an estimated diameter of 8 to 21 miles (13 to 34 km). By comparison, Charon, Pluto's largest moon, is 648 miles (1,043 km) across, and the other moons, Nix and Hydra, are in the range of 20 to 70 miles in diameter (32 to 113 km). "I find it remarkable...
  • Star-Eating Black Hole May Be Producing Universe's Biggest Blast

    04/10/2011 8:07:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 81 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 7 April 2011 | Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
    Enlarge Image Breathing fire. A distant cosmic explosion detected 28 March (left) continues to put out a series of high-energy flares (right). Astronomers believe it's a star being consumed by a black hole 3.8 billion light-years away. Credit: (left, galaxy) ASA/Swift/Stefan Immler; (right, diagram) NASA/Swift/Penn State/J. Kennea Astronomers have observed possibly the biggest blast ever seen in the cosmos. When NASA's SWIFT space observatory first spotted it 10 days ago, observers thought it was a massive star blowing up as a supernova and expected it to fade within hours or even minutes. But the high-energy radiation from the source...
  • Universe Could be 250 Times Bigger Than What is Observable

    02/10/2011 1:21:07 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 56 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 2/8/11 | Vanessa D'Amico
    Our Universe is an enormous place; that’s no secret. What is up for discussion, however, is just how enormous it is. And new research suggests it’s a whopper – over 250 times the size of our observable universe. Currently, cosmologists believe the Universe takes one of three possible shapes: It is flat, like a Euclidean plane, and spatially infinite.It is open, or curved like a saddle, and spatially infinite.It is closed, or curved like a sphere, and spatially finite. While most current data favors a flat universe, cosmologists have yet to come to a consensus. In a paper recently submitted...
  • Astronomers Discover Oldest Ever Galaxy

    01/26/2011 4:56:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-26-11 | Staf
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have peered further back in time than ever before, spotting a galaxy that formed less than 500 million years after the birth of our universe, making it the oldest and most distant ever seen. The find, reported today (Jan. 26) in the journal Nature, should help astronomers better understand the early days of the universe, researchers said. In particular, the discovery should shed light on the evolution of early galaxies, which first formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang."In essence, the most important aspect of this is, it provides us...
  • NASA to Announce New Discovery by Hubble Space Telescope (10:A.M TODAY)

    01/26/2011 9:50:37 AM PST · by TaraP · 65 replies
    NASA is expected to announce a new discovery by researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope on Wednesday (Jan. 26). The space agency has scheduled a teleconference with reporters for 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) on Wednesday to announce and discuss the finding, which will also be published that day in the journal Nature. "Astronomers have pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to its limits and have seen further back in time than ever before," NASA said in an announcement posted on its website today (Jan. 21). Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on the space agency's website, according to...
  • NASA to Announce New Discovery by Hubble Space Telescope

    01/23/2011 11:37:50 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | 1/21/11 | Mike Wall
    NASA is expected to announce a new discovery by researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope on Wednesday (Jan. 26). The space agency has scheduled a teleconference with reporters for 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) on Wednesday to announce and discuss the finding, which will also be published that day in the journal Nature. "Astronomers have pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to its limits and have seen further back in time than ever before," NASA said in an announcement posted on its website today (Jan. 21). Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on the space agency's website, according to...
  • Hubble telescope zeroes in on green blob in space (Hanny's 'Voorwerp', it's 'strangely alive')

    01/10/2011 5:46:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/10/11 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON – The Hubble Space Telescope got its first peek at a mysterious giant green blob in outer space and found that it's strangely alive. The bizarre glowing blob is giving birth to new stars, some only a couple million years old, in remote areas of the universe where stars don't normally form.
  • Best Art in the Universe

    12/18/2010 7:14:46 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | December 15 2010 | Ben Muessig
    Best Art in the Universe? Hubble Space Telescope's Amazing Pics From 2010 (Dec. 15) -- You might think that taking highly detailed photographs of the darkest corners of the universe would be a purely scientific job. Turns out, there's an art to it. For the past 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the planet and wowing earthlings with breathtaking images of outer space, from jaw-dropping pictures of clusters of newborn stars to fantastic photos of colliding galaxies. But it's not just Hubble's cutting-edge optics that are responsible for these stunning photographs. Behind each image is the hard...
  • Hubble Spots Space Spiral ( for this can't be a failed missile launch. )

    09/12/2010 10:32:29 PM PDT · by American Constitutionalist · 27 replies
    Discovery News. ^ | September 7 , 2010 | Ian O'Neill
    http://news.discovery.com/space/hubble-spots-ghostly-space-spiral.html
  • "...large climate shift" on Jupiter

    08/04/2010 5:30:16 PM PDT · by smokinleroy · 18 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 4/24/10 | Lauren Effron
    Storms on Jupiter For more than 300 years, Jupiter’s gaseous atmosphere has hosted a gigantic storm known has the Giant Red Spot. Then in 2006, another red storm appeared and produced what appeared to be a few other whitish storm spots. When Hubble snapped this image in 2008, astronomers were surprised to discover that a third red storm spot had appeared. They speculate that this storm outbreak is due to a large climate shift on Jupiter . What's being sucked up into these storms or what causes them is still unknown.
  • Scorched Alien Planet Has a Comet Tail (153 light-years from Earth)

    07/15/2010 1:40:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Space.com ^ | 7/15/10 | Clara Moskowitz
    A scorched alien planet is flying so close to its parent star that its atmosphere is being swept off it in a glowing tail like some sort of giant comet, NASA announced Thursday. The existence of the planet and its strange tail, which was suggested in previous studies, was confirmed recently by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These new observations of the gas giant planet, called HD 209458b, suggest strong winds from its nearby star are blowing the atmosphere off the scorched world and shaping it into a comet-like tail. "Since 2003 scientists have theorized the lost mass is being pushed...
  • Hubble Ultra Deep Field 3D

    05/06/2010 6:45:58 PM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 21 replies · 908+ views
    Flixxy ^ | 2010-MAY-06 | NASA
    Really cool video about what exists in the blackness of space, and just how many stars and galaxies there are... Really cool animations as well!
  • Interesting Optical Illusion in Hubble Space Image (vanity)

    04/23/2010 5:52:52 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 29 replies · 1,104+ views
    Up on Drudge right now (7:40 pm CST):
  • OUT OF THIS WORLD!: Starry-Eyed Hubble Celebrates 20 Years Of Awe And Discovery

    04/23/2010 5:55:31 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies · 332+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | April 23, 2010 | annem040359
    Tomorrow, April 24, marks twenty years since the Hubble Space Telescope, with the help of he space shuttle and crew of STS-31 were launched to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope into a low Earth orbit, what took place afterwards is NOW HISTORY and part of the twenty years of EXCELLENCE for the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Researchers claim UFO spotted by Hubble telescope is ET technology

    02/03/2010 1:54:38 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 90 replies · 3,562+ views
    allnewsweb ^ | 4 February 2010 | Michael Cohen
    NASA has released images of a mysterious x-shaped UFO travelling at super-fast speeds that was picked up by the Hubble space telescope. The object is unlike any ever seen before, Scientists quick to discount any involvement of any extraterrestrial civilization have come up with the dubious and according to some, baseless theory that the UFO is the aftermath of a collision between two comets. It should be noted that no previous hypothetical testing of this scenario has ever predicted an object shaped as such as the outcome of such an event. Many ufologists are more inclined to believe that this...
  • Hubble Spies Galaxy's Big Bulge ("x" , "boxy" or "peanut-shaped" bulge)

    11/18/2009 8:55:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 1,145+ views
    Space.com ^ | 11/18/09 | Space.com staff
    A new image of the bulge at the center of a distant spiral galaxy, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is giving astronomers insight into how these galactic paunches form. The image of NGC 4710 is part of a survey that astronomers have conducted to learn more about the formation of bulges, which are a substantial component of most spiral galaxies. When targeting spiral galaxy bulges, astronomers often seek edge-on galaxies, as their bulges are more easily distinguishable from the disc. The detailed edge-on view of NGC 4710, taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, shows the galaxy's bulge in...
  • Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu sentenced to 24 years

    09/29/2009 1:16:02 PM PDT · by Justaham · 14 replies · 877+ views
    9-29-09 | Me
    Just heard on FoxNews. Former Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu (shoo) is headed for a lengthy prison sentence after his conviction for violating campaign finance laws. Story still developing.
  • Houston–We Have A Funding Problem: Are Human Space Flights Doomed Under Obama’s Socialist Agenda?

    09/12/2009 7:08:18 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 21 replies · 1,058+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | September 12, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    As America prepares to embark upon a new era of human space exploration, President Obama has commissioned a review of the nation’s human space flight plans. Known as the Augustine Committee, this panel has the important charter of evaluating the current NASA plan... Exploration must be recognized as a national imperative that sustains U.S. leadership in space; a significant increase in human space-flight safety should be accomplished under government leadership; we must leave low Earth orbit and explore destinations beyond; and sustaining robust funding and staying the course are imperative... ...Members of the committee presented their preliminary findings to NASA...
  • Astronomy Picture Of The YEAR!

    09/10/2009 3:51:42 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 70 replies · 3,540+ views
    NASA - Hubble ^ | 9-10-09 | Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
    The Butterfly Nebula from Upgraded Hubble Explanation: The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects, and NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the central star of this particular planetary nebula is exceptionally hot though -- shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. Above is a dramatically detailed close-up of the dying star's nebula recorded by the newly upgraded Hubble Space Telescope. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding...
  • Hubble Opens New Eyes on the Universe

    09/09/2009 4:13:32 PM PDT · by FreedomOfExpression · 24 replies · 1,543+ views
    HubbleSite.org ^ | September 9, 2009 | NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, ready to uncover new worlds, peer ever deeper into space, and even map the invisible backbone of the universe. The first snapshots from the refurbished Hubble showcase the 19-year-old telescope's new vision. Topping the list of exciting new views are colorful multi-wavelength pictures of far-flung galaxies, a densely packed star cluster, an eerie "pillar of creation," and a "butterfly" nebula. With its new imaging camera, Hubble can view galaxies, star clusters, and other objects across a wide swath of the electromagnetic spectrum, from ultraviolet to near-infrared light. A new spectrograph slices across...
  • Newly fixed Hubble's initial photos again amaze

    09/09/2009 9:10:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 3,070+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – A refurbished Hubble Space Telescope is showing Earth the sharpest photos yet of cosmic beauty, complete with heavenly glows. NASA on Wednesday unveiled the first deep space photos taken by Hubble since its billion dollar repair mission last spring. That work included installing two new cameras, other science instruments and replacing broken parts. The images of galaxies and nebulas are sharper than previous photos taken of the same places by Hubble before the upgrade. Some of the colorful images have brilliant glows of light that give them halos that to some people can appear heavenly.
  • Southern California fire threatens historic Mount Wilson Observatory

    09/01/2009 12:54:39 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 99 replies · 1,919+ views
    The Scientific American ^ | Sept. 1, 2009 | John Matson
    The so-called Station Fire, which now covers more than 120,000 Southern California acres and is burning largely uncontained, continues to threaten the century-old Mount Wilson Observatory, home to astronomer Edwin Hubble at the time he made his landmark observations of the universe's expansion. The observatory is currently unmanned due to the fire threat and the attending smoke, but a webcam atop Mount Wilson's 150-foot solar tower has provided observatory managers and concerned observers with a view from the scene. At 12:55 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) the camera showed a great deal of smoke but no flames. ...According to the Los...
  • Hubble Repair Team Completes Repairs

    05/18/2009 10:58:05 AM PDT · by BlueStateBlues · 57 replies · 2,829+ views
    Space.com | May 18, 2009 | from Space.com
    The Space Shuttle Atlantis crew has completed its equipment replacements and repairs of the Hubble Space Telescope. Tomorrow they will release the Hubble back into open space.
  • Astronauts hook up new camera for Hubble

    05/15/2009 3:07:03 AM PDT · by Talisker · 33 replies · 1,080+ views
    My Way News ^ | May 14, 1:23 PM (ET) | MARCIA DUNN
    John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel had trouble removing the old camera from the telescope because a bolt was stuck. They fetched extra tools, but none seemed to work. Finally, Mission Control urged the astronauts to use as much force as possible, even though there was a risk the bolt might break. If that had happened, the old camera would be stuck inside, leaving no room for its souped-up replacement. "OK, here we go," Feustel said. "I think I've got it. It turned. It definitely turned." And then: "Woo-hoo, it's moving out!"
  • Shuttle reaches Hubble telescope

    05/13/2009 12:02:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 815+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/13/09 | BBC
    Space shuttle Atlantis has reached the Hubble telescope, orbiting at a height of 560km (350 miles) over the Earth. The shuttle crew completed a delicate dance of manoeuvres intended to align Atlantis' robotic arm with the telescope during their approach. The arm was used to get hold of Hubble and draw it into the shuttle's bay. At 1912 BST, Nasa controllers confirmed that the telescope had been safely berthed and secured atop a platform in Atlantis' payload bay. Five spacewalks beginning on Thursday will upgrade and repair the telescope, which has suffered from recent equipment failures. On the final approach,...
  • Hubble Photographs Giant Eye in Space......

    05/11/2009 6:15:05 PM PDT · by TaraP · 82 replies · 2,131+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 11th, 2009
    The Hubble Space Telescope's legendary Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 has produced one of its last images, a gorgeous shot of a planetary nebula. The nebula, a colorful cloud of gas and dust named Kohoutek 4-55 (or K 4-55), has an eye that appears to be looking right back at Hubble. The image was taken May 4 and released today. Monday, NASA aims to send the space shuttle Atlantis to Hubble, where astronauts will replace the camera with the Wide Field Camera 3, among other upgrades and fix-it projects.
  • Hubble: a time machine that revolutionized astronomy

    05/10/2009 12:09:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 854+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/09 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Hubble space telescope, the object of NASA's fifth and last servicing mission next week, is a veritable time machine that has revolutionized humankind's vision and comprehension of the universe. Put into orbit at an altitude of 600 kilometers (360 miles) by the shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990, Hubble has transmitted more than 750,000 spectacular images and streams of data from the ends of the universe, opening a new era in astronomy. But the telescope, the fruit of a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, had a troubled start and did not become operational...